Scottsdale author one of 10 to earn Arts Commission grant

The Arizona Commission on the Arts, an agency of the State of Arizona, announced the recipients of Artist Research and Development Grants for Fiscal Year 2016.

Among those receiving a grant this year is Scottsdale literary artist Lois Roma-Deeley.

The highly-competitive grant program awards funding to Arizona artists practicing in a variety of artistic disciplines in support of research and development leading to the creation of new works of art. This year, 10 of 102 applicants received an award of up to $5,000 in funding.

In addition to the Artist Research and Development Grant, the Arts Commission also presented the Bill Desmond Writing Award, which offers funding in the amount of $1,000 to excelling nonfiction writers for specific project-related costs.

The recipient is selected from the pool of applicants for Artist Research and Development Grants, and a single applicant may be awarded both. The award was established by Kathleen Desmond to honor her late husband, Bill Desmond, a reporter, editor, and nonfiction writer.

2016 Artist Research and Development Grant Recipients

Juan Freitez (Phoenix), Digital Media Artist
Annie Guthrie (Tucson), Literary Artist
Carla Keaton (Tempe), Visual Artist
Cristóbal Martínez (Mesa), Digital Media Artist
Melani “Mele” Martinez (Tucson), Performing Artist
Lisa Molomot (Tucson), Digital Media Artist
Milta Ortiz (Tucson), Performing Artist
Lois Roma-Deeley (Scottsdale), Literary Artist
M. Jenea Sanchez (Douglas), Digital Media Artist
Shawn Skabelund (Flagstaff), Visual Artist

2016 Bill Desmond Writing Award Recipient

 Annie Guthrie (Tucson), Literary Artist

Using the Arizona landscape as metaphor, theme and setting, Lois Roma-Deeley will write a book-length series of linked narrative poems titled Voices from the Desert: Witnesses and Outsiders.

Ms. Roma-Deeley is the author of three books of poetry and has been published in numerous anthologies and literary journals. She has won numerous awards and honors for her poetry, including the Samuel T. Coleridge Literary Prize.

Ms. Roma-Deeley has taught creative writing at the graduate and undergraduate levels for more than 25 years and was named U.S. Professor of the Year, Community College, by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.

One of 56 state and jurisdictional arts agencies across the United States, the Arizona Commission on the Arts is a 49-year-old agency of the State of Arizona and a leading force in the creative and professional development of Arizona’s arts sector.

Through robust programs, research initiatives and strategic grant making, the Arts Commission catalyzes arts-based partnerships that strengthen Arizona communities through the arts.

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