Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Congratulations, Genius!

Congratulations to poet and short story writer Stuart Dybek, who has just been named the recipient of a $500,000 "Genius Grant" from the MacArthur Foundation. Stuart taught for many years in the MFA Program at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, and was always an inspiration to Michigan-based writers.

5 Comments:

Blogger Talia said...

I enjoyed "Streets In Their Own Ink." http://taliatulledge.blogspot.com/2007/08/streets-in-their-own-ink-by-stuart.html

But a $500,000 grant? Is that taxpayer money? (Sorry, I just can't help myself). At least it went to a poet I like...otherwise it would really be a shameful waste.

8:18 AM  
Blogger greg rappleye said...

Talia:

The money is from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, not from the government. The money is paid to the recipient over 5 years, at $100,000 per.

When you stop and think about it, $500,000 isn't THAT much money. A good heart surgeon who has practiced 35 years or-so might make twice that amount a year, every year. An actor might get $10 or $20 million for six weeks worth of work in one movie.

An award of $500,000 only seems like a lot of money in the writing world because we are USED to being paid in copies of the journals we publish in, not in real dollars.

8:57 AM  
Blogger Talia said...

That is true. But an extra $100,000 this year would pay off all of my debts including mortgage and student loans, would be a nice amount of start-up for my husband to open up his dream car lot...

Maybe I'll just work hard as an English teacher and hope someone nominates me as a genius.

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