Robin Bradford and Craig Arnold
Robin Bradford, a writer of short fiction, is from Austin. Craig Arnold, a poet, has lived in Temple and Austin and is currently residing in Salt Lake City.
Bradford, who holds the Ralph Johnston Memorial Fellowship, began residence in September. Arnold will hold the Jesse Jones Writing Fellowship and begin residency in March 2001.
Bradford attended Southwest Texas State University, the University of Delaware, and Brown University, from which she received an MFA degree in Creative Writing. She has had residencies at the Yaddo Colony for the Arts in New York and at the Villa Montalvo Arts Colony in California. Her short stories have appeared in a variety of publications including Prize Stories 1995: The O. Henry Awards. Until recently she served as Coordinator of Development at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center at UT Austin
Bradford proposes to complete a collection of short stories, titled If This Were a Beaded Object, and to write new stories for a collection about motherhood.
Arnold was a Visiting Writer in the Department of English at UT Austin in Fall 1999 and was the Thornton Writer-in-Residence at Lynchburg College in Virginia in Spring 2000. He was awarded the Amy Lowell Traveling Scholarship in 1996-97 and held the John Atherton Fellowship in Poetry at the Bread Loaf Writers Conference in 1999. He took his BA at Yale and is finishing his Ph.D. in creative writing at the University of Utah.
His poetry has appeared in the Colorado Review, the Yale Review, Poetry, the Paris Review, and The New Republic. Arnold's first book of poetry, Shells, was selected by W.S. Merwin as the 1998 volume of the Yale Series of Younger Poets (Yale University Press, 1999). Arnold hopes to complete a book-length poem, tentatively entitled "Made Flesh," whose subject, he says, "is, quite simply, joy." He envisions it as "a song-cycle or rhapsody, a marriage of the classical and the experimental, partly narrative, partly speaking in tongues".
Vicente Lozano, a poet from Austin, was selected as the runner-up.