Carolina Ixta Navarro-Gutiérrez (left) and Da'Shawn Mosley (right), 2019 Residents

Carolina Ixta Navarro-Gutiérrez (left) and Da’Shawn Mosley (right), 2019 Residents

In late June, emerging Alumni writers Carolina Ixta Navarro-Gutiérrez and Da’Shawn Mosley arrived in New York City for a five-night stay at The Roosevelt Hotel. They had been selected from a competitive pool of applicants by author Kiese Laymon to participate in the “A Suite of One’s Own: A Writer’s Residency” 2019 program. Now in its fourth year, the Residency provides travel, accommodation, and opportunities to meet with literary professionals to two Alumni writers. Most importantly, the Residents receive the gift of time and space to focus on their writing away from what Scholastic Inc. founder Maurice R. Robinson called, “the standardizing pressures of adult life.”

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After receiving a record number of applicants and a competitive adjudication process, the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers is pleased to announce that Carolina Ixta Navarro-Gutiérrez and Da’Shawn Mosley have been selected by author and writer Kiese Laymon as the 2019 recipients of A Suite of One’s Own: A Writer’s Residency. Made possible by the support of Amazon Literary Partnership and The Roosevelt Hotel, this annual Writer’s Residency enables two Alumni of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards to travel to New York City and spend five nights at the historic Roosevelt Hotel. Over the course of the Residency, Navarro-Gutiérrez and Mosley will be granted the time and space to focus on their writing projects, and receive opportunities to meet with literary professionals.

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Dr. Lucianne Walkowicz, 2019 Alumni Achievement Awardee

Dr. Lucianne Walkowicz, 2019 Alumni Achievement Awardee

The Alumni Achievement Award is given to Alumni of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards who have made a mark in their field. From Alumni Achievement Awardees Kay WalkingStick, whose landscape paintings brought Native American art to a larger audience, to Marc Brown, whose children’s books featuring the adorable aardvark Arthur led to a beloved children’s television program watched by millions, our Alumni are changing the world.

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The Alliance for Young Artist & Writers is proud to introduce Erica Berry, Trace DePass, Erick A. Hernandez, Kira Keck, Lynn Kim, and Grace Sachi Troxell as its 2019 Alumni Microgrant recipients, selected by judge Kenseth Armstead. Currently in its fourth year, the Alumni Microgrant Program awards up to $1,000 to support the projects of past Scholastic Art & Writing Awards recipients in any and all creative fields. Read on to learn more about the inspired projects of these artists and writers.

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LUCIE COOPER, Contemplation with Book, Drawing & Illustration. Grade 10, Age 15, Power APAC School, Jackson, MS

LUCIE COOPER, Contemplation with Book, Drawing & Illustration. Grade 10, Age 15, Power APAC School, Jackson, MS

Three years ago, the Alumni Council of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards created a residency for Alumni. A Suite of One’s Own: A Writer’s Residency at the historic Roosevelt Hotel in the heart of New York City was created to give the gift of time and space for a writer in need of a retreat from, in the words of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards founder Maurice R. Robinson, “the standardizing pressure of adult life.” This year, two Alumnae, Olga Rukovets and Shannelle Mills, participated in the residency. Here’s what they had to say about their time at The Roosevelt Hotel:

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Photograph by Max Mikulecky

Photograph by Max Mikulecky

Since 2016, the Alumni Council of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards has presented creative alumni with microgrants to help them pursue a creative endeavor. This year, six alumni were selected to receive microgrants for projects ranging from finishing an artist’s book to sharing personal poetry at a convention. Read on to see what our alumni have been up to!

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