Lysley Tenorio MFA in Creative Writing Faculty in Fiction Receives Harvard Radcliffe Fellowship

Faculty in fiction Lysley Tenorio has been named a 2021–2022 fellow at the Harvard Radcliffe Institute, joining an extraordinary group of artists, scientists, scholars, and practitioners who will learn from and inspire one another in a year of discovery and interdisciplinary exchange in Cambridge. 

As the 2021–2022 Mildred Londa Weisman Fellow, Tenorio will pursue an individual project in a community dedicated to exploration and inquiry. While in residence, he will work on a third book of fiction focusing on the global experience of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW’s).

“In the wake of an unprecedented—and profoundly difficult—14 months, the challenges facing our society are daunting. Some of these challenges are new, others are merely new to the spotlight—deep and longstanding issues that have been exacerbated by the pandemic and its far-reaching consequences. Our newest class of fellows will reckon with this moment and its meaning, and they will push the limits of knowledge and practice across the sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities. We cannot wait to welcome them.” -Radcliffe Dean Tomiko Brown-Nagin (RI ’17)

The acceptance rate for the class, which represents nine countries, was 2.4 percent, from 1,383 applications. 

Lysley Tenorio is the author of the novel The Son of Good Fortune and the story collection Monstress, and the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a Whiting Award, and the Rome Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.  He is a Professor in the Department of English and the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Saint Mary’s College of California.

Date of Mention: 
Friday, May 7, 2021