Yesterday the winners of the MacArthur Fellows Program, commonly dubbed the ‘Genius Grant’, were announced, and it was revealed that 12 of the 23 winners were women. Of these are poet Claudia Rankine, Writer Maggie Nelson and Composer Julia Wolfe. Other winners include Jewellery Maker and Sculptor Joyce J. Scott, Bioengineer Rebecca Richards-Kortum and Artist Mary Reid Kelley.

The highly coveted fellowship is a $625,000 five-year grant awarded to ‘individuals who show exceptional creativity in their work’ and is ‘designed to provide recipients with the flexibility to pursue their own artistic, intellectual, and professional activities’.

Find out more about the grant here.

See the full list of winners below:

  • Ahilan Arulanantham – Human Rights Lawyer
  • Daryl Baldwin – Linguist and Cultural Preservationist
  • Anne Basting – Theater Artist and Educator
  • Vincent Fectea – Sculptor
  • Branden Jacobs-Jenkins – Playwright
  • Kellie Jones – Art Historian and Curator
  • Subhash Khot – Theoretical Computer Scientist
  • Josh Ku – Cultural Historian
  • Maggie Nelson – Writer
  • Dianne Newman – Microbiologist
  • Victoria Orphan – Geobiologist
  • Manu Prakash – Physical Biologist and Inventor
  • José A. Quiñonez – Financial Services Innovator
  • Claudia Rankine – Poet
  • Lauren Redniss – Artist and Writer
  • Mary Reid Kelle – Video Artist
  • Rebecca Richards-Kortum – Bioengineer
  • Joyce J. Scott – Jewelry Maker and Sculptor
  • Sarah Stillman – Long-Form Journalist
  • Bill Thies – Computer Scientist
  • Julia Wolfe – Composer
  • Gene Luen Yang – Graphic Novelist
  • Jin-Quan Yu – Synthetic Chemist LLY


Image: John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

Posted by:Carly Lewis-Oduntan

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