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Poet Catherine Calabro '06 Wins Zell Fellowship

May 15, 2009

Catherine Calabro May 2009.jpgMay 15, 2009, Greencastle, Ind. — Catherine Elizabeth Calabro, a 2006 graduate of DePauw University, has been awarded a Zell Post-M.F.A. Writing Fellowship at the University of Michigan. Established through the generosity of the Zell Family Foundation, the $25,000 fellowships are intended to support the work of seven promising writers who are completing graduate study in U of M's M.F.A. program. Calabro received her M.F.A. on May 1.

Calabro, who majored in English (writing) and French at DePauw and was an Honor Scholar, was honored for her poetry. She was the 2005-06 winner of the Paul Query Prize for Poetry, which is presented by DePauw's English department.

Zell Fellowships provide a third-year opportunity for writers to stay in residence during the academic year following graduating from Michigan's M.F.A. in creative writing program. During the year-long fellowship, they are expected to take on one significant initiative to enhance the writing community in Ann Arbor and are provided with time and money to complete their first manuscript of poems or prose.

The poetry competition for the Zell Fellowship was judged by Major Jackson.

"Catherine has been a vibrant member of our community and we are glad to have her around for another year," states Sean Norton, assistant director of UM's M.F.A. in creative writing program.

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