Rachael Uwada Clifford, M.F.A. ’18, Receives Elizabeth George Foundation grant for 2020

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The Writing Seminars is happy to announce that Rachael Uwada Clifford has won an Elizabeth George Foundation grant for 2020.  The $31,500 grant will support the completion of Clifford’s first novel and story collection for one year.

The Elizabeth George Foundation makes artistic grants to unpublished fiction writers, to poets, to emerging playwrights and to organizations benefiting disadvantaged youth.

Rachael Uwada Clifford is a writer and poet. The daughter of Nigerian immigrants, she grew up in the American South and Southwest. She won first place in Glimmer Train’s Short Story Award for New Writers and was selected by Cate Marvin as a Best New Poet of 2019. Her other honors include fellowships from the Cave Canem Foundation, Kimbilio, The Mastheads, Ox-Bow, the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation, the Palm Beach Poetry Festival, and the Maryland State Arts Council.  She received her BA from Hampshire College and her MFA from the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University, where she also taught creative writing. Her work appears in Glimmer Train and Best New Poets.