New IAIA Creative Writing Fellowship for Native writers at Vermont Studio Center

Vermont Studio Center is proud to announce a new partnership with the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) to sponsor an annual IAIA Creative Writing Fellowship awarding a month-long residency to Native writers who are alumni of the MFA Creative Writing program at IAIA.  The award includes round-trip travel to Vermont Studio Center and a $500 stipend. The deadline for the next IAIA fellowship is June 15, 2016.

Congratulations to Paige Buffington, who was nominated for the inauguralIAIA Creative Writing Fellowship at VSC. Her residency will begin in September 2016. 

Paige Buffington’s family is originally from Tohatchi, New Mexico, a small town sitting on the Eastern portion of the expanisive Navajo Nation. She is Navajo, of the Naashaashi Clan (Bear Enemies), Born for the Bilagáana (White People). She earned both her BFA and MFA in Creative Writing from the Institute of American Indian Arts. 

Paige has been a recipient of the Truman Capote Fellowship, and has attended both the Juniper Summer Writing Institute and Idyllwild Summer Writing Program. Her work has been published in the Taos Journal of International Poetry & Arts. Her poem “All-American Biography” was published in Narrative and went on to earn recognition from the Western Writers of America.

She currently lives in Gallup, New Mexico where she works as a receptionist by day and chases down the town’s stories by night.