As Jennifer Schuessler reported in the New York Times, the MacArthur Foundation announced their annual "Genius" grant winners yesterday. I'm very excited to see that the new list of "Geniuses" includes authors we've written about here at the Seattle Review of Books over the past year.
Willie Fitzgerald wrote a review incorporating Claudia Rankine's compelling poetry collection Citizen last year.
The brilliant Maggie Nelson has been written about a few times here on the site, most notably in Cate McGehee's splendid review of The Argonauts and Jennifer Bernstein's review of, among other books, Nelson's The Art of Cruelty.
I reviewed the first issue of cartoonist Gene Luen Yang's comic book New Super-Man when it was released two months ago.
Congratulations to all the "Geniuses," (Those quotation marks are accurate, according to the MacArthur style guide, but they always feel so sarcastic whenever I write about the MacArthur grants that I always consider leaving them out.) I look forward to publishing many more pieces about their works here on the Seattle Review of Books in years to come.