by David Koon
Poet Stuart Youngman "Sy" Hoahwah received one of 40 $25,000 literary fellowships awarded by the NEA to poets this year. Hoahwah, the author of the books "Black Knife" and "Velroy and the Madischie Mafia," is a graduate of the University of Arkansas creative writing program, and a member of the Comanche Nation of Oklahoma. You can read a bio of Hoahwah and some of his poetry here.
The other awards in the state went to institutions, including a $10,000 grant to the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Society; $10,000 to the Oxford American Literary Project; $10,000 to the Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas; $15,000 to the Walton Arts Center Council; $20,000 to Fayetteville's TheatreSquared theatre to help support the 2012 Arkansas New Play Festival and $10,000 to John Brown University in Siloam Springs to create a writing festival for high school students.
More details about the Arkansas winners here.