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Elizabeth Evitts Dickinson Literary Arts

$40,000 Mary Sawyers Imboden Prize

Elizabeth Evitts Dickinson is an award-winning writer whose work encompasses cultural criticism, narrative nonfiction, investigative journalism, short fiction, and memoir. Known for astute research coupled with incisive, literary prose, Elizabeth’s work has been widely published in places like The New Yorker, The New York Times, Harper’s, The Washington Post Magazine, The Southern Review, and McSweeney’s Internet Tendency. 

Her nonfiction has been optioned for film and television, and has earned recognition in The Best American Essays anthology, among many accolades. Her fiction won the Independent Artist Award from The Maryland State Arts Council twice. In 2017, Elizabeth was awarded the Mary Sawyers Baker Prize in the Literary Arts and a Rubys Artist Grant. In 2018, she was a National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellow. 

Her work has been supported with fellowships and residencies to places like the Vermont Studio Center and The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts; and through generous grants from organizations such as the Sustainable Arts Foundation, The Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance, the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, the Maryland State Arts Council and The Robert W. Deutsch Foundation, among others.

Elizabeth lives in Baltimore city with her husband and daughter, and their dog. She’s currently working on a book for Simon & Schuster about Claire McCardell, the trailblazing fashion designer whose revolutionary designs helped women live independent lives.


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