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Rachel Corbett Wins $10,000 Marfield Prize

WASHINGTON, D.C., MARCH 16, 2017 — The Arts Club of Washington is pleased to announce that Rachel Corbett is the recipient of the eleventh annual Marfield Prize, the National Award for Arts Writing, for her book You Must Change Your Life: The Story of Rainer Maria Rilke and Auguste Rodin (W. W. Norton & Company).

Corbett travels to Washington in May for a brief residency, including a free public discussion of her book at the club on May 3 at 6:30 p.m., and the Marfield Award Dinner on May 4 at 6:30 p.m., an event for club members and their guests hosted by television and radio personality Robert Aubry Davis, one of the judges for the award. Corbett also will meet with students at a local public high school and participate in an interview with Grace Cavalieri, host of the Library of Congress’ podcast, “The Poet and the Poem.”

Rachel Corbett is editor in chief of Modern Painters magazine. Her writing also has appeared in the New Yorker, New York Times, The Art Newspaper, New York Magazine, and other publications. She lives in Brooklyn, New York. You Must Change Your Life is her first book.

This year’s award judges are Robert Aubry Davis, creator and host of the public radio show “Millennium of Music” and host and moderator of WETA TV’s arts-discussion program, “Around Town”; W. Ralph Eubanks, author of Ever Is a Long Time: A Journey Into Mississippi’s Dark Past and The House at the End of the Road: The Story of Three Generations of an Interracial Family in the American South; and Matthea Harvey, author of five books of poetry and two books for children, including If the Tabloids Are True What Are You? and Modern Life, winner of the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award.

Corbett’s book was selected from a field of finalists that include Jane Kamensky for A Revolution in Color: The World of John Singleton Copley (W. W. Norton & Company); Alexander Nemerov for Soulmaker: The Times of Lewis Hine (Princeton University Press); Claudia Roth Pierpont for American Rhapsody: Writers, Musicians, Movie Stars, and One Great Building (Farrar, Straus and Giroux); and Paul Youngquist for A Pure Solar World: Sun Ra and the Birth of Afrofuturism (University of Texas Press).

 

Posted on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 by MarfieldAdmin

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