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Augustana’s Writer-in-Residence recipient of Bush Grant

SIOUX FALLS – Dr. Patrick Hicks, Associate Professor of English/Journalism, is the recipient of a 2009 Dakota Creative Connections (DCC) Grant from the Bush Foundation.

This is a competitive grant, and Dr. Hicks, Augustana’s Writer-in-Residence, is one of only ten artists chosen from North and South Dakota. The grant will support research for his first novel, which he will be writing during his sabbatical in 2010.

Dr. Hicks will use the DCC grant to visit Poland. “More to the point, I will be conducting research at Auschwitz, Auschwitz II (Birkenau), Oswiecim, and Krakow. One of the main characters in my novel was involved in the Holocaust and I’ll be using the grant to research his background.”

The novel is tentatively entitled, Juniper Falls.

In addition to receiving the DCC grant, Dr. Hicks’ short story “57 Gatwick” is in the current issue of Glimmer Train (Fall, 2009), which is considered one of the best fiction magazines in the nation. Many stories appearing in Glimmer Train are often reprinted in the prestigious annual publication, The Best American Short Stories.

Dr. Hicks’s latest book is
Finding the Gossamer, published by
Salmon Poetry in Ireland.

Dr. Hicks has taught creative writing and Irish Literature at Augustana since 2002. In 2006 he received the Excellence in the Literary Arts Award at the Mayor’s Awards for the Arts. In 2007 he was appointed Writer in Residence at Augustana. He grew up in Stillwater, Minn., earned an MA in English at Queens University of Belfast, Northern Ireland, and his PhD at the University of Sussex in England.

DCC grants provide artists with project support ranging from $3,000 to $6,000. The grants can be used for travel, study and research; artist residencies and retreats; equipment and materials; and for short-term projects. The program is managed in partnership with the Saint Paul-based “Springboard for the Arts.”

Dr. Hicks and the other recipients were chosen by a regional panel of five artists and curators.

The Bush Foundation was established in 1952 by 3M executive Archibald Bush and his wife Edyth. The Foundation strives to be a catalyst to shape vibrant communities in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota by investing in courageous and effective leadership that significantly strengthens and improves the well-being of people in these three states.