Three Normandale English Faculty Members awarded Minnesota Arts Board grants

By Steven Geller - Director of Media and Public Relations

Three Normandale Community College English instructors were awarded 2015 Artist Initiative Grants in Creative Prose from the Minnesota State Arts Board. Amy Fladeboe, Kurtis Scaletta and Charlotte Sullivan all received grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board for their respective projects.

Fladeboe, Scaletta and Sullivan were three of only 21 individuals to receive Creative Prose Grants. The grants are very competitive, and only a small percentage of applicants are funded. The awards range from $2,000 to $10,000.

Fladeboe will revise her novel I Have Taken Many Mountains, about an Albanian immigrant. She will offer four public readings of the manuscript in Minnesota cities where she has lived (Duluth, Mankato, Minneapolis, and Willmar).

Scaletta will complete a middle-grade novel about aspiring baseball players in the Dominican Republic, and follow the rise of one player, Rafael Reyes, from street ball to spring training in Florida. He will read from the manuscript at several Minneapolis locations as part of a youth reading initiative.

Sullivan will complete one picture book and develop two additional manuscripts on topics related to social and environmental justice by working with mentor Jackie Briggs Martin. She will read from her work and discuss the creation of picture books at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis and at a public library in Dakota County.