TRIBUNE: Two Chicagoans among this year’s MacArthur ‘genius grant’ winners

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The Chicago Tribune is reporting, “A playwright who revels in extended silences.

An improvising musician who will not be confined by genre.

A writer who explores the nuances of the Vietnam War.

These are among the 24 winners of this year’s MacArthur Fellowships, or “genius grants.” Each will receive $625,000 – in quarterly installments – over the next five years, no strings attached. The list includes two Chicagoans.

Given by the Chicago-based John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the fellowships enable recipients to pursue projects that otherwise may have been economically beyond their reach. No one may apply for a MacArthur Fellowship; the candidates are screened and selected without their knowledge….”

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