Current Cornell MFA student, Shakarean Hutchinson, is the most recent recipient of the Hurston/Wright Foundation Award for College Writers.
The Hurston/Wright Award for College Writers is presented annually to one fiction writer and one poet. According to the Hurston/Wright Foundation, the award was “initiated to support emerging Black artists in fiction and poetry enrolled full-time in an undergraduate or graduate school program anywhere in the United States.”
Shakarean received this award for her short story “How to Kill Pigs.” In a recent article for The Cornell Daily Sun, Hutchinson describes the story as “centered on a black teenage girl named Daisy ‘who is understanding the effect men play in her life.’”
Hutchinson is currently in her second year of the MFA program in Creative Writing at Cornell University where she is a fiction writer.