Anjali Enjeti wins Sundress Academy for the Arts Fellowship

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Anjali Enjeti

By Madelyn Montgomery

Anjali Enjeti, a faculty member in the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program, will spend two weeks in Knoxville, Tennessee next spring as a recipient of the Sundress Academy for the Arts’ (SAFTA) inaugural Fourth Estate Residency Fellowship.

Enjeti is a well-respected journalist, having been published in the Atlanta Journal Constitution, The New York Times, Washington Post and NBC, among many others.

“Anjali Enjeti is one of the most accessible writers I know, not just with her steadfast writing but with how she interacts with students,” said Bill Walsh, director of the MFA-CW program. “We are fortunate to have Anjali teaching in our writing program, as she is truly one of the finest writers in the country.”

SAFTA believes it is important to give journalists and writers time to research, write and revise their work that delves into current events and issues. The fellowship is intended to give writers space and time to do the necessary work.

Her application for the Fourth Estate Fellowship consisted of two previously published articles, “The State of Captivity,” which covers the topic of former Vietnamese and Cambodian refugees facing detention and deportation, as well as a piece entitled “Ghost of White People’s Past.” This piece is a look into the large-scale migration of white people from Atlanta.

“I’m thrilled to spend two weeks at Sundress Academy for the Arts in Knoxville this April as the winner of the inaugural Fourth Estate Fellowship. It couldn’t come at a more perfect time,” said Enjeti. “I’m a full-time freelance writer, a teacher and a mother to three girls. Uninterrupted writing time sounds heavenly to me.”

She received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Duke University, a Juris Doctor from Washington University School of Law, and an MFA in Creative Writing from Queens University in Charlotte.

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