The 2015 Sirenland Fellow is…..

The Sirenland Writers Conference, along with Literary Affairs, is pleased to announce the winner of the 2015 Sirenland Literary Affairs Fellowship: Mia Alvar.

Mia  was born in Manila and grew up in Bahrain and New York City. Her work has appeared in One Story, The Missouri Review, FiveChapters, The Cincinnati Review, and elsewhere. She has received fellowships from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Yaddo, and the Djerassi Resident Artists Program. A graduate of Harvard College and the School of the Arts at Columbia University, she lives in New York City. Her first book, In the Country, will be published by Knopf in June 2015.Mia Alvar_6313 (1)

The Sirenland Literary Affairs Fellowship provides the opportunity for the winner to attend the Sirenland Writers Conference in Positano, Italy. It is given to a writer who is in the process of completing a project, but has not published a book before March, 2015. Candidates are nominated by a panel of publishing professionals. All entries are read blind and the winner is chosen by Dani Shapiro. Past winners of the Fellowship include Scott Cheshire (High as the Horses’ Bridles), Karen Thompson Walker (The Age of Miracles), Bruce Machart (The Wake of Forgiveness), Robin Black (If I Loved You I Would Tell You this) Sai?d Sayrafiezadeh (When Skateboards Will Be Free) and Dalia Sofer (The Septembers of Shiraz). The 2015 fellowship is sponsored by Literary Affairs.

Founded in 2007 by Antonio Sersale, Michael Maren, Dani Shapiro and Hannah Tinti, the Sirenland Writers Conference takes place each spring at Le Sirenuse Hotel, in Positano, Italy. Each day begins with an intensive advanced writing workshop. Afternoons feature one-on-one conferences, private writing time, lectures and talks about living the writer’s life. Evenings include student and instructor readings, distinguished visiting authors, and fantastic meals overlooking the Tirreno Sea. This year’s teachers include Anthony Doerr, Jim Shepard and Dani Shapiro. For more information, visit: www.sirenland.net.

In business for twenty years, Literary Affairs’ mission is to promote great literature and foster a community of book lovers. The brainchild of lifelong bibliophile and entrepreneur Julie Robinson, Literary Affairs is unique in its commitment to offering a full range of services tailored to the literary lifestyle, including book clubs, conversations with acclaimed authors in intimate locales, literary travel adventures, and an annual fall book festival in Beverly Hills, California. As facilitators of over 40 book clubs per month, Literary Affairs believes that reading books enriches our lives, makes us more human and helps us better understand and have compassion for the world we live in.

  • Diane Segalas

    It is nice to see that there is still great interest in promoting great literature and to see encouragement for book lovers. I agree that reading books gives us an experience that cannot be matched by the iPad. I love reading books and have gone out of my way to keep books from my grandparents that date back to 1895. Congratulations to Mia Alvar.