Candace Denning

Creative Renewal Arts Fellow - In 1999, the Arts Council of Indianapolis, with generous support from the Lilly Endowment, established the Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship program. Originally conceived as a renewal opportunity similar to an academic sabbatical, this groundbreaking initiative offers mid-career artists and arts administrators the opportunity to renew and refresh their creativity. In it's 9th round, the fellowship offers 30 artists and arts administrators $10,000 for an 18 month fellowship period.

Candace planned to use the Fellowship for chance to write full-time on a collection of short stories, but her project was cut short. An opportunity arose for Candace to visit family in Sicily during the Christmas season. Through the Fellowship, Candace was able to step away from the chaos of life and travel to Sicily. She experienced Sicilian traditions, inclement weather, the diversity of Sicily and a few travel mishaps. Candace returned home refreshed and “…in a completely different

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Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, Warren Wilson College, Asheville, NC


Assistant Professor, Creative and Freshman Writing Programs, Ball State University; Board Member, Writers’ Center of Indiana


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