We’re very proud to announce that OS Associate Editor (and all around swell lady) Marie-Helene Bertino has been selected as a 2011 Center for Fiction NYC Emerging Writers Fellow. The inaugural honor, eligible to early career writers residing in New York City’s five boroughs whose work has shown promise of excellence, was bestowed upon just eight recipients who will hold the title over the next year. Among other benefits, each writer was awarded a grant of $3,000 as well as their own desk in the Center for Fiction’s Writers’ Studio in NYC. The winners were selected by a panel of five writers: Stefan Merrill Block, Michelle Hoover, Fiona Maazel, Drew Perry, and Patrick Somerville.
Marie’s stories have appeared or are forthcoming in The Pushcart Prize Anthology XXXIII, The North American Review (Kurt Vonnegut Award 2007), Mississippi Review, Inkwell, The Indiana Review, American Short Fiction and West Branch. She received an MFA from Brooklyn College, where she was the fiction editor of The Brooklyn Review. She hails from Philadelphia and lives in Brooklyn. Upon finding out her daughter had received the Center for Fiction fellowship, Marie’s Mom called it “such a nifty thing to be a part of.”