In 2018, we awarded our very first Meret Grants. The grant, named after the Egyptian goddess of rejoicing, provides two of our former readers with $1000 to support their work in any way they need — research, travel, childcare, space, anything. All women who participated in our readings were eligible to apply.
Diana Marie Delgado
Diana Marie Delgado's first poetry collection, Tracing the Horse, is forthcoming from BOA Editions (Fall, 2019). She is the author of Late Night Talks with Men I Think I Trust (Center for Book Arts, 2015). She is a recipient of a 2017 National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship in Poetry and has received grants and scholarships from the Frost Place Conference on Poetry, Letras Latinas, Hedgebrook and Bread Loaf Writer's Conference. Delgado holds a BA in Poetry from UC Riverside and an MFA in Poetry from Columbia University. Her poetry has appeared in Ploughshares, Ninth Letter, The North American Review, Prairie Schooner, TriQuarterly and Fourteen Hills. A member of CantoMundo and Macondo writing communities, her work is often rooted in her experiences growing up Mexican-American in Southern California. Summer of 2018 she will begin her new role as the Literary Director of the Poetry Center at the University of Arizona in Tucson.
"This grant will provide me time off to write about the lives of women who live on the fringes, and in that writing, expand their visibility in literature."
— Diana MARIE Delgado
Swati Khurana is an artist, writer, and educator. Her writing published in The New York Times, Guernica, Chicago Quarterly Review, Massachusetts Review, The Offing, The Rumpus, Art-India, Apogee, Asian American Literary Review, The Margins and in the Good Girls Marry Doctors anthology, edited by Piyali Bhattacharya. She holds a B.A. in History from Columbia, an M.A. in Studio Art from NYU, and an M.F.A. in Fiction at Hunter College. She has been supported by fellowships and residencies from Center for Fiction, Jerome Foundation, New York Foundation for the Arts, Vermont Studio Center, Bronx Arts Council, Hertog Foundation, Center for Books Arts, Kundiman, Cooper Union, Henry Street Settlement, Wave Hill, Rotunda Gallery, Bronx Museum, Atlantic Center for the Arts. In 1997, she was a founding member of the South Asian Women’s Creative Collective. She is launching a podcast called "TBR: Tarot Books Radio" that centers women of color through conversations on literary medicine, to inspire, enchant, and soothe those of us who need to feel uplifted and emboldened.