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Burnaway’s Emergency Writers Grant

Five Southern critics and culture writers have been chosen to receive Burnaway’s Emergency Writers Grant, a microgrant of $500 aimed at supporting freelancers’ livelihoods in the face of the financial uncertainty brought on by COVID-19.


L Autumn Gnadinger is an artist and art writer from Louisville, Kentucky, where they are the print and digital media editor for the journal Ruckus.

Nneka M. Okona is a Nigerian American writer from Atlanta, Georgia. Her work focuses on food and travel and how race, culture, and history—namely, of Black people—intersect with those two themes.

Lydia Y. Nichols is a writer from New Orleans, Louisiana. Through arts and cultural criticism, Lydia explores the impacts of lived experience, ancestral memory, and the historical imaginary of race on the bio-social ecologies of the Gulf South and the Caribbean. Her work has been published in 64 Parishes, Bayou Brief, theGrio.com, The Lens New Orleans, Pelican Bomb, Tribes Magazine, and other outlets. 

Diana C. Stoll is an independent writer and editor based in Asheville, North Carolina. She is a major contributor to the 2019 edition of Naomi Rosenblum’s A World History of Photography (Abbeville).

Monica Uszerowicz is a writer and photographer in Miami, Florida. Her work has appeared in BOMB, the Los Angeles Review of Books, Artforum, Hyperallergic, Cultured, Art in America, and elsewhere.


Be on the lookout for further opportunities for writers from Burnaway, including applications for this summer’s Art Writing Incubator, which will take place virtually.

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