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The Maxine Cushing Gray Endowed Libraries Visiting Writers Fellowship

Maxine Cushing Gray

About the Endowment

The purpose of the Endowment is to honor a Northwest writer of notable talent, preferably on an annual basis. The fellowship will include a one-time monetary award.

The Maxine Cushing Gray Endowed Libraries Visiting Writers Fellowship was established in 1985 at The Seattle Foundation by friends and admirers of the late Maxine Cushing Gray. The Fund was established to honor her wide-ranging contributions and to recognize future generations of established writers of exceptional merit. The fellowship includes a one-time monetary award honoring a Northwest writer of notable achievement. In 2004 the fund was moved to the UW Libraries. Fellowship recipients are invited to the UW campus to speak at the Maxine Cushing Gray Distinguished Writer Lecture.

Founding members of the Endowment are R.M. Campbell, Meade Emory and Judith A. Whetzel.

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Who was Maxine Cushing Gray?

Maxine Cushing Gray was a prominent Northwest critic and editor for nearly 40 years. Gray worked tirelessly to see that all artists, as well as writers, were given just recognition and financial compensation for their work. As a music and dance critic for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and Argus, and founding editor/publisher of Northwest Arts, she not only nurtured the development of artists in the Northwest, but often acted as their conscience. She sought to keep all public bodies accountable and was an advocate for artists seeking an individual voice. She set standards of criticism, fought acceptance of the mediocre and encouraged the young.

Her extensive papers reside at the University Libraries.

Past Fellowship Recipients

UW Libraries awardees since 2006

  • Yussef El Guindi 2018-19
  • Barry Lopez 2016-17
  • Heather McHugh 2014-15
  • Timothy Egan 2012-13
  • Charles R. Johnson 2010-11
  • Madeline DeFrees 2008-09
  • David Laskin 2007-08
  • Robert Schenkkan 2006-07

Seattle Foundation awardees through 2005

  • Murray Morgan
  • David Wagoner
  • Raymond Carver and Tess Gallagher (joint award)
  • Ivan Doig
  • Jonathan Raban
  • Denise Levertov
  • Dick Dunn
  • Shawn Wong