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New York Public Library Names Salvatore Scibona Director of Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers

The novelist Salvatore Scibona, whose book The End (2008) won the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Fiction Award and was a finalist for the National Book Award, has been appointed director of the New York Public Library’s Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers.

The international fellowship program is open to academics, independent scholars, artists, and creative writers whose work will benefit directly from the opportunity to access the collections at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building. The center appoints fifteen fellows a year for a nine-month term at the library, from September through May.

“As an accomplished writer and former Cullman Center Fellow, Salvatore is a perfect fit for this position,” said Bill Kelly, NYPL’s Andrew W. Mellon Director of the Research Libraries. “We know Salvatore will continue the tradition of excellence at the Cullman Center fostered by Jean Strouse, and we know future Fellows will thrive under his stewardship.”

Scibona previously administered the residential writing fellowship program at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts, from 2004 through 2013. He also taught English and creative writing at Wesleyan University from 2013 to 2016. His writing has appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times, Harper’s, the San Francisco Chronicle, and GQ Italia, and he has received fellowships from the Cullman Center, the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Scibona’s second novel, Everyone, completed at the Cullman Center, will be published by Penguin Press in 2019 and his third book is scheduled to be released in 2021.

Scibona will begin his tenure on September 5. He succeeds Jean Strouse, who stepped down after fourteen years to write a book about John Singer Sargent’s twelve portraits of the Asher Wertheimer family.