Rachel Corbett

Rachel Corbett Wins $10,000 Marfield Prize for Arts Writing

The Arts Club of Washington, DC, has announced that Rachel Corbett has won the eleventh annual Marfield Prize, a national award recognizing arts writing, for her book You Must Change Your Life: The Story of Rainer Maria Rilke and Auguste Rodin (2016).

The Brooklyn-based writer will travel to DC in May for a brief residency, a public discussion on her book, and the celebratory Marfield Award dinner. During her stay, Corbett will also meet with local high school students and appear on Grace Cavalieri’s Library of Congress podcast, “The Poet and the Poem.” Corbett is editor in chief of Modern Painters magazine. Her writing has also been featured in such publications as the New Yorker, the New York Times, and the Art Newspaper.

The judging panel consisted of television and radio host Robert Aubry Davis, author W. Ralph Eubanks, and author and poet Matthea Harvey. Among the works short-listed for the award were Jane Kamensky’s A Revolution in Color: The World of John Singleton Copley (2016), Alexander Nemerov’s Soulmaker: The Times of Lewis Hine (2016), Claudia Roth Pierpont’s American Rhapsody: Writers, Musicians, Movie Stars, and One Great Building (2016), and Paul Youngquist’s A Pure Solar World: Sun Ra and the Birth of Afrofuturism (2016).