Stanford writers win Berlin Prize fellowships

Molly Antopol
Molly Antopol

Two members of the creative writing faculty, ADAM JOHNSON and MOLLY ANTOPOL, were among the 23 scholars, writers and artists to have been awarded Berlin Prize fellowships for 2016-17 by the American Academy in Berlin. Johnson is the Phil and Penny Knight Professor in Creative Writing; Antopol is a Jones Lecturer.

Both Johnson and Antopol will be in residence at the academy’s lakeside center in Berlin in spring 2017 for the fellowship, which is awarded annually to scholars, writers, composers and artists from the United States who represent the highest standards of excellence in their fields.

Antopol plans to work on a new novel, The After Party, in which she explores her interests in surveillance and privacy, politics and the Cold War. Johnson also plans work on a new novel; his book will explore questions of displacement, scarcity, resource distribution, sustainability, social organization and war.

The Berlin Prize provides recipients with the time and resources to step back from their daily obligations to work on academic and artistic projects they might not otherwise pursue. The fellows are encouraged to work with local individuals and institutions in the academy’s well-established network, forging rich connections and lasting transatlantic relationships.