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Local writers win Oregon Literary Fellowships

Literary Arts announced this week that it awarded 2014 Oregon Literary Fellowships to two Southern Oregon writers.

Southern Oregon University professor Robert Arellano, author of six novels including the Edgar Award-finalist "Havana Lunar," published in 2009 by Akashic Books, will hold the Leslie Bradshaw Fellowship in fiction for 2014. Arellano lives in Talent and helped found SOU's Institute of New Writing last year with fellow creative writing professors Kasey Mohammad and Craig Wright.

Anjie Seewer Reynolds of Ashland received The Edna L. Holmes Fellowship in Young Readers Literature.

The Literary Arts judges named a total of eight writers and two publishers to receive fellowship grants of $2,500. The awards will be presented at the Oregon Book Awards Ceremony March 17 in Portland.

Literary Arts is a Portland-based organization that strives "to engage readers, support writers and inspire the next generation with great literature," an announcement of the fellowships said.