Finalists Chosen for the 2008 Cintas Foundation Fellowship in Creative Writing

Released on: May 17, 2008, 5:26 am

Press Release Author: Cintas Foundation

Industry: Non Profit

Press Release Summary: The Frost Art Museum and Cintas Foundation Announce the

Press Release Body: Miami, May 12, 2008 - The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum at
Florida International University and the Cintas Foundation today announced finalists
for the coveted 2008 Fellowship in Creative Writing. Adrian Castro, Mia Leonin,
Karla Surez and Caridad Svich were chosen from a field of 60 applicants.

The Cintas Foundation's board of directors will announce the winner during an Award
Ceremony on May 20th at 7pm, located at the Marcy Building, 3852 North Miami Ave.,
in the Design District.

The award carries a $15,000 cash prize which is used by the winner to further his or
her creative development. The only one of its kind in the nation, the Cintas
Foundation Fellowship Program has honored more than 300 artists including playwright
Maria Irene Fornes and poet and essayist Lourdes Blanco.

"Congratulations to the four finalists, said Cintas Foundation president Hortensia
E. Sampedro. "We had an exceptionally competitive field of applicants this year, and
appreciate the skill this outstanding panel of judges brought to the task."

The 2008 jury for the Music Composition fellowship award included Oscar Hijuelos,
Pulitzer-Prize winning novelist; Cristina Garca, novelist and Guggenheim Fellow;
and Lillian Manzor, professor of literature at University of Miami.

Established in 1963, the Cintas Foundation awards fellowships annually to creative
artists of Cuban lineage who are currently residing outside of Cuba. The foundation
was established with funds from the estate of Oscar B. Cintas (1887-1957), former
Cuban ambassador to the United States, a prominent industrialist and patron of the
arts. A complete history and listings of the fellows may found in the Cintas
Foundation web site at

The Selection Program is administered by The Frost Art Museum at Florida
International University and the Cintas Foundation. For more information, please
visit or

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Contact Details: Kitty Dumas
Phone: 305-348-3892

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