IAS alum Scott Bentley (MFA 2021) has been selected as a 2021-2022 Hugo Fellow by Seattle's Hugo House. The fellowship supports emerging writers in the Seattle area who are working to complete a proposed project.
Bentley will use the fellowship to continue working on his manuscript of visual and translation poetry Bwai \ Remapping, which began as his MFA thesis. The poems rely on the images of animals and mapped territories to create poems where these animals and territories are sacred. This creative writing is influenced by the Yoeme bwikam, The Red Nation, Jessica Mehta, Layli Long Soldier, and our non-human relatives with whom we share the land.
Bentley will also spend some time on the project this summer as a fellow at the Mineral School arts residency near Mt. Rainier. A Los Angeles transplant, Bentley looks forward to continuing his work in the Pacific Northwest.