Aaron Thier has received a Creative Writing Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). In its first grant announcement of its 50th anniversary year, the NEA will award individual creative writing fellowships of $25,000 each to 37 fiction and creative nonfiction writers, including Aaron Thier.

Thier is the author of THE GHOST APPLE (Bloomsbury, 2014). His second novel MR ETERNITY (Bloomsbury, 2016) is narrated by five different twenty-somethings around the New World at five moments in time (1560, 1750, 2013, 2200, 2500), all of whom are concerned with the same problems that besiege young people: loneliness, family trouble, drugs and alcohol, the feeling of not knowing anything and not knowing what to do with their lives. Linking them is the immortal Mr. Eternity—an ancient sailor called Daniel Defoe—who entangles himself in the lives of people he meets while searching across time for his lost love.

Thier was selected from among 1,763 eligible applicants by 23 readers and panelists. Through its creative writing fellowships program, the National Endowment for the Arts gives writers the time and space to create, revise, conduct research, and connect with readers. Since 1990, 81 of the 138 American recipients of the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry and Fiction were previous NEA creative writing fellows.

For more information, please go to arts.gov.