Congratulations to Dinaw Mengestu, 2012 MacArthur “Genius”!
His recognized work, The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears (2008), richly depicts the stories of immigrants escaping the violence of their African homelands and remaking their lives in urban America. Dinaw is also the author of How to Read the Air (2010).
MacArthur “genius grants,” as they’re known, are nationally prestigious and provide $500,000 to the recipients to work on their research or artistic projects.
Dinaw is an adjunct faculty member in our Pan-European MFA in Creative Writing program