Elizabeth McCracken
Elizabeth McCracken

Austin writer Elizabeth McCracken has been awarded a $50,000 cash prize from United States Artists (USA), the Chicago-based national arts funding organization announced today.

McCracken is one of 60 awardees across ten creative disciplines who will receive the unrestricted $50,000 cash awards.

McCracken is the author of seven books: Here’s Your Hat What’s Your HurryThe Giant’s House, Niagara Falls All Over AgainAn Exact Replica of a Figment of My ImaginationThunderstruck & Other StoriesBowlaway, and the forthcoming collection of short stories The Souvenir Museum.  She’s received grants and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Liguria Study Center, the American Academy in Berlin, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.

She holds the James A. Michener Chair in Creative Writing in the English Department at the University of Texas.

USA fellowships are awarded to artists at all stages of their careers and from all areas of the country through a rigorous nomination and panel selection process.