Somehow I either have forgotten or never knew about this lovely thing — the Sendak Fellowship, a gift from that grand man of American children’s books, Maurice Sendak. From the facebook page I learned:
The Sendak Fellowship is a residency program exclusively for artists who tell stories with illustration. Fellows will participate in weekly conversations and informal talks with Mr. Sendak, as well as a host of visiting artists, editors, publishers, directors, writers, and playwrights. Most of the time, they will be concentrating on their own projects.
There is no application process for the Sendak Fellowship. Fellows are nominated and judged anonymously by a network of artists in the field.
This last reminds me of the Macarthur Fellowships. (Of which only a handful of children’s book creators have been tapped, Peter Sis and David Macaulay are two I can think of offhand.) In its second year, Roger Sutton went for a visit with this year’s Sendak Fellows and reports back.