When Katie Jacobson (Writing Program MFA 2010) passed away last October, her parents, Leslie Jacobson and Jeanine Caltagirone, considered several ways to honor her growing writing prowess. “We agreed that we needed to initiate something to carry on the writing she did and carry on her name,” said Caltagirone. And they decided that the tribute should be at CalArts, where (Katie) Jacobson spent two productive years, honing her craft.
The result of their generosity is the new Katie Jacobson Writer-in-Residence Program in the CalArts School of Critical Studies. Each fall, beginning this year, a world-renowned writer will spend a week at the Institute, working with students, participating in classes and delivering a public lecture. The first Jacobson Writer-in-Residence is the award-winning, short story writer Lydia Davis, a 2003 recipient of the coveted MacArthur Fellowship and the 2013 winner of the Man Booker International Prize. Davis is a professor at the State University of New York at Albany.
For more information: check out the program’s page on the CalArts website.