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Dr. Michel Fazio and Rev. Stephen Edington Receive 2011 Woody Guthrie Fellowship Award

Posted in News on October 17, 2011

The Woody Guthrie Foundation and the BMI Foundation, Inc. are pleased to announce that the 6th Annual Woody Guthrie Fellowship has been awarded to Dr. Michel Fazio and Rev. Stephen Edington.

Dr. Fazio is an assistant professor of Twentieth-Century and Contemporary American Literature and Working-Class Studies at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. Through her proposed research topic, Remembering Rosie: Gender and Family Dynamics in Woody Guthrie’s Ballads of Sacco and Vanzetti, Dr. Fazio seeks to explore the role of gender and family in Guthrie’s 1947 album “The Ballads of Sacco & Vanzetti.” In 2012, Dr. Fazio presented this work in progress at the Penn State Woody at 100 Conference.

Rev. Stephen Edington is a Unitarian Universalist minister in Nashua New Hampshire. To fully research his proposed topic, Bring Your Own God: The Spirituality of Woody Guthrie, Rev. Edington conducted extensive research at the Woody Guthrie Archives, exploring Guthrie’s writings, lyrics, artwork, and personal papers. In 2012, Rev. Edington delivered a paper based on his research at the Penn State Woody at 100 Conference and at the Mariposa Museum in Peterborough, New Hampshire. His book, Bring Your Own God: The Spirituality of Woody Guthrie, was published by Trafford in 2012.

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