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May, 2009

Ilan Mochari has received a Literature Artist Fellowship grant from the Somerville Arts Council. Writers Sam Cha and Catherine Nichols are the other recipients in the literature category.

For his community benefit project, Ilan is conducting three writing workshops with 3rd - 6th grade students at The Healey School. All participating students will receive a bound booklet of the stories, poems, and illustrations created during the workshops. 

This program is supported in part by the Somerville Arts Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. 

About Ilan Mochari

Ilan Mochari’s fiction has been published in Keyhole and honored by Glimmer Train. He has also written for Inc, Fortune Small Business, and CFO. He has a B.A. in English from Yale University, where he studied with Harold Bloom and Kate Walbert. 

About the Somerville Arts Council

The Somerville Arts Council is the local cultural council (LCC) for the City of Somerville.

About the Massachusetts Cultural Council
The Massachusetts Cultural Council promotes excellence, access, education and diversity in the arts, humanities and interpretive sciences, in order to improve the quality of life for all Massachusetts residents and contribute to the economic vitality of our communities.

The MCC is committed to building a central place for arts and culture in the everyday lives of communities across the Commonwealth. The Council pursues this mission through a combination of grants, services, and advocacy for cultural organizations, schools, communities, and artists.

Previous recipients of Literature Artist Fellowship grants


Nathalie Arnold

Alison Pereto

Cam Terwilliger

Amy Marcott

Heather Madden

Mary Clark

Ted Weesner

Herbert Stern

Mitch Evich

Ethan Gilsdorf

Jami Brandli 


Mary Alexandra Agner

Paul Griffiths

Hannah Jane Bottomy

Jeffrey Gibbs


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