MSAC Individual Artist Award (IAA)2019
Artist StatementI love making sense of the nonsensical. With writing, I can take, for example, giants, 1994 Baltimore, first love, first sex, and baseball, and try to tie them all together into something that I hope makes the reader sit up and say, yes, that's how it feels for me, too. With my writing, I hope that I am making sense out of what might otherwise be chaos. I try, only, to make some kind of beauty out of that which appears at first glance to be unrelated.
Seth Sawyers is a writer of fiction and creative nonfiction. His work has appeared in Salon, The
Rumpus, The Millions, Literary Hub, Ninth Letter, Crab Orchard Review, River Teeth, Fourth
Genre, Quarterly West, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, The Baltimore Sun, and elsewhere. A
graduate of UMBC with an MFA from Old Dominion University, he has been awarded
scholarships or fellowships from The Sewanee Writers' Conference, the Virginia Center for the
Creative Arts, and Writers@Work. He was an Emerging Writer in Residence at Penn State
Altoona. A native of Rawlings, Maryland (near Cumberland), he now lives in Baltimore, with his
wife. He is at work on a pair of novels, one about two 10-foot-tall giants who one day find each
other and another about a boy and girl from rival high schools who fall in love.