Bexley resident Maggie Smith has been awarded a $25,000 Creative Writing Fellowship by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Bexley resident Maggie Smith has been awarded a $25,000 Creative Writing Fellowship by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Smith was one of 42 poets chosen from more than 1,000 applicants from across the country and the only Ohio poet to be awarded a fellowship.

Selected through an anonymous review process, the fellowships encourage the production of new works of literature by allowing writers the time and means to write, according to NEA chairman Rocco Landesman.

The NEA announced that 42 creative writing fellowships were awarded for a total of $1,050,000.

The fellowships alternate annually between poetry and prose. This year, the NEA received 1,063 eligible applications.

Smith plans to use the NEA grant to set aside time for writing and travel.