New Honors for “Writing the City” Author Sam Bloch

Left: Sam Bloch. Right: West Imperial Highway, South Los Angeles.
Left: Sam Bloch. Right: West Imperial Highway, South Los Angeles. [Monica Nouwens for Places Journal]

Last fall we shared the news that Sam Bloch was expanding his 2019 Places article “Shade” into a new book to be published by Random House. Now we are pleased to report that Bloch has received both a 2021 Silvers Grant and a Fellowship from the Knight Science Journalism Program at MIT, both of which will be used to support his book in progress.

Awarded by the Robert B. Silvers Foundation, in honor of the longtime editor of the New York Review of Books, the Silvers Grant recognizes writers “working in the fields of long-form literary and arts criticism, the intellectual essay, political analysis, and social reportage.” The Knight Science Fellowship aims ” to foster professional growth among the world’s small but essential community of journalists covering science and technology, and encourage them to pursue that mission, first and foremost, in the public interest.”

Bloch was the first recipient of the “Writing the City” award, our collaboration with the Arts and Culture M.A. program at Columbia Journalism School, which offers recent graduates the opportunity to produce an ambitious work of narrative journalism. The collaboration was made possible by a special projects grant from Elise Jaffe + Jeffrey Brown, and continues with the support of the Cravens Foundation.