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Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Calendar > Arts and Culture

Make ‘em laugh

By Isabel Braverman - staff writer

By: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO
Writer Bizzy Coy of Yulan was awarded the Fulbright Scholarship and will embark on a one-year Master of Arts program in creative writing at Dublin City University in Ireland this September.
Local writer Bizzy Coy got into humor and satirical writing kind of by accident. When she moved to Yulan from New York City in 2013 she was working on a book that ultimately was rejected by literary agents.
But they all gave her the same feedback—it was funny.
Coy hadn't intentionally written the book to be funny, but she decided to try her hand at humor writing and sent her very first short piece to The New Yorker general submissions email.
It was accepted.
This set off a successful career as a writer having been published many times in The New Yorker as well as major media publications like McSweeneys, Vulture and The Belladonna.

And now she's furthering her career by being accepted into the Fulbright Program to complete a one-year Master of Arts program in creative writing at Dublin City University in Ireland.
She leaves at the end of September and will study humor and satire writing, as well as famous Irish satirists like Jonathan Swift and Oscar Wilde.
“There's such a history there that I would like to explore that is connected to the kind of things I write,” Coy said. “So I felt this yearning of ‘I have to go and learn more.'”
She had also planned to research the comedy and writing culture of Ireland by going to comedy shows and readings and meeting with other writers but the coronavirus pandemic threw a wrench in that.
Coy found out she had won the Fulbright Award in June after an extensive application process and completing a second application to be accepted into Dublin City University.
The Rochester native is a graduate of SUNY Geneseo majoring in theater, afterward moving to New York City.
But after seven years in the city she was itching to get out and wanted to spend more time in nature, which prompted her move to Sullivan County.
In addition to being a published writer, she has received grants and fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, Puffin Foundation, Platte Clove Artist Residency and Delaware Valley Arts Alliance.
“I want to learn more about the history of satire and funny writing,” Coy remarked. “For as long as there's been the written word people have been making fun of things.”





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