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MacArthur ‘genius grants’ awarded to seven New Yorkers

Seven New Yorkers joined the long list of artists, scientists and other Americans who have been recognized by the MacArthur Foundation with “genius grants.”

The nonprofit announced this year’s winners of its annual fellowship program Wednesday night, which recognizes people “for their exceptional creativity and potential for future contributions to their fields.”

“They are breaking new ground in areas of public concern, in the arts, and in the sciences, often in unexpected ways. Their creativity, dedication, and impact inspire us all,” MacArthur Foundation president Julia Stasch said in a statement.

The winners, who are chosen in secret by the organization, will receive a $625,000 grant.

Last year, “Hamilton” creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda was named a fellow.

This year, the foundation bestowed the honor to fellow playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins (pictured above). The 31-year-old won the Pulitzer Prize for drama this year for his play “Gloria.”

Here are the other six winners from New York City:

Subhash Khot

Subhash Khot: Khot, 38, works as the Silver
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Subhash Khot: Khot, 38, works as the Silver professor of computer science, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at NYU and a leading researcher in theoretical computer science. His theory, the Unique Games Conjecture, led to new theorems in geometry.

Claudia Rankine

Claudia Rankine: The 52-year-old poet published five collections
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Claudia Rankine: The 52-year-old poet published five collections of her work which received critical acclaim. The poems are reflections about the state of American society, race and culture in the 21st century.

Lauren Redniss

Lauren Redniss: Redniss is currently the assistant professor
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Lauren Redniss: Redniss is currently the assistant professor of illustration, School of Art, Media, and Technology at the Parsons School of Design. The 42-year-old's novels, "Century Girl" and "Thunder and Lightning," received critical acclaim.

Julia Wolfe

Julia Wolfe: The 57-year-old composer has created works
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Julia Wolfe: The 57-year-old composer has created works that mix various musical genres. Her 2014 piece "Anthracite Fields" presented oral histories and sounds related to the coal mining region of Pennsylvania.

Sarah Stillman

Sarah Stillman: Stillman, 32, has been a staffer
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Sarah Stillman: Stillman, 32, has been a staffer at The New Yorker since 2013 and written several long-form articles on the criminal justice system. Her 2016 piece "The List," chronicled cases of children who were placed on sex offender lists.

Kellie Jones

Kellie Jones: The 51-year-old art historian has worked
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Kellie Jones: The 51-year-old art historian has worked for years to bring a bigger spotlight on black history. In 2014, her Brooklyn Museum exhibit "Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties" displayed over 100 works of artists who fought for equality in that decade.

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