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NMSU graduate receives Fulbright grant to study in Italy

New Mexico State University graduate Valerie Fioravanti will participate in the 2004-2005 Fulbright U.S. Student Program to study creative writing in Italy.

nti, of New York City, received a master's degree in creative writing from NMSU in December 2003. She will be going to Italy to research a novel centered upon the experiences of two Brooklyn-born, Italian-American women as they question and explore heritage, nationality, tradition and disposition. The novel will investigate how Italian and Italian-American cultures and family life converge and diverge.

Fioravanti's short story, "Garbage Night at the Opera," received a special mention in the 2004 Pushcart Prize anthology. Her fiction has also appeared in "North American Review," "Green Mountains Review," "Cimarron Review" and "The Baltimore Review."

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides future American leaders with opportunities to study, conduct research and teach in other countries. Approximately 1,000 grants are awarded each year to pay for round-trip travel, maintenance for one academic year, health insurance and full or partial tuition.