The Lynch and Sons Fund for the Arts, founded in 2016, endeavors to intervene in the lives of Michigan artists to encourage new work of lasting merit. Poets, writers, musicians and filmmakers, photographers and fine artists are among those to be considered in awarding The Moveen Prizes–travel grants and month-long residencies in townland on the Loophead peninsula of West Clare, Ireland, in the ancestral home of poet and writer, Thomas Lynch. The Lynch and Sons Fund for the Arts is a 501(c)3 organization.

The Moveen Prizes

The Moveen Prizes, awarded in different categories, are gifts of transport, time, and space for the imagination. Travel grants for airlines, car rental, and incidental expenses are added to extended residencies in a small cottage in the townland of Moveen, on the Atlantic coast of County Clare, in Ireland. Funded by Lynch and Sons Fund for the Arts, The Moveen Prize recognizes early promise, ongoing excellence, and lasting merit in the work of Michigan artists in a variety of genres and pursuits. There is no application process. They are awarded annually in January, on the feast of the epiphany.


2017 Moveen Prize in Poetry

Cindy Hunter

Cindy Hunter Morgan of East Lansing has won the MOVEEN PRIZE IN POETRY for her first full-length collection of poems, HARBORLESS, forthcoming from Wayne State University Press.

The book, forty poems based on Great Lakes shipwrecks from the 19th and 20th Century, is part of the Made in Michigan Writers Series through which WSU Press seeks to highlight distinguished and diverse voices of writers from around the state.

A native Michigander, Cindy Hunter Morgan, graduated from Albion College in 1990 and teaches creative writing at Michigan State University. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Lesley University in Cambridge MA. The author of two award winning chapbooks, Apple Season, winner of Midwest Writing Center's 2012 Chapbook Contest, judged by Shane McCrae and The Sultan, The Skater, The Bicycle Maker, winner of The Ledge Press 2011 Poetry Chapbook Award, Ms. Hunter Morgan has read and lectured throughout the state and published widely in literary journals. Her work has been set to music and included in art exhibits.

The Moveen Prize in Poetry is presented by the Lynch & Sons Fund for the Arts, based in Milford. It includes a month long residency on the West Clare Peninsula in Ireland, in the ancestral home of writer, Thomas Lynch in the townland of Moveen, and a travel grant to cover airlines, local travel and living expenses.

“Cindy Hunter Morgan has wrought a Great Lakes classic,” Thomas Lynch writes in an encomium on the book jacket of HARBORLESS, “an epic paid out in local, heroic and poignant doses. Brava!”

Annie Martin, senior acquisitions editor at WSU Press, was delighted to add Harborless to its list of award winning books in poetry, fiction, and non-fiction published by Wayne State University Press. “We strive to bring the best of Detroit and Michigan artists to a regional and national audience. The Moveen Prize, with its Michigan roots and Irish connection assists in that core endeavor. We couldn’t be prouder of Cindy Hunter Morgan.”

2017 Moveen Prize in Humanities

Faith Taylor

Faith Taylor of Ann Arbor and Detroit, has won the MOVEEN PRIZE IN HUMANITIES and will travel to the West of Ireland to study the rapidly changing rural culture there in a community of small family farmers tied to the fields their ancestors have farmed for generations, increasingly impacted by high technologies, globalized economies and widespread tourism and immigration.

The Moveen Prize, established by the Lynch & Sons Fund for the Arts in Milford, Michigan includes a travel grant and month long residency in the townland of Moveen, Co. Clare, in the ancestral home of the writer, Thomas Lynch. Other prizes have been awarded in Music and in Poetry.

Faith Taylor is a graduate of Kalamazoo College where she earned a BA in Human Development and Social Relations & Art History with a concentration in Art and Play as extensions of communication for autistic students. No stranger to new forms of language, Ms. Taylor spent 2012 working and teaching at the Nirman Institute in Varanasi, India.
Traveling with her to Moveen will be her partner, the photographer, Jack Ritchey, who has worked with a variety of artists, and in a variety of mediums -- as editor and assistant to world-renowned photographer, Nan Goldin, production assistant to New York based performance artist, Kembra Pfahler and Studio Manager for the artist, Leif Ritchey of Ann Arbor. He has worked with museums, galleries and exhibit spaces in the U.S and throughout Western Europe.

Together Ms. Taylor and Mr. Ritchey hope to explore and document West Clare and the surrounding area through photographs and field notes, reflecting on Moveen as a natural and social space.

“The Moveen Prize endeavors to inspire artists by intervening in busy creative lives with free time and unique space --a new geography in which to produce work of lasting value. Ms. Taylor and Mr. Ritchey fit just such a profile,” says Paddy Lynch, who serves on the board of the Lynch & Sons Fund for the Arts. “Moveen is a special place for imaginative people.”