The Newport Folk Festival is proud to announce the recipient of the first ever John Prine Songwriter Fellowship: Leith Ross. We created this fellowship in partnership with John's family to celebrate John's life and the impact he had on our festival community. Each year, we choose one young songwriter that we feel embodies John's spirit and provide them with their first slot at the festival. Leith's intimate, yet relatable songwriting style and clever lyrics remind us of John all while being completely unique. We have also partnered with Almanack Arts to provide Leith with a week-long songwriting retreat on Nantucket this summer. There, Leith will be given the time, resources, and space to hone their craft. Congratulations, Leith. Enjoy Nantucket and we will see you at the Fort!