Sewanee Writers

Sewanee Writers' Conference Attendees

Much of what we do as writers we do alone, to the tick of our home clocks, guided by writers with whom we mostly keep company on the page. But all of that changes in an instant on the Mountain. At Sewanee, you are in the presence of distinct lyric voices and true storytellers. During readings, I loved glancing down the rows. The alert expressions distilled for me the essence of Sewanee: a readiness to be delighted, surprised, and engaged. Catherine Staples

2017 Fellows and Scholars

2017 Fellows

Austin Allen’s first poetry collection, Pleasures of the Game (Waywiser Press, 2016), won the Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize. His poetry has recently appeared in The Yale Review, 32 Poems, The Missouri Review, and other outlets, and has been featured on Verse Daily. His criticism appears frequently via Poetry Foundation. He is a doctoral student in Creative Writing at the University of Cincinnati.

Mia Alvar’s story collection, In the Country, won the PEN/Bingham Prize, the University of Rochester’s Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize, and the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Award. Mia has been a writer in residence at the Corporation of Yaddo, the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and the Blue Mountain Center for the Arts. She received her MFA from Columbia University and lives in Los Angeles.

Paulette Boudreaux is a Mississippi native who lives in California. Her debut novel, Mulberry, won the first Lee Smith Novel Prize at Carolina Wren Press, a Silver IPPY, and was a finalist for the Crook’s Corner Book Prize. She has published short stories and novel excerpts in national and international literary journals and has a BA from Northeastern University and an MFA from Mills College. She is on the English faculty of West Valley College in Silicon Valley.

Jericho Brown is the recipient of fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, and the National Endowment for the Arts. His poems have appeared in The New York Times and The New Yorker. His first book, Please (New Issues, 2008), won the American Book Award. His second book, The New Testament (Copper Canyon, 2014), won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award. He is an associate professor at Emory University.

Dana Cann is the author of a novel, Ghosts of Bergen County (Tin House). His short stories have been published in The Sun, The Massachusetts Review, The Gettysburg Review, The Florida Review, and elsewhere. He’s received fellowships from the Maryland State Arts Council, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation. He earned his M.A. from Johns Hopkins University. He lives in Bethesda, Maryland, and teaches at The Writer’s Center.

Jeffrey Condran is the author of the story collection, A Fingerprint Repeated. His novel, Prague Summer, won the 2015 Independent Publisher Book Award’s Silver Medal. His fiction has appeared in journals such as The Kenyon Review, The Missouri Review, and Epoch. He is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and co-founder of the independent literary press, Braddock Avenue Books.

Lisa Fay Coutley is the author of Errata (Southern Illinois University Press, 2015), winner of the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry Open Competition, and In the Carnival of Breathing (Black Lawrence Press, 2011), winner of the Black River Chapbook Competition. She is the recipient of an NEA fellowship and is an Assistant Professor of Poetry in the Writer’s Workshop at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

Eric Ekstrand’s first full-length collection, Laodicea, was selected by Donald Revell for the Omnidawn 1st/2nd Book Prize and was a finalist for the National Poetry Series. He is a recipient of fellowships from the Poetry Foundation and the MacDowell Colony. He holds an MFA from the University of Houston and teaches writing at Wake Forest University. His poems can be found in Poetry, jubilat, Black Warrior Review, Indiana Review, Bat City Review, Oversound, and elsewhere.

David Eye is the author of Seed (The Word Works, 2017), chosen by Eduardo C. Corral. He was a finalist for the 2015-16 Tennessee Williams Poetry Contest, selected by Yusef Komunyakaa. David earned an MFA from Syracuse University in 2008. He grew up in rural Virginia and lives (for now) at the edge of a forest in the Catskill Mountains.

Julie Funderburk is author of the poetry collection The Door That Always Opens from LSU Press and a limited-edition chapbook from Unicorn Press. She is the recipient of a North Carolina Arts Council fellowship, and her work appears in 32 Poems, Birmingham Poetry Review, Blackbird, The Cincinnati Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, and Ploughshares. She is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Queens University in Charlotte, NC, where she directs The Arts at Queens.

Sarah Green is the author of Earth Science (421 Atlanta, 2016). Her previous chapbook, Skeleton Evenings (Finishing Line Press, 2015) won the 2014 New Women’s Voices prize. Poems of hers have appeared in Best New Poets 2012, the Incredible Sestina Anthology, Pleiades, FIELD, Passages North, Mid-American Review, Gettysburg Review, Redivider, Ruminate, and elsewhere. A Pushcart Prize winner and Vermont Studio Center Fellow, she earned her B.A. at Oberlin College, her MFA at Purdue University, and her PhD at Ohio University. She is currently compiling a multi-genre anthology called Welcome To The Neighborhood.

Rachel Hall is the author of Heirlooms (BkMk Press), which was selected by Marge Piercy for the G.S. Sharat Chandra Prize. Her short stories and essays have appeared in journals and anthologies including Black Warrior Review, Crab Orchard Review, Gettysburg Review, Guernica, and New Letters, which awarded her the Alexander Cappon Prize for Fiction. She has received honors and awards from Lilith, Glimmer Train, Bread Loaf, Ragdale, the Ox-Bow School of the Arts, and the Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts. Hall is a Professor of English in the creative writing program at the State University of New York at Geneseo where she holds two Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence—one for teaching and one for her creative work. She lives in Rochester, New York with her husband and daughter.

Bryan Hurt is the author of Everyone Wants to Be Ambassador to France, winner of the Starcherone Prize for Innovative Fiction, and editor of Watchlist: 32 Stories by Persons of Interest. His work has been published in The American Reader, Electric Literature, Guernica, TriQuarterly, and others, and has been translated into multiple languages. He holds a PhD in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Southern California and is an assistant professor of English at Capital University in Columbus, OH.

David Jacobi’s plays have been performed throughout the U.S. and in China. He is a winner of the Holland New Voices Award, Kennedy Center Theatre for Young Audiences Award, and a Relentless Award semifinalist. David was the 2015 Shank Fellow at Pig Iron Theatre Company, and is currently under commission from the Denver Center. He received a BFA in Dramatic Writing from Purchase College and an MFA from UC San Diego.

Lee Clay Johnson is the author of Nitro Mountain (Knopf), which won the 2017 Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He holds a BA from Bennington College and an MFA from the University of Virginia. He grew up around Nashville in a family of bluegrass musicians and currently lives in St. Louis and Charlottesville, Virginia.

EJ Levy’s debut collection, Love, In Theory, won a Flannery O’Connor Award, ForeWord Book of the Year Award, GLCA New Writers Award, and was named a Kirkus Indie Book of the Year; a French edition was published in 2015. Her work has appeared in The Paris Review, The Missouri Review, Best American Essays, and won a Pushcart Prize. Her anthology, Tasting Life Twice: Literary Lesbian Fiction by New American Writers, received a Lambda Literary Award.

Courtney Meaker’s plays include Buckshot (upcoming publication with Dramatist Publishing), Chaos Theory – a play seeking order (published with Original Works), Made of These (semi-finalist for Bay Area Playwrights Festival and Seven Devils Theater Conference 2016), The Lost Girls, Candid International, and Tiny Thin Woman Inside. Recently, her play That’swhatshesaid (Stranger Genius Award Nominee) garnered international attention for using female dialogue and stage directions from the most-produced plays in America as its source material.

Amy Rowland is the author of The Transcriptionist, which won the Addison M. Metcalf Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She was a 2016 NEA literature fellow and will be a lecturer at Princeton in the fall.

Michael Shewmaker is the author of Penumbra (Ohio UP, 2017), winner of the Hollis Summers Poetry Prize. His poems appear in Yale Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, Sewanee Review, Poetry Daily, Parnassus, Oxford American, Narrative, and elsewhere. A former Wallace Stegner Fellow, he is a Jones Lecturer in poetry at Stanford University.

Hasanthika Sirisena’s stories have appeared in The Kenyon Review, Witness, Glimmer Train, Epoch, StoryQuarterly, Narrative, and other magazines, and have twice been named a distinguished story by Best American Short Stories. She is a recipient of fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and Yaddo and received a 2008 Rona Jaffe Writers’ Award. Her debut short story collection, The Other One, won the 2015 Juniper Prize for Fiction and was published in 2016.

Anne Valente is the author of the novel, Our Hearts Will Burn Us Down (William Morrow/HarperCollins, 2016), and the short story collection, By Light We Knew Our Names (Dzanc Books, 2014). Her second novel, Utah, is forthcoming from William Morrow in 2019. Her fiction appears in One Story, The Kenyon Review, The Southern Review, and The Chicago Tribune, and her essays appear in The Believer and The Washington Post.

Chelsea Woodard’s first collection, Vellum, was published by Able Muse Press in 2014, and was a finalist for the Able Muse Book Award. Her second collection, Solitary Bee, was published by Measure Press this past October. Her poems have appeared in The Threepenny Review, Southwest Review, Blackbird, American Arts Quarterly, Poetry Daily, and elsewhere. She currently lives and teaches in New Hampshire.

2017 Scholars

Erin Adair-Hodges is the 2016 Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize winner for Let’s All Die Happy, to be published as part of the Pitt Poetry Series in fall 2017. A Bread Loaf-Rona Jaffe Foundation Scholar in Poetry and winner of the 2014 Loraine Williams Prize from The Georgia Review, her work can be seen in Kenyon Review, Boulevard, and more. She teaches writing in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she co-curates the Bad Mouth Reading Series.

Bonnie Arning is a poet from Albuquerque, New Mexico. Her first collection of poetry, Escape Velocity, was selected for the Mountain West Poetry Series in the spring of 2017. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Narrative, Prairie Schooner, The Colorado Review, Cream City, and others. Currently, she lives and teaches in Corvallis, Oregon.

Taneum Bambrick is the author of Reservoir, which was selected by Ocean Vuong for the Yemassee Chapbook Prize. She is a recent graduate of the University of Arizona MFA program where she received the Academy of American Poets Prize. She serves as an Associate Editor for Narrative Magazine. Her work appears or is forthcoming in Hobart, Hayden’s Ferry Review, The Nashville Review, New Delta Review, and elsewhere. She teaches English at Central Washington University.

Anna Laird Barto is a writer of fiction and nonfiction. She received an MFA from Emerson College. Her work has appeared in publications including Juked, Gulfstream, The Boiler Review, NewFound, and A Journal of the Built and Natural Environments. She has lived in Arizona, Wisconsin, and Mexico, and currently resides in rural, western Massachusetts. In addition to writing, she works at a nonprofit serving children and families.

Judy Bauerlein has worked as a performer, playwright, and director in both regional and New York theaters including The Kitchen NYC, La Jolla Playhouse, and Williamstown Theatre Festival. Most recently she appeared in The Whale at Cygnet Theatre, and the world premier of Jay Scheib’s adaption of Anton Chekhov’s Platonov at the La Jolla Playhouse and the Kitchen NYC. She is the Program Director of Theatre at CSU San Marcos.

Caroline Beimford’s stories and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Zoetrope: All Story, Ninth Letter, and The Massachusetts Review. She recently completed an MFA in Fiction at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville and has been the recipient of scholarships to the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and New York State Summer Writer’s Institute. She is from Boston.

Annette C. Boehm's first collection, The Knowledge Weapon (2016), won the Bare Fiction Debut Poetry Collection competition. Annette serves as a poetry reader for Memorious, a Journal for New Verse and Fiction, and has also published a chapbook with Dancing Girl Press: the five parts of love - confabulating sappho (2012). Her poems have appeared in UK and US journals. A graduate of the Center for Writers at the University of Southern Mississippi, she is originally from Germany.

Darcy Parker Bruce’s plays have been produced or developed at Dixon Place, Great Plains Theater Conference, The Bechdel Group, 20% Theatre Chicago, and NYC's Fresh Fruit Festival among others. She holds an MFA in Playwriting from Smith College and is currently part of Exquisite Corpse Company’s writers group in Brooklyn. Her play East of the Sun is being published later this summer through Applause/Hal Leonard’s Best American Short Play series.

Emily Choate’s fiction and nonfiction appear in Shenandoah, The Florida Review, Tupelo Quarterly, Chapter 16, Late Night Library, Yemassee, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College, belongs to New Orleans’s Peauxdunque Writers Alliance, and has earned several residency awards, most recently from Virginia Center for Creative Arts and The Hambidge Center. She lives in Nashville, where she’s working on a novel.

Lee Conell’s short stories appear in the Chicago Tribune, Kenyon Review online, Guernica, American Short Fiction online, The Collagist, Glimmer Train, and elsewhere. Her fiction has won the grand prize in the Chicago Tribune’s Nelson Algren Literary Arts award. She has taught at Vanderbilt University, where she earned her MFA and was a post-grad teaching fellow. Her story collection Subcortical is forthcoming from Johns Hopkins University Press.

Colby Cotton is from a small town in western New York. He is a recent graduate of the MFA writing program at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he held the Fred Chappell fellowship in poetry. His work appears or is forthcoming in The Missouri Review, Ninth Letter, The Journal, Passages North, and Meridian, among others.

Lisa Cupolo’s stories have appeared in Ploughshares, The Idaho Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, Narrative Magazine, among others. She is a Canadian writer who was a publicist at HarperCollins Toronto, and now teaches creative writing at Chapman University in Orange, California.

Molia Dumbleton's fiction and poetry have appeared in a variety of journals including New England Review, The Kenyon Review Online, and The Stinging Fly. She has been awarded the Seán Ó Faoláin Story Prize; the Columbia Journal Winter Fiction Award; the Dromineer Literary Festival Flash Fiction Award; and a Peter Taylor Fellowship at The Kenyon Review. She’s so happy to be here.

Sanderia Faye serves on the faculty at Southern Methodist University and is a professional speaker and activist. Her novel, Mourner’s Bench, is the winner of the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award and The Philosophical Society of Texas Award of Merit. She is co-founder of Kimbilio Center for Fiction. She holds an MFA from Arizona State University, an MA from the University of Texas at Dallas, and is currently a PhD student in English at the University of North Texas.

Lauren Feldman is a freelance playwright, deviser, professor, and a circus performer & dramaturg. She loves theater that is brave, physical, honest, loving, and slightly impossible. Plays include Another Kind of Silence, Amanuensis, The Egg-Layers, A People, and Grace, or the Art of Climbing, and she has been nominated for the Wendy Wasserstein Prize, Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, ATCA/Steinberg New Play Award, New York Innovative Theatre Award, and the Doric Wilson Independent Playwright Award. A graduate of the Yale School of Drama and the New England Center for Circus Arts, she is currently a New Georges Audrey Resident and an Orbiter 3 playwright, based in Philadelphia.

Julia Franks' first novel Over the Plain Houses (Hub City Press 2016) is an NPR Best Book, winner of the SIBA Southern Book Prize, an IPPY Gold Medalist, and among Chicago Review of Books Best Fiction of 2016. She is a Georgia Author of the Year and has published essays in the NY Times and elsewhere. She owns and runs, a web application that helps schools organize and track independent reading.

Vishwas R. Gaitonde’s work has been published or is forthcoming in The Iowa Review, Mid-American Review, Santa Monica Review, Hawaii Review, and Bellevue Literary Review among other publications. One of his stories was cited as a Distinguished Story in Best American Short Stories 2016 (guest editor: Junot Diaz). He has been awarded writing residencies at the Anderson Center, Minnesota, and Hawthornden, Scotland. You can find him on Twitter at: @weareji.

Amanda Galvan Huynh is a native Texan living in New York. She was a finalist for the 2015 Gloria Anzaldúa Poetry Prize, and was selected for the 2016 AWP Intro Journal Project Award. Her writing has appeared in Muzzle Magazine, Tahoma Literary Review, Silk Road Review, The Boiler Journal, Front Porch Journal, Huizache, and others. She holds her MFA from Old Dominion University.

Kate Gaskin's poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Cimarron Review, Drunken Boat, Nashville Review, Guernica, The Florida Review, Puerto del Sol, and Whiskey Island among others. She is the winner of The Pinch’s 2017 Literary Award in Poetry. She lives in Montgomery, Alabama.

Donna Gordon is a fiction writer, poet, and essayist from Cambridge, Massachusetts. She has been a Stegner Fellow, PEN Discovery, Ploughshares Discovery, a finalist for the 2016 New Letters Alexander Cappon Prize in Fiction, and received an honorable mention from Glimmer Train in 2017. Her writing has appeared in Tin House, Ploughshares, The Boston Globe Magazine, Story Quarterly, The Quarterly, Poetry Northwest, Solstice and Post Road. Her work with former political prisoners culminated in “Putting Faces on the Unimaginable: Portraits and Interviews with Former Prisoners of Conscience,” exhibited at Harvard’s Fogg Museum. In addition to writing short stories, she is at work on a novel.

Alina Grabowski is from southern Massachusetts. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2016, and is currently an MFA candidate at Vanderbilt University, where she is the fiction editor of Nashville Review. Her stories and reviews have appeared or are forthcoming in Fifth Wednesday Journal, Day One, The Masters Review, and The Collagist. She is currently at work on a novel and short story collection.

CJ Hauser lives in Hamilton, NY and teaches at Colgate University. Hauser's fiction has appeared in Tin House, Narrative Magazine, TriQuarterly, Esquire, Third Coast, SLICE, Hobart, and The Kenyon Review. Her first novel, The From-Aways, is published by William Morrow. She has received McSweeney's Amanda Davis Highwire Fiction Award, the Jaimy Gordon Prize in Fiction, and Narrative's Short Story Prize. Hauser is at work on a new novel about sex, death, and ducks.

Gabriel Houck is originally from New Orleans, where his family lives and around which many of his stories are set. His work has been selected as a Distinguished Story in 2015 Best American Short Stories, and nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Gabriel’s stories appear in Glimmer Train, The Sewanee Review, Mid-American Review, The Cimarron Review, The Pinch, and elsewhere. He is currently a Lecturer in the English Department at the University of Nebraska.

Dionne Irving holds a PhD in Creative Writing from Georgia State University. Her work has appeared in The Missouri Review, Boulevard Magazine, The Crab Orchard Review, LitHub and other places. She is a professor at St. Mary's College, a women's college in South Bend, Indiana. Currently, Irving is currently looking for a home for her novel, Quint, which follows the lives of a set of famous Canadian quintuplets born in the years before the second World War.

Jordan Jacks is from Texas. His fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in The Iowa Review, Weekday, The Yale Review, and The Organist, the podcast for The Believer. He has received scholarships and/or fellowships from The Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, Bread Loaf, the Key West Literary Seminar, St. Albans School, and Washington University in St. Louis, where he earned his MFA. He is currently working on a novel.

Matt Kelsey is from Glens Falls, NY, and teaches on the South Side of Chicago. He has received scholarships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and teaching fellowships from the University of Washington for their writing programs in Rome and Friday Harbor. His poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Beloit Poetry Journal, Best New Poets, Smartish Pace, Poetry Northwest, Painted Bride Quarterly, and elsewhere.

Robert Lee Kendrick lives in Clemson, SC. His poems have appeared in Tar River Poetry, Xavier Review, Louisiana Literature, South Carolina Review, The Sow’s Ear Poetry Review, and elsewhere. His chapbook, Winter Skin, was released in 2016 by Main Street Rag Publishing.

Emily Kiernan is the author of a novel, Great Divide (Unsolicited Press). Her work has appeared in American Short Fiction, Pank, The Collagist, Redivider, and other journals. She is a prose editor at Noemi Press and a fiction editor at Rivet: The Journal of Writing that Risks. She lives in Pittsburgh with her man and her dog. More information can be found at

Ben Kingsley is best known for his Academy Award winning role as Mahatma Gandhi. This Ben is a touch less famous. He is the 22nd Tickner Writing Fellow, has been awarded a FAWC fellowship in Provincetown, has received scholarships from Kundiman, Tin House, VONA, & belongs to the Onondaga Nation of Indigenous Americans in New York. In 2017 his work will be featured in the Iowa Review, Narrative, Ninth Letter, PANK, PEN America, the Poetry Review, & Prairie Schooner, among others.

Karin Lin-Greenberg’s story collection, Faulty Predictions, won the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction and won gold in Foreword Reviews’ INDIE Awards in the Short Stories category. Her stories have been published in the Antioch Review, Colorado Review, Crazyhorse, Epoch, Kenyon Review Online, and elsewhere. She’s received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Wesleyan Writers Conference, the Kenyon Review Writers Workshop, and the Saltonstall Foundation. She is an associate professor of English at Siena College.

Andrew Mangan was born and raised in rural Missouri. His fiction has appeared in ZYZZYVA and Washington Square Review. He received his MFA from Colorado State University and will attend a residency at the Vermont Studio Center this winter.

Dawn Manning is the author of Postcards from the Dead Letter Office. Her poetry has received the Beullah Rose Poetry Prize, with subsequent Pushcart nomination, the San Miguel Poetry Prize, the Edith Garlow Poetry Prize, and other honors. Her poems have been published through American Poetry Journal, Crab Orchard Review, Smartish Pace, and other literary journals. When not forging words into poems, you can find her at her favorite anvil wielding a hammer and torch.

Gale Massey's stories have appeared in the Tampa Bay Times, the St. Petersburg Times, Sabal, Seven Hills Review, Connotation Press, and Walking the Edge, A Southern Gothic Review. She was the Standiford Fellow in Fiction at Eckerd College: Writers in Paradise in 2017. A native Floridian, she lives in St. Petersburg, FL with her wife and family. This is her second summer at the Sewanee Writers' Conference.

Kate McQuade, a Minnesota native, is the author of the novel Two Harbors (Harcourt, 2005, published under the name Kate Benson). Her more recent work has appeared in Black Warrior Review, Baltimore Review, and Harvard Review. She has been awarded fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Ucross Foundation, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and Yaddo, and currently holds the Harkness Instructorship at Phillips Academy in Andover, MA.

Jenny Molberg’s debut collection of poetry, Marvels of the Invisible, won the 2014 Berkshire Prize (Tupelo Press, 2017). Her work has recently appeared or is forthcoming in Ploughshares, The Missouri Review, Copper Nickel, Redivider, Poetry International, Best New Poets, and other publications. She teaches at the University of Central Missouri and is Co-editor of Pleiades.

Jennifer Murvin’s stories and essays have appeared in Catamaran Literary Reader, CutBank, Indiana Review, Post Road, American Short Fiction, The Sun, Mid-American Review, The Cincinnati Review, BellinghamReview, Phoebe, Baltimore Review, and other journals. She was the winner of the 2015 American Short(er) Fiction Contest, judged by Stuart Dybek. Jen is a faculty member at Missouri State University and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Pacific University. Find more at

Hannah Oberman-Breindel’s work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in Forklift, Ohio, The Literary Review, Muzzle, Best of the Net, and elsewhere. She has twice received fellowships for residencies at the Vermont Studio Center. A native New Yorker, Hannah spent years away from the city, in Seattle, WA and in Madison, WI, where she completed her MFA. Now back in New York, Hannah teaches high school English in the Bronx.

Erin Kate Ryan's fiction has appeared in publications such as Glimmer Train, The Normal School, Conjunctions, and Hayden's Ferry Review. She's a 2017 McKnight Fellow, a 2017 Minnesota Emerging Writer/Jerome Foundation, and a 2016 state art board grantee. EK's toothbrush was once on display at the Minneapolis Institute for Contemporary Art. She's committed to art as a tool for revolution.

Blake Sanz’s stories have appeared in Ecotone, Puerto del Sol, Fifth Wednesday Journal, Chariton Review, Cosmonauts Avenue, Acentos Review, Xavier Review, and other literary magazines. An MFA graduate of Notre Dame, he now teaches writing at the University of Denver. He received a work-study scholarship to attend Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference in 2014 and has since been awarded fellowships to attend the Sozopol Fiction Seminars in Bulgaria and the Seaside Writers’ Conference in Florida.

Eric Schlich is a PhD candidate in fiction at Florida State University. He is the Nonfiction and Production Editor for The Southeast Review. His stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Crazyhorse, Mississippi Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Electric Literature, Redivider, River Styx, Nimrod, New South, and others.

Emily Schulten is the author of Rest in Black Haw. Her poetry appears or is forthcoming in The Missouri Review, Prairie Schooner, Colorado Review, Barrow Street, and New Ohio Review, among others. She is a professor of English and creative writing at Florida Keys Community College.

Kate Osana Simonian is an Armenian-Australian writer of fiction and essays. She attends the English PhD program at Texas Tech as a Presidential Fellow. She received the 2017 Nelson Algren Award, and her work has been published by, or is forthcoming in, Ninth Letter, The Kenyon Review Online, The Chicago Tribune, and The Best Australian Stories. Ask her about her story collection and novel.

Marianna Staroselsky makes art about the strangeness of being a person. She wrote and produced her first full-length play, Cry Baby Meets Audrey Hepburn, to sold out audiences in Chicago in 2016. She is currently working with Target Margin Theater in NYC. She is a Doctoral Candidate in Comparative Human Development at the University of Chicago and an MFA Candidate in Playwriting as well as Teaching Fellow in the Undergraduate Writing Program at Columbia University.

Nafissa Thompson-Spires earned a PhD in English from Vanderbilt University and an MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). Her fiction has appeared in The Los Angeles Review of Books Quarterly Journal, StoryQuarterly, Lunch Ticket, East Bay Review, The Feminist Wire, and elsewhere. Her short story collection Heads of the Colored People is forthcoming in 2018 with Atria/37 Ink in the US and Chatto and Windus in the UK.

Emily Tuszynska lives in the Virginia suburbs of Washington DC with her husband and three young children. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in PRISM International, Rhino, Salamander, Southern Poetry Review, The Southern Review, Water-Stone Review, and many other journals.

Kara van de Graaf’s first collection of poems, Spitting Image, won the Crab Orchard First Book Prize in Poetry and is forthcoming from SIU Press in 2018. Her poems appear in AGNI, New England Review, The Southern Review, Crazyhorse, Best New Poets, and elsewhere. She is founder and editor of Lightbox Poetry and assistant professor of English at Utah Valley University. She lives in Salt Lake City.

Regina Walton’s first collection, The Yearning Life, won the Phyllis Tickle Award in Poetry and was published by Paraclete Press in 2016. She received her doctorate in religion and literature from Boston University, and has published articles on George Herbert and early modern poetry and religion. An Episcopal priest, Regina serves as pastor and rector of Grace Episcopal Church in Newton, MA, and as a denominational counselor and adjunct lecturer at Harvard Divinity School.

Catherine Weingarten is a NYC based playwright and overall friendly chick! Her plays include: A Roller Rink Temptation (NOLA Fringe), This Car Trip Suckss (Piper Theater Productions Emerging Artist Reading Series), This is How You Got Me Naked (Ohio University workshop) and Karate Hottie. She has been involved with Abingdon Playwrights Group as well as New Perspective’s Women’s Work Short Play Lab. She holds a BA from Bennington College and an MFA from Ohio University.

David Welch is the author of It Is Such a Good Thing to Be In Love with You (GreenTower Press/The Midwest Chapbook Series, 2015) and has recently published poems in Boston Review, Third Coast, and Volt. He lives in Chicago and teaches at DePaul University where he is Assistant Director and Publications Manager in the Department of English and Center for Latino Research.

Jim Whiteside holds an MFA from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro and is a Virginia Center for the Creative Arts fellow. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in journals such as The Southern Review, Indiana Review, Kenyon Review Online, Poetry Northwest, and Salt Hill, as winner of the Philip Booth Poetry Prize. Originally from Cookeville, Tennessee, he now lives in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Ruth Williams’ first full-length collection of poems, Flatlands, is forthcoming in 2018 from Black Lawrence Press. She is also the author of a chapbook, Conveyance (Dancing Girl Press, 2012). Her poetry and creative nonfiction have appeared in Michigan Quarterly Review, jubilat, Pleiades, DIAGRAM, and Third Coast among others. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor of English at William Jewell College and an editor for Bear Review.

Alex Wilson holds an MFA from The New School. His fiction is forthcoming or appears in StoryQuarterly, the Southwest Review, and New Stories from the Southwest from the University of New Mexico Press, among others. Additional selections of his work have finished runner-up for the Glimmer Train Short Story Award for New Writers, and placed in the finals or semifinals for the Glimmer Train Fiction Open, the American Short Fiction Contest, and The Missouri Review’s Editors’ Prize. He is the deputy editor of The Surfer’s Journal and lives in California.

Hilary Zaid is an alumna of the Tin House Writers’ Workshop and the Squaw Valley Community of Writers, and has had short fiction published in journals including Lilith, The Utne Reader, The Southwest Review, Day One, and The Santa Monica Review. Her story “For Non-Speakers of the Mother Tongue" (Tahoma Literary Review) has been nominated for a Pushcart and her debut novel Paper Is White will be published in March 2018 (Bywater Books).


2016 Fellows and Scholars

2016 Fellows

Marie-Helene Bertino (Walter E. Dakin Fellow)

Bill Beverly (Walter E. Dakin Fellow)

Edith Freni (Tennessee Williams Playwright-in-Residence)

Charles Hughes (Walter E. Dakin Fellow)

Krista Knight (Walter E. Dakin Fellow)

Dave Madden (Walter E. Dakin Fellow)

James Davis May (Walter E. Dakin Fellow)

Andrew McFadyen-Ketchum Walter E. Dakin Fellow)

Tyler Mills (Walter E. Dakin Fellow)

Maggie Mitchell (John N. Wall Fellow)

Nathan Oates (Walter E. Dakin Fellow)

Patricia Park (Walter E. Dakin Fellow)

Elizabeth Poliner (Walter E. Dakin Fellow)

Nancy Reddy (Walter E. Dakin Fellow)

Corinna McClanahan Schroeder (Walter E. Dakin Fellow)

Will Schutt (Walter E. Dakin Fellow)

Lauren Goodwin Slaughter (Walter E. Dakin Fellow)

Justin Taylor (Walter E. Dakin Fellow)

Vu Tran (Walter E. Dakin Fellow)

Douglas Watson (Walter E. Dakin Fellow)

Jacob White (Father William Ralston Fellow)

2016 Scholars

Brittany K. Allen (Borchardt Scholar)

Nancy J. Allen (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Kathleen Balma (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Brett Beach (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Anna Lena Phillips Bell (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Britton Buttrill (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Joshua Butts (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Chris Cander (Peter Taylor Scholar)

Stephanie Carpenter (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Matt Cashion (Barry Hannah Scholar)

Tiana Clark (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Martin Cloutier (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Cátia Cunha (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Sarah Einspanier (Horton Foote Scholar)

Susan Finch (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Jonathan Fink (Mark Strand Scholar)

Kitty Forbes (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Hazel Foster (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Luke Geddes (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Charity Gingerich (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Mikko Harvey (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Joseph Holt (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Abriana Jetté (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

L. A. Johnson (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Janine Joseph (Howard Nemerov Scholar)

Jennifer Wisner Kelly (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Meghan Kenny (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Edgar Kunz (Donald Justice Scholar)

Carrie La Seur (Susannah McCorkle Scholar)

D.S. Magid (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Angela Mitchell (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Oindrila Mukherjee (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Maria Nazos (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Susannah Nevison (John Hollander Scholar)

Ricardo Nuila (Stanley Elkin Scholar)

Ryan Oliveira (Romulus Linney Scholar)

Koye Oyedeji (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Pete Pazmino (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Charlotte Pence (Anthony Hecht Scholar)

Deborah Phelps (Tennessee Williams Scholar)           

Edward Porter (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Saara Myrene Raappana (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Jacques J. Rancourt (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Kristin Robertson (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Austin Smith (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Nathan Spoon (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Dario Sulzman (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Joselyn Takacs (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Carol Test (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Artress Bethany White (Mona Van Duyn Scholar)

Nick White (Tennessee Williams Scholar)



2015 Fellows and Scholars

2015 Fellows

Dan Albergotti (Walter E. Dakin Fellow)

Malachi Black (Walter E. Dakin Fellow)

Rachel Cantor (Walter E. Dakin Fellow)

Sheila Carter-Jones (Walter E. Dakin Fellow)

George David Clark (Walter E. Dakin Fellow)

Brandon Courtney (Walter E. Dakin Fellow)

Rebecca Foust (Walter E. Dakin Fellow)

Jacqueline Goldfinger (Walter E. Dakin Fellow)

Jesse Goolsby (Walter E. Dakin Fellowship)

Christian Kiefer (Father William Ralston Fellow)

Gary Leising (William E. Dakin Fellow)

Kelly Luce (John N. Wall Fellow)

Monica McFawn (Walter E. Dakin Fellow)

Matt W. Miller (Walter E. Dakin Fellow)

Sarah Rose Nordgren (Walter E. Dakin Fellow)

Rajesh Parameswaran (Walter E. Dakin Fellow)

Antonio Ruiz-Camacho (Walter E. Dakin Fellow)

Natalie Serber (Walter E. Dakin Fellow)

Jason Skipper (Walter E. Dakin Fellowship)

Matt Sumell (Walter E. Dakin Fellow)

Catherine Trieschmann (Walter E. Dakin Fellow)

2015 Scholars

Austin Allen (Howard Nemerov Scholar)

Matthew Baker (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Cara Bayles (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Ash Bowen (Mona Van Duyn Scholar)

William Brewer (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Rita Bullwinkel (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Alan Stewart Carl (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Anders Carlson-Wee (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Kai Carlson-Wee (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Garrard Conley (Barry Hannah Scholarship)

Will Cordeiro (John Hollander Scholar)

Meg Day (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Nicole Dennis-Benn (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Lindsey Drager (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Jaclyn Dwyer (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Cody Ernst (Mark Strand Scholar)

Nausheen Eusuf (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Kristina Gorcheva-Newberry (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

J.P. Grasser (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Simon Han (Susannah McCorkle Scholar)

Christine Hemp (Anthony Hecht Scholar)

Andrea Jurjević (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Claire Kiechel (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Jessica Langan-Peck (Georges and Anne Borchardt Scholar)


Matthew Lansburgh (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

O. A. Lindsey (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Caleb Ludwick (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Cate Lycurgus (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

L.S. McKee (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Kelly McQuain (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Brad Aaron Modlin (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Kate Mulley (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Tara Mae Mulroy (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Raul Palma (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Emily Pease (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Brenda Peynado (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Nathan Poole (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Julie Shavers (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Sujata Shekar (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Jennifer Sperry Steinorth (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Caitlin Saylor Stephens (Romulus Linney Scholar)

Christina Stoddard (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Liv Stratman (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Shubha Sunder (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Cam Terwilliger (Stanley Elkin Scholar)

Casey Thayer (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

John Thornton Williams (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Bess Winter (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Deborah Yarchun (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Liz Ziemska (Tennessee Williams Scholar)


2014 Fellows and Scholars

2014 Fellows

James Arthur (Walter E. Dakin Fellow)

Carlene Bauer (John N. Wall Fellow)

Mark Jay Brewin, Jr. (Walter E. Dakin Fellow)

Karen Engelmann (Walter E. Dakin Fellow)

Pamela Erens (Walter E. Dakin Fellow)

Kerry James Evans (Walter E. Dakin Fellow)

Alan Grostephan (Walter E. Dakin Fellow)

Chloe Honum (Walter E. Dakin Fellow)

Alta Ifland (Walter E. Dakin Fellow)

Luis Jaramillo (Walter E. Dakin Fellow)

TJ Jarrett  (Walter E. Dakin Fellow)

Cheri Magid (Walter E. Dakin Fellow)

Rose McLarney (Walter E. Dakin Fellow)

David James Poissant (Walter E. Dakin Fellow)

Mark Powell (Walter E. Dakin Fellow)

Anna Ross (Walter E. Dakin Fellow)

James Scott (Father William Ralston Fellow)

Diana Stahl (Walter E. Dakin Fellow)

Stefanie Wortman's (Walter E. Dakin Fellow)

2014 Scholars

Kilby Allen (Susannah McCorkle Scholar)

Kirsten Andersen (Anthony Hecht Scholar)

Corey Campbell (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Julialicia Case (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Diane Cook (Peter Taylor Scholar)

Rebecca Evanhoe (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

David Eye (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Raymond Fleischmann (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Amanda Goldblatt (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Graham Hillard (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Anna Claire Hodge (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Julie Iromuanya (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Cindy King (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Reese Okyong Kwon (Stanley Elkin Scholar)

Christopher Linforth (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Michelle Menting (Donald Justice Scholar)

Benjamin Myers (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Liz Maestri (Horton Foote Scholar)

Helene Montagna (Romulus Linney Scholar)

Matt Morton (John Hollander Scholar)


Emily Nemens (Barry Hannah Scholar)

Clarinda Ross (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Courtney Sender (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Lydia Ship (Mona Van Duyn Scholarship)

Gabriella R. Tallmadge (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Seth Brady Tucker (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Anne Valente (Georges and Anne Borchardt Scholar)

Laura Van Prooyen (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Paula Whyman (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

William Kelley Woolfitt (Howard Nemerov Scholar)