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

2018 Fellows and Scholars

2018 Fellows

Clare Beams’ story collection We Show What We Have Learned (Lookout Books, 2016) was a Kirkus Best Debut, longlisted for the Story Prize, and a finalist for the PEN/Bingham Prize, the Young Lions Fiction Award, and the Shirley Jackson Award. A 2014 NEA fellow, she has taught creative writing at Carnegie Mellon and St. Vincent College. She lives in Pittsburgh with her husband and two daughters. Her novel The Illness Lesson is forthcoming from Doubleday. (Father William Ralston Fellow)

Venita Blackburn’s works have appeared or are forthcoming in the Los Angeles Review of Books Print Quarterly Journal, American Short Fiction, the Georgia Review, and others. She received the Prairie Schooner book prize for fiction, was named a finalist for the PEN/Bingham award for debut fiction and finalist for the NYPL Young Lions award. She will join the MFA faculty of California State University, Fresno in the fall of 2018. (John N. Wall Fellow)

Will Boast was born in England and grew up in Ireland and Wisconsin. He’s the author of a story collection, Power Ballads; a memoir, Epilogue, and a novel, Daphne. His fiction, essays, and reporting have appeared in The New Republic, Virginia Quarterly Review, The American Scholar, and The New York Times Magazine, among other publications. He’s been a Stegner Fellow and a Rome Prize Fellow and teaches at the University of Chicago. (Walter E. Dakin Fellow) 

Rita Bullwinkel is the author of the story collection Belly Up. Her writing has been published in Tin House, Conjunctions, BOMB, Vice, NOON, and Guernica. She is a recipient of grants and fellowships from The MacDowell Colony, Brown University, Vanderbilt University, Hawthornden Castle, and The Helene Wurlitzer Foundation. Both her fiction and her translation have been nominated for Pushcart Prizes. She is an Editor at Large for McSweeney's. She lives in San Francisco. (Walter E. Dakin Fellow)

Kai Carlson-Wee is the author of Rail (BOA Editions, 2018). His work has appeared in Ploughshares, Best New Poets, AGNI, The Southern Review, New England Review, and The Missouri Review, which awarded him the 2013 Editor’s Prize. His photography has been featured in Narrative Magazine, and his poetry film, Riding the Highline, has screened at film festivals across the country. A former Wallace Stegner Fellow, he lives in San Francisco and is a lecturer at Stanford University. (Walter E. Dakin Fellow)

Lee Conell is the author of the debut collection Subcortical, which was awarded The 2018 Story Prize Spotlight Award and an Independent Publisher Book Award. She has received an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Tennessee Arts Commission and the Chicago Tribune’s Nelson Algren Literary Arts Award. Her short fiction appears or is forthcoming in the Oxford American, Glimmer Train, Kenyon Review, Guernica, American Short Fiction, and has been shortlisted in the Best American Short Stories series. (Walter E. Dakin Fellow)

Marian Crotty is the author of the short story collection What Counts as Love, which won the John Simmons Award for Short Fiction and was long-listed for the PEN/Bingham Award for Debut Fiction. Her fiction has appeared in journals such as the Kenyon Review, the Southern Review, and the Alaska Quarterly Review; her personal essays have appeared in journals such as Blackbird, the Gettysburg Review, and the New England Review. She lives in Baltimore. (Walter E. Dakin Fellow)

Adam Giannelli is the author of Tremulous Hinge (University of Iowa Press, 2017), winner of the Iowa Poetry Prize, and the translator of a selection of prose poems by Marosa di Giorgio, Diadem (BOA Editions, 2012). His poems have appeared in the Kenyon Review, New England Review, Ploughshares, Yale Review, FIELD, and elsewhere. He is a doctoral candidate in literature and creative writing at the University of Utah. (Walter E. Dakin Fellow)

Annie Hartnett’s debut novel Rabbit Cake was published in 2017 and was named one of the best books of the year by Kirkus Reviews, Chicago Review of Books, and Book Riot. She was the 2013–14 Writer in Residence for the Associates of the Boston Public Library and is a graduate of the University of Alabama’s MFA program. She lives, writes, and teaches in Providence RI. (Walter E. Dakin Fellow)

Ladee Hubbard is the author of the novel The Talented Ribkins, which received the 2018 Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence. She is a recipient of a 2016 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers Award and has received additional fellowships and grants from Omi International Art Center, The Sustainable Arts Foundation, Sacatar and Hedgebrook among others. Her short fiction has appeared in Guernica, Callaloo, and Copper Nickel among other publications and has received a Faulkner-Wisdom Creative Writing Award. (Walter E. Dakin Fellow)

Caleb Johnson grew up in Arley, Alabama and graduated from The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. He has worked as a newspaper reporter, a janitor, and a butcher, among other jobs. After earning an MFA at the University of Wyoming, Johnson was awarded a Jentel Writing Residency. His writing appears in the Paris Review Daily, Gravy, and The Bitter Southerner. Johnson's debut novel, Treeborne, was published by Picador in June. (Walter E. Dakin Fellow)

Diana Khoi Nguyen’s debut collection, Ghost Of (Omnidawn, 2018), was selected by Terrance Hayes for the Omnidawn Open Contest. She is a poet and multimedia artist whose work has appeared in Poetry, American Poetry Review, and PEN America, among others. A winner of the 92Y "Discovery"/Boston Review Poetry Contest, she currently lives in Denver where she is pursuing a PhD in creative writing at the University of Denver. (Walter E. Dakin Fellow)

Charlotte Pence’s first book of poems, Many Small Fires (Black Lawrence Press, 2015), received an INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award from Foreword Reviews. The book explores her father’s chronic homelessness while simultaneously detailing the physiological changes that enabled humans to form cities, communities, and households. She is also the author of two award-winning poetry chapbooks and editor of The Poetics of American Song Lyrics. In 2017, she became director of the Stokes Center for Creative Writing at University of South Alabama. (Walter E. Dakin Fellow)

Shanthi Sekaran is a writer and educator from Berkeley, California. Her recent novel, Lucky Boy, was named a Best Book of 2017 by NPR, Library Journal, and the San Francisco Chronicle. Her stories and essays have appeared in The New York Times, Canteen Magazine, The Rumpus and LitHub. She's currently a Distinguished Visiting Writer at St. Mary's College and also teaches at California College of the Arts and the San Francisco Writers' Grotto. (Walter E. Dakin Fellow)

Cherene Sherrard is the author of the poetry collection Vixen (Autumn House Press) and a chapbook, Mistress, Reclining (Finishing Line Press).  A Cave Canem fellow, her fiction and poetry have appeared in New York Times Magazine, Obsidian III, Verse Daily, Tidal Basin Review, Los Angeles Review, Gulf Coast, Crab Orchard, and Prairie Schooner. She has been the recipient of numerous awards including a Wisconsin Arts Board Grant and Ragdale Fellowship. She is a professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. (Walter E. Dakin Fellow)

Chelsea Sutton is a fiction writer, playwright, screenwriter, and a 2016 PEN Center USA Emerging Voices Fellow. Her plays have been finalists for the O'Neill Playwrights, PlayPenn, and Seven Devils Conferences, the Ingram New Works Lab, and the Stanley Drama, Woodward/Newman Drama, and Reva Shiner Comedy awards, and she was a 2016/2017 Humanitas PlayLA Award Winner. She was nominated for a Stage Raw Award for her play Wood Boy Dog Fish, written for Rogue Artists Ensemble. (Walter E. Dakin Fellow)

Melisa Tien is a New York-based playwright, lyricist, and librettist originally from California. She is a member of New Dramatists, a NYFA fellow in Playwriting/Screenwriting, a MacDowell Colony fellow, and a former Women's Project Lab playwright. Melisa has also been a finalist for the Princess Grace Award, the Leah Ryan Prize, and the Jerome New York fellowship, and a nominee for the Weissberger Award and the Smith Prize. You can find more of her at (Walter E. Dakin Fellow)

Ryan Vine is the author of To Keep Him Hidden (Salmon Poetry, 2018), finalist—selected by Robert Pinsky—for the Dorset Prize, and Distant Engines (Backwaters Press, 2006), winner of a Weldon Kees Award. He's received the Greensboro Review’s Robert Watson Poetry Prize and an Artist Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts board. His work has appeared in The American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, Poetry Ireland Review, and on National Public Radio. He's associate professor and chair of the English Department at the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, MN. (Walter E. Dakin Fellow)

Kathleen Winter is the author of I will not kick my friends, winner of the 2017 Elixir Poetry Prize, and Nostalgia for the Criminal Past, which won the 2013 Texas Institute of Letters Bob Bush Memorial Award. Her poems have appeared in Tin House, New Statesman, Agni, New Republic, Cincinnati Review, 32 Poems, and Yale Review.  She has received fellowships from the James Merrill House and Dora Maar House. Winter lives in Sonoma, California. (Walter E. Dakin Fellow)


2018 Scholars

Amir Adam is a resident psychiatrist at Northwestern University. His stories have appeared in American Chordata, The Chicago Tribune, and Joyland. His writing was featured in Best Small Fictions. He received a work-study scholarship from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. ​(Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Kathy Anderson’s short story collection, Bull and Other Stories (Autumn House Press, 2016) won the Autumn House Press Fiction Prize, was a finalist for Publishing Triangle’s Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction, the Lambda Literary Award, and Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Award, and was longlisted for The Story Prize. Her stories have appeared or are forthcoming in The Normal School, New World Writing, and Kenyon Review Online, among others. She lives in Philadelphia, PA. (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Rebecca Aronson’s books are Ghost Child of the Atalanta Bloom, winner of the 2016 Orison Books Prize, and Creature, Creature, winner of the Main-Traveled Roads Press poetry prize. She was a recipient of a Prairie Schooner Strousse Award and the Loft’s Speakeasy poetry Prize. She has poems recently in South Florida Poetry Journal, Tishman Review, the Paris American, and others.  She is co-founder and co-host of Bad Mouth, a series of words and music. (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Rebekah Bergman’s fiction has been published or is forthcoming in Hobart, Joyland, Nashville Review, Cosmonauts Avenue, Necessary Fiction, and Conium Review, among other journals. She was a 2018 Kathy Fish Fellowship finalist. Rebekah holds a BA in Literary Arts from Brown University and an MFA in Fiction from The New School. She lives in Brooklyn and is at work on a novel. (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Chaya Bhuvaneswar is a practicing physician and writer whose work has appeared or is forthcoming in Narrative Magazine, Tin House, Electric Lit, The Rumpus, The Millions, Joyland, Large Hearted Boy, Chattahoochee Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, The Awl, and elsewhere, with poetry in Cutthroat, sidereal, Natural Bridge, Hobart, and elsewhere. She is a MacDowell Colony fellow. Her debut story collection White Dancing Elephants will be released on Oct. 9, 2018 as part of the Dzanc Books Prize series. (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Ryan Black is the author of Death of a Nativist, winner of the 2016 Poetry Society of America Chapbook Fellowship, selected by Linda Gregerson. He has published previously in AGNI, The Journal, Ninth Letter, Ploughshares, The Southern Review, and elsewhere, and has received fellowships from the Adirondack Center for Writing, The Millay Colony for the Arts, and the Queens Council on the Arts. He is the Director of Undergraduate Creative Writing at Queens College/CUNY. (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Rachel Bonds’ plays include: Curve of Departure (South Coast Rep, Studio Theatre, Northlight); Sundown, Yellow Moon (Ars Nova/WP); Five Mile Lake (South Coast Rep, McCarter, Weissberger Award); At the Old Place (La Jolla); Swimmers (Marin Theatre Co., Sky Cooper Prize); The Wolfe Twins (Studio Theatre); Alma (Atlantic Theatre Company commission); Winter Games (ATL, Heideman Award); and Anniversary (EST, Sam French Festival Winner). Current commissions include The Geffen and McCarter. BA, Brown University. (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Stephanie K Brownell is a multidisciplinary artist holding an MFA in Playwriting from Boston University. She publishes in fiction, poetry, and drama. She is a winner of the National Partners of the American Theatre Playwriting Excellence Award, a Gary Garrison Award national finalist, and an alumna of Company One PlayLab, the O'Neill Playwright Observers, and Taleamor Park. Stephanie teaches writing at Bentley University and GrubStreet and is Managing Director of Artists’ Theatre of Boston. (Tennessee Williams Scholar)  

Brooke Bullman is a writer from Alabama. Her short fiction has been published in The Southern Review, the Chicago Tribune as a 2017 Algren Award finalist, and elsewhere, and twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize. She has received fellowships from Yaddo, the Alabama State Council on the Arts, and others. Brooke holds an MFA from Spalding University and is at work on a novel. (Barry Hannah Scholar)

Edward Derby teaches high school English and creative writing for adults in Portland, Oregon. He's Captain of the Station L Men's Rowing Team.  He holds an MA in Creative Writing from The University of Florida. He's published book reviews on, and recent poems in Carolina Quarterly, BPR, American Chordata, and Rattle. Wishbone, a short film he wrote and directed ( won awards for Best Comedic Short and Best Actress in a Short Film from the Oregon Independent Film Festival in 2017. (Tennessee Williams Scholar)  

Laura Donnelly’s first book, Watershed, won the 2013 Cider Press Review Editors’ Prize, and her poems have been published by Indiana Review, Columbia Poetry Review, Passages North, Flyway,, and elsewhere. Donnelly received her MFA from Purdue University and her PhD in English/Creative Writing from Western Michigan University. She also has been the recipient of residencies at VCCA, Yaddo, Ragdale, and I-Park. She is an Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing at SUNY Oswego. (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Kristin Fogdall is a Seattle native and is sometimes surprised to find herself living on the east coast. She earned her A.B. in theatre and writing from Mount Holyoke College and her M.A. in creative writing from Boston University. Her work appears in Poetry, Slate, The Threepenny Review, NER, and other venues. She lives with her family in northern Vermont. Find her on Facebook and Instagram (where she documents a minor obsession with circles). (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

J. Bruce Fuller is a Louisiana native, and is a Wallace Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford University. He is the author of five chapbooks including The Dissenter's Ground and Flood. His poems have appeared at The Southern Review, McNeese Review, Crab Orchard Review, Birmingham Poetry Review, and Louisiana Literature. He is the editor and publisher of Yellow Flag Press. He received a MFA from McNeese and a PhD from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette. (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Ally Glass-Katz is a writer from Berkeley, California. Her stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Shenandoah, The Sewanee Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, the minnesota review, and Washington Square Review. Her essays can be found in Sierra Magazine online and The Cincinnati Review. She’s currently a Fellow at the Michener Center for Writers, where she is fiction editor of Bat City Review. (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Nathan Go was born and raised in southern Philippines. His fiction has appeared, or is forthcoming, in Ploughshares, the Bare Life Review, the Massachusetts Review, and the Des Moines Register. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and the Zell Writers’ Program, he was also a 2012 PEN Emerging Voices Fellow and winner of AWP’s 2017 Kurt Brown Prize for fiction. He is the 2017-2018 David TK Wong Fellow at the University of East Anglia. (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Mora V. Harris writes neurotic comedies under a blanket in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Her work has been produced by The Weird Sisters and Pittsburgh Opera and received development through City Theatre, The Hanger Theatre, Alliance/Kendeda, and the Kennedy Center’s Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center Fellowship. She holds a B.A. in Creative Writing and Theater from Oberlin College and an M.F.A. in Dramatic Writing from Carnegie Mellon. She also holds a laptop at the time of this writing. (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Laura Hartenberger's fiction has appeared in The Massachusetts Review, subTerrain, Hawaii Review, Cutbank Magazine, NANO Fiction and other journals. She is from Toronto and currently teaches writing at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Michael Hawley's short stories have been published in Boston Review, The New Yorker, One Story, The Southern Review, and elsewhere. He lives in New York City. (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Rob Howell earned his MFA from Louisiana State University. His fiction has appeared in Crab Orchard Review, Kenyon Review, and elsewhere. He’s a PhD student at the University of Houston, an Inprint C. Glenn Cambor fellow, and the Digital Editor for Gulf Coast. (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Yang Huang grew up in China and participated in the 1989 student uprisings. Her linked family story collection, My Old Faithful, won the Juniper Prize for Fiction. Her debut novel, Living Treasures, won the Nautilus Book Award silver medal in fiction. Her essays and stories have appeared in Poets & Writers, The Margins, Eleven Eleven, Asian Pacific American Journal, and others. She lives in the Bay Area and works for the University of California, Berkeley. (Susannah McCorkle Scholar)

Joshua Idaszak is from Maryland. His fiction has won Boulevard magazine's 2016 emerging writers contest, was named a finalist for the 2015 Chicago Tribune Nelson Algren Award, and has been cited as distinguished by Best American Mystery Stories 2017. His stories appear or are forthcoming in Ploughshares, Kenyon Review, TriQuarterly, and elsewhere. He is a recent graduate of the MFA program in Creative Writing and Translation at the University of Arkansas. (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Mahak Jain is the author of the children's book Maya, which was a Kirkus Best Book of the Year and winner of the 2017 South Asia Book Award. Her short fiction has been selected for the Journey Prize Stories and published in literary magazines across Canada. She completed her MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Guelph and currently resides in Toronto. Learn more about her at or follow her @kveenly. (Borchardt Scholar)

Jess E. Jelsma is a doctoral student in creative writing at the University of Cincinnati. She holds an MFA in prose from the University of Alabama, where she was awarded the Don Hendrie Jr. Memorial Fiction Prize in 2016. Her most recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in Catapult, CRAFT, Entropy, Flyway, The Normal School, and Post Road. She can be found online at or @jessejelsma. (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Kelsey Ann Kerr teaches writing composition at the University of Maryland and American University, and holds an MFA in poetry from the University of Maryland. Her work can be found, or is forthcoming, in Stirring: A Literary Collection, New Delta Review, Mezzo Cammin, The Sewanee Review, and The Atlanta Review, among others. Her poetry has also been nominated for Best of the Net 2017. Kelsey is a Pittsburgher, born and raised, and misses the Steel City dearly. (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Charlotte Lang is a New York-based playwright whose work has been seen at the Tank, Naked Angels, the Clurman Theater, Brooklyn Winery, Jimmy's No. 43 and the Staten Island Shakespearean Theater Festival. She has been a finalist for the Bay Area Playwrights Festival, the Seven Devils Playwrights Conference, the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, and the Amoralists Theater Company's 'Wright Club. She is a fan of strange plays. BFA: NYU Tisch. (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Quinn Lewis is a poet from Alabama. Her work has appeared in Indiana Review, Ninth Letter, Birmingham Poetry Review, Cimarron Review, Mid-American Review, and Best New Poets. She earned an MFA from the University of Oregon and is the recipient of residencies from PLAYA, Hawthornden Castle Retreat for Writers, and Willapa Bay AiR. (Claudia Emerson Scholar)

Phillip Scott Mandel was born and raised in NY and now lives in Austin. He has an MFA from Texas State University and an MA in Literature from NYU, and his fiction has appeared in The Gettysburg Review and Passages North. When not writing, he sells ads for the newspaper, plays music, and hangs out with a pug named Oliver. (Stanley Elkin Scholar)

Anna Marschalk-Burns’s stories have appeared in The Atlas Review, Slice, and on LitHub. She holds an MFA in Fiction from Brooklyn College, where she was the recipient of a Truman Capote fellowship and the Himan Brown award. She lives in Brooklyn, but is moving to New Orleans this fall. (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Donovan McAbee’s poems have appeared in Five Points, The Christian Century, Tar River Poetry, Quiddity, and a variety of other journals. He has a Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary and a PhD in Contemporary Poetry from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. He lives in Nashville, Tennessee with his wife and young son and serves as Associate Professor of Religion and the Arts at Belmont University. (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Sarah McKinstry-Brown is the author of Cradling Monsoons (Blue Light Press, 2010) and This Bright Darkness (Black Lawrence Press, 2019). Born and raised in Albuquerque, Sarah is the recipient of two Nebraska Book Awards and an Academy of American Poets Prize. Her poems appear in RATTLE, Ruminate, Sugar House Review, Smartish Pace, West Virginia’s standardized tests (a beautiful irony given that she was, is, and will always be, a terrible standardized test-taker), and elsewhere. (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

T. J. McLemore's poems, reviews, and interviews have appeared in Massachusetts Review, The Adroit Journal, Michigan Quarterly Review, Kenyon Review Online, Crazyhorse, Prairie Schooner, and other journals, and his work has been featured on Poetry Daily. His awards include the Richard Peterson Poetry Prize and a Pushcart Prize nomination. He lives and teaches in Fort Worth, Texas. (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Jen Logan Meyer’s fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in The Sewanee Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, The Los Angeles Review, December, and Hobart. At Washington University in St. Louis, Meyer advises and teaches at the College of Art where she leads the professional practice program and is a lecturer in the College Writing program. She received her MFA in Fiction at the Bennington Writing Seminars and is at work on a collection of connected stories. (Tennessee Williams Scholar) 

Carrie R. Moore is an educator and fiction writer born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. She is a recent graduate of Stanford University and the University of Southern California, where she received the Edward P. Moses, Ninfa Sanchez, and Discovery Scholars prizes, among others. Her writing has appeared in The Normal School and, and she is currently at work on a short story collection and novel. (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Burt Myers works as an art director at Binghamton University. He was a contributor at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference in 2013, and is thrilled to be back. He has also studied at the West Chester Poetry Conference and Poetry By the Sea, and has had poems published recently in The Hopkins Review, Barrow Street and Poetry East. (Donald Justice Scholar)

Janice Northerns is a native Texan and lives in southwest Kansas, where she teaches at a community college. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Chariton Review, descant, The Laurel Review, Roanoke Review, Southwestern American Literature, and elsewhere. She placed second in Southwest Review’s 2017 Marr Poetry Contest and is a recipient of the Robert S. Newton Creative Writing Award from Texas Tech University. Her first full-length poetry collection is forthcoming from Main Street Rag. (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

H. C. Palmer's Feet of the Messenger (BkMk Press), a finalist for the 2017 Balcones Poetry Prize, is a collection of poems about his life on the Kansas prairie interwoven with memories from the American War in Vietnam, where he served as a battalion surgeon in 1965 and '66. His work has appeared in New Letters, Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, War Literature and the Arts, Narrative Magazine, I-70 Review and other journals and anthologies. He works with a veterans writing program in partnership with the Kansas City Public Libraries, The Writers Place and the Moral Injury Association of America. (Anthony Hecht Scholar)

Daniel Paul received his MFA from Southern Illinois University. His fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and humor writing has appeared or is forthcoming in McSweeney's Internet Tendency, The Pinch, Puerto Del Sol, Hobart, New Delta Review, Passages North, and other magazines. He has been awarded prizes for his work from Briar Cliff Review, Yemassee, Shenandoah, and elsewhere. He lives in Ohio where he is currently pursuing a PhD at the University of Cincinnati. Find his work at (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Lynn Pedersen is the author of The Nomenclature of Small Things (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2016), winner of the Eric Hoffer Academic Press Award, and the poetry chapbooks Tiktaalik, Adieu, and Theories of Rain. Pedersen holds an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts where she worked as a contributing editor for Hunger Mountain. (Mona Van Duyn Scholar)

Daye Phillippo is a graduate of Purdue University and Warren Wilson MFA for Writers. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Shenandoah, Natural Bridge, The Comstock Review, Cider Press Review, Great Lakes Review, The Adirondack Review, Chariton Review, Literary Mama and others. She teaches English at Purdue University and lives in a creaky, old farmhouse on twenty rural acres in Indiana with her husband and their youngest son. (Tennessee Williams Scholar) 

Michael Pontacoloni's poems appear or are forthcoming in Copper Nickel, Denver Quarterly, Pleiades, Smartish Pace, Mississippi Review, and elsewhere. He holds an MFA from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and has received awards and support from the Vermont Studio Center and the University of Connecticut. He lives in Hartford, where he runs a small vintage clothing company. (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Casey Quinn was born, raised, and now lives in upstate New York. He has received scholarships or fellowships from Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Community of Writers at Squaw Valley, The Edward F. Albee Foundation, and the Virginia Center for Creative Arts. His fiction has appeared in Narrative, Post Road, Harpur Palate, SmokeLong Quarterly, and elsewhere. (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Molly Reid’s debut collection of stories, The Rapture Index: A Suburban Bestiary, won the seventh annual BOA Short Fiction Prize and is coming out in the spring of 2019. Her stories have appeared on NPR and in the journals TriQuarterly, Crazyhorse, Gulf Coast, Indiana Review, Redivider, and The Normal School, among others. She is currently a PhD student at the University of Cincinnati, at work on a novel. (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Rob Roensch is the author of a collection of stories titled The Wildflowers of Baltimore. He has published short fiction in American Short Fiction, Epoch and Vol. 1 Brooklyn. He teaches at Oklahoma City University. (Peter Taylor Scholar)

Lynn Schmeidler is a fiction writer and poet. Her fiction has appeared in The Georgia Review, The Southern Review, Grain and other literary magazines. Her stories have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and listed under Distinguished Stories in Best American Short Stories. Schmeidler has published one poetry book, History of Gone (Veliz Books, shortlisted for the 2016 Sexton Poetry Prize), and two chapbooks, Curiouser & Curiouser (winner of the 2013 Grayson Books Chapbook Contest), and Wrack Lines (Grayson Books). (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Leona Sevick is the 2017 Press 53 Poetry Award Winner for her first full-length book of poems, Lion Brothers. Her work has appeared in Verse Daily, North American Review, The Journal, Fifth Wednesday Journal, Crab Orchard Review, and is forthcoming in The Normal School. Her work also appears in The Golden Shovel Anthology: New Poems Honoring Gwendolyn Brooks. She is provost at Bridgewater College in Virginia and can be reached at or @lsevick. (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Kari Shemwell was born and raised in western Kentucky. She has lived and worked in the film industry in New Orleans and Los Angeles. She received an undergraduate degree from Murray State University and an MFA in fiction from Sierra Nevada College. Her work has previously appeared in The Normal School, the Masters Review, Gulf Stream Lit Mag, Columbia College Literary Review, and The Stonecoast Review. (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

William Pei Shih is from New York City. His story collection was a finalist for the Flannery O’Connor Award. Publications include McSweeney’s Quarterly, The Masters Review, Carve Magazine, The Des Moines Register, The UK Bridport Prize, Reed, and Hyphen. He has been awarded fellowships and scholarships to the Sun Valley Writers’ Conference, Kundiman, and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. He is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He is at work on a novel. (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Jess Smith's work has appeared or is forthcoming in Waxwing, 32 Poems, The Rumpus, Prairie Schooner, Four Way Review, and elsewhere. Currently, she is pursuing a PhD in English and Creative Writing at Texas Tech University, where she co-founded and curates the LHUCA Literary Series and is a managing editor at Iron Horse Literary Review. (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Annie Woodford is a native of Bassett, Virginia, and studied poetry at Hollins College. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Sewanee Review, The Greensboro Review, The Southern Review, The Nashville Review, and Prairie Schooner, among others. In 2017, she was awarded the Graybeal-Gowen Prize for Virginia Poets and was the Rona Jaffe Foundation Poetry Scholar at Bread Loaf Writers Conference. Her first book of poetry is forthcoming from Groundhog Poetry Press. (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Snowden Wright is the author of two novels, American Pop (William Morrow, forthcoming) and Play Pretty Blues (Engine Books, 2013). He has written for The Atlantic, Salon, Esquire, and the New York Daily News, among other publications. A former Stone Court Writer-in-Residence, Wright lives in Atlanta, Georgia. (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Joshua Young is a proud member of The Public’s 2018-2019 Emerging Writers Group. His play Red Room on a Dark Web is a 2018 O'Neill Center semifinalist and a 2018 SPACE on Ryder Farm semifinalist. His play The Execution and The Rapture was a 2017 PlayPenn semifinalist.  His work has been developed/ produced at: The Cherry Lane Theatre, The HERE Arts Center, Dixon Place, The Brick, The Tank, and others. (Horton Foote Scholar)


2017 Fellows and Scholars


2017 Fellows

Austin Allen (Walter E. Dakin Fellow)

Mia Alvar (Father William Ralston Fellow)

Paulette Boudreaux (Walter E. Dakin Fellow)

Jericho Brown (Walter E. Dakin Fellow)

Dana Cann (Walter E. Dakin Fellow)

Jeffrey Condran (Walter E. Dakin Fellow)

Lisa Fay Coutley (Walter E. Dakin Fellow)

Eric Ekstrand (Walter E. Dakin Fellow)

David Eye (Walter E. Dakin Fellow)

Julie Funderburk (Walter E. Dakin Fellow)

Sarah Green (Walter E. Dakin Fellow)

Rachel Hall (Walter E. Dakin Fellow)

Bryan Hurt (Walter E. Dakin Fellow)

David Jacobi (Walter E. Dakin Fellow)

Lee Clay Johnson (Walter E. Dakin Fellow)

EJ Levy (Walter E. Dakin Fellow)

Courtney Meaker (Walter E. Dakin Fellow)

Amy Rowland (Walter E. Dakin Fellow)

Michael Shewmaker (Walter E. Dakin Fellow)

Hasanthika Sirisena (John N. Wall Fellow)

Anne Valente (Walter E. Dakin Fellow)

Chelsea Woodard (Walter E. Dakin Fellow)

2017 Scholars

Erin Adair-Hodges (Claudia Emerson Scholar)

Bonnie Arning (Donald Justice Scholar)

Taneum Bambrick (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Anna Laird Barto (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Judy Bauerlein (Romulus Linney Scholar)

Caroline Beimford (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Annette C. Boehm (Howard Nemerov Scholar)

Darcy Parker Bruce (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Emily Choate (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Lee Conell (Barry Hannah Scholar)

Colby Cotton (Tennessee Williams Scholar) 

Lisa Cupolo (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Molia Dumbleton (Susannah McCorkle Scholar)

Sanderia Faye (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Lauren Feldman (Horton Foote Scholar)

Julia Franks (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Vishwas R. Gaitonde (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Amanda Galvan Huynh (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Kate Gaskin (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Donna Gordon (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Alina Grabowski (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

CJ Hauser (Peter Taylor Scholar)

Gabriel Houck (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Dionne Irving (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Jordan Jacks (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Matt Kelsey (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Robert Lee Kendrick (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Emily Kiernan (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Ben Kingsley (Tennessee Williams Scholar)  

Karin Lin-Greenberg (Tennessee Williams Scholar)


Andrew Mangan (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Dawn Manning (Mona Van Duyn Scholar)

Gale Massey (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Kate McQuade (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Jenny Molberg (Mark Strand Scholar)

Jennifer Murvin (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Hannah Oberman-Breindel (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Erin Kate Ryan (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Blake Sanz (Borchardt Scholar)

Eric Schlich (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Emily Schulten (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Kate Osana Simonian (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Marianna Staroselsky (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Nafissa Thompson-Spires (Stanley Elkin Scholar)

Emily Tuszynska (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Kara van de Graaf (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Regina Walton (Anthony Hecht Scholar)

Catherine Weingarten (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

David Welch (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Jim Whiteside (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Ruth Williams (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Alex Wilson (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Hilary Zaid (Tennessee Williams Scholar)


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)