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


2016 Fellows and Scholars

2016 Fellows

Marie-Helene Bertino is the author of the novel 2 A.M. at the Cat’s Pajamas and the collection Safe as Houses. Awards include the O. Henry Prize, The Pushcart Prize, and The Iowa Award for Short Fiction. She teaches at NYU and in the low-residency MFA program at IAIA (Institute of American Indian Arts) in Santa Fe, and lives in Brooklyn, where she is a Contributing Editor for Catapult magazine. (Walter E. Dakin Fellow)

Bill Beverly wrote Dodgers (2016) and On the Lam: Narratives of Flight in J. Edgar Hoover’s America (2003). His stories appear in Gargoyle and online in The Mississippi Review and Redux. For ten years he was an editor for 32 Poems. He studied at Oberlin College and the University of Florida, earning a Ph.D. in American literature. He lives in Maryland and teaches at Trinity University in Washington. (Walter E. Dakin Fellow)

Edith Freni holds both her BFA and MFA from NYU’s Department of Dramatic Writing. Her work has been produced and developed in New York and nationally at theaters including Steppenwolf, LAByrinth Theater Company, the Williamstown Theater Festival, Ensemble Studio Theater, New York Theater Workshop, Profile Theatre in Portland, OR; City Theater in Miami, and Actor's Express in Atlanta. Edith is a three-time nominee for the prestigious PONY Award and a two-time finalist for the Jerome Fellowship. She was a Kilroy's List Honorable Mention in 2014 and 2015. Her work is published by Playscripts, DPS, Smith & Krauss, and Applause. Edith was a 2015-16 Ingram New Works Lab resident playwright at Nashville Repertory Theater and received a New Territories Playwriting Residency at Serenbe Playhouse in January 2015. She is the inaugural recipient of Emory University's Playwriting Fellowship and has taught playwriting at Emory, the University of Miami, and Perry Mansfield Performing Arts Camp. (Tennessee Williams Playwright-in-Residence)

Charles Hughes is the author of the poetry collection Cave Art (Wise blood Books, 2014). His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in America, the Anglican Theological Review, The Christian Century, Dappled Things, First Things, the Iron Horse Literary Review, Measure, The Rotary Dial, the Sewanee Theological Review, Think Journal, and elsewhere. He worked as a lawyer for thirty-three years before his retirement and lives with his wife in the Chicago area. (Walter E. Dakin Fellow)

Krista Knight's work has been produced or developed at New Georges, Playwrights Center of MN, Ars Nova, Joe’s Pub at the Public Theatre, The Assembly, Inkwell, and The Vineyard among others. She holds a BA from Brown University, an MA in Performance Studies from NYU, and an MFA in Playwriting from UC San Diego. She was a Page 73 Playwriting Fellow in 2007 and a Shank Playwriting Fellow at the Vineyard Theatre from 2011 to 2012. Krista joins the Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Program at Juilliard in the fall. (Walter E. Dakin Fellow)

Dave Madden is the author of If You Need Me I’ll Be Over There and The Authentic Animal: Inside the Odd and Obsessive World of Taxidermy. His shorter work has appeared in Harper’s, Prairie Schooner, The Rumpus, DIAGRAM, The Normal School, and elsewhere. He’s the recipient of an AWP Intro Journals Award and a Bernard De Voto Fellowship at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. He teaches in the MFA program at the University of San Francisco. (Walter E. Dakin Fellow)

James Davis May is the author of Unquiet Things, published by Louisiana State University Press in 2016 as part of the Goat Island Poetry Series, an imprint edited and founded by the late Claudia Emerson. His poems have appeared in The Missouri Review, New England Review, The New Republic, The Southern Review, and elsewhere. Winner of Poetry Society of America’s 2016 Cecil Hemley Memorial Award, he teaches creative writing at Young Harris College. (Walter E. Dakin Fellow)

Andrew McFadyen-Ketchum is an award-winning freelance editor, writer, and lecturer of writing at the University of Colorado. He is also founder and editor of, founder of the Colorado Writers’ Workshop, founder and editor of The Floodgate Poetry Series, co-founder of the Some Kind of Wonderful Literary Hour, and editor of two anthologies. His first book of poems, Ghost Gear, was a finalist for the Miller Williams Prize, the Colorado Book Award, and the INDIEFAB. (Walter E. Dakin Fellow)

Tyler Mills is the author of Tongue Lyre, winner of the 2011 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award (SIU Press 2013). Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, Boston Review, Kenyon Review, New England Review, and elsewhere, and her creative nonfiction won the Copper Nickel Editor’s Prize in Prose and has appeared in AGNI. She is editor-in-chief of The Account and an assistant professor of English at New Mexico Highlands University. (Walter E. Dakin Fellow)

Maggie Mitchell’s first novel, Pretty Is, was released by Henry Holt in 2015. It was simultaneously published in the UK by Orion, followed by translations in German, Dutch, French and Romanian. Her short fiction has appeared in New Ohio Review, American Literary Review, Green Mountains Review, and elsewhere. Her story “It Would Be Different If” is included in The Bedford Introduction to Literature. She teaches English and creative writing at the University of West Georgia. (John N. Wall Fellow)

Nathan Oates's debut collection of stories, The Empty House, was awarded the 2012 Spokane Prize. His stories have appeared in The Missouri ReviewThe Antioch Review, the Alaska Quarterly ReviewWitness, and elsewhere. His stories have been anthologized in The Best American Mystery Stories (2008 & 2012), and in Forty Stories. He is an associate professor of creative writing at Seton Hall University, and he lives in Brooklyn, New York with his family. (Walter E. Dakin Fellow)

Patricia Park is the author of the debut novel Re Jane (Viking, May 2015). She has written for the New York Times Book Review, Guardian, Salon, Slice, and others. She received fellowships from Fulbright, The Center for Fiction, and the Jerome Foundation. She holds a BA from Swarthmore and an MFA from Boston University. A Queens native, she lives in Brooklyn. (Walter E. Dakin Fellow)

Elizabeth Poliner is the author of the newly released novel, As Close to Us as Breathing (Lee Boudreaux Books / Little, Brown), the poetry collection, What You Know in Your Hands, and the linked story collection, Mutual Life & Casualty. Her short fiction has appeared in the Kenyon Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, The Southampton Review, Colorado Review, and other journals. She teaches in the MFA and undergraduate creative writing programs at Hollins University. (Walter E. Dakin Fellow)

Nancy Reddy is the author of Double Jinx (Milkweed Editions, 2015), a 2014 winner of the National Poetry Series. In fall 2015, she was awarded a grant by the Sustainable Arts Foundation, and her poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Horsethief, The Iowa Review, Tupelo Quarterly, and elsewhere. She teaches writing at Stockton University in southern New Jersey. (Walter E. Dakin Fellow)

Corinna McClanahan Schroeder is the author of the poetry collection Inked, winner of the 2014 X. J. Kennedy Poetry Prize (Texas Review Press, 2015). Her poetry appears in such journals as The Gettysburg Review, Shenandoah, Tampa Review, Poet Lore, and Blackbird. Originally from Loveland, Ohio, she holds an MFA from the University of Mississippi and is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Southern California. (Walter E. Dakin Fellow)

Will Schutt is the author of Westerly, winner of the 2012 Yale Series of Younger Poets competition. His poems and translations from Italian have appeared in Agni, A Public Space, The New Republic and elsewhere. For his translations of the poetry of Edoardo Sanguineti, he has received an NEA Translation Fellowship and a PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grant. He currently lives in Baltimore, Maryland. (Walter E. Dakin Fellow)

Lauren Goodwin Slaughter is the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award and author of the poetry collection, a lesson in smallness (National Poetry Review Press), a finalist for the Eric Hoffer Award in poetry. Her poems have appeared in Blackbird, Carolina Quarterly, Crab Orchard Review, Kenyon Review Online, and Valparaiso Poetry Review. She is an assistant professor of English at The University of Alabama at Birmingham and will become editor of PoemMemoirStory this fall. (Walter E. Dakin Fellow)

Justin Taylor's stage works have been developed or produced at Dixon Place, Lucid Body House, Piano Fight, Figment Arts Festival, Playwrights Horizons, Yale Cabaret, Moving Parts, Paris; and librettis at Norfolk Music Festival and the Théâtre de Ménilmontant, Paris. Justin’s translations from French include The Chairs by Eugene Ionesco. His essays on theater have been published in American Theater Magazine, Howlround, and The San Francisco Chronicle. Winner of a JM Kaplan writing grant and finalist for the Jerome NYC Fellowship, Play Penn, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Stratford New Works Lab, among others. MA in opera dramaturgy, the Sorbonne; MFA in playwriting, Yale School of Drama. He lives in New York City. (Walter E. Dakin Fellow)

Vu Tran's first novel is Dragonfish, a NY Times Notable Book of 2015. He is the winner of a Whiting Award, and his short stories have appeared in publications like the O. Henry Prize Stories and the Best American Mystery Stories. Born in Vietnam and raised in Oklahoma, Vu received his MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and his PhD from the Black Mountain Institute at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Chicago. (Walter E. Dakin Fellow)

Douglas Watson is the author of a novel, A Moody Fellow Finds Love and Then Dies (2014), and a book of stories, The Era of Not Quite (2013), winner of the BOA Editions Short Fiction Prize. He lives in Massachusetts. (Walter E. Dakin Fellow)

Jacob White is the author of the story collection Being Dead in South Carolina (Leapfrog Press, 2013). His fiction has appeared in many places, including The Georgia Review, Salt Hill, Cimarron Review, and The Sewanee Review, from whom he received the Andrew Lytle Prize for Fiction. He co-edited Green Mountains Review for four years and is now an assistant professor of Writing at Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York. (Father William Ralston Fellow)

2016 Scholars

Brittany K. Allen is a New York-based writer/performer. Her essays and fiction are published in The Toast, The Tishman Review (Pushcart Prize Nominee), The Nervous Breakdown, Mercer Street, and elsewhere. Her original plays include Redwood (reading, EST/Bloodworks), Please Please Please, and Confederate Kitsch. She’s a member of the Bats, the resident acting company at the Flea Theater, and Youngblood, the Obie-award-winning emerging playwrights collective at Ensemble Studio Theatre. She holds a BFA from NYU-Tisch. (Borchardt Scholar)

Nancy J. Allen is a teaching and research fellow of the School of Spiritual Psychology in Gainesville, Texas, and is a graduate of the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. Her fiction won the 2013 bosque Fiction Award and has appeared in StoryQuarterly, Southwest Review, Shadowgraph Magazine, WF Literature and Art Review, River Styx (REVENGEIssue), and 2016 Best Short Stories from The Saturday Evening Post. She lives with her husband in Dallas. (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Kathleen Balma is a teacher and librarian from the Ohio River Valley of Illinois. She is the recipient of a Fulbright grant and a Pushcart Prize. In 2015 she was a finalist for the Montreal International Poetry Prize. Her poems have appeared in Atlanta Review, Crab Orchard Review, Fugue, Hotel Amerika, The Journal, Mid-American Review, Rattle, storySouth, and other magazines. A former resident of Australia and Spain, she makes her home in New Orleans. (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Brett Beach’s fiction is forthcoming or has appeared in Prairie Schooner, The Chicago Tribune’s Printers Row Journal, Great Jones Street, and elsewhere. He lives with his wife in Wisconsin. (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Anna Lena Phillips Bell’s first book of poems, Ornament, won the 2016 Vassar Miller Prize, and is forthcoming in spring 2017. Her poems have recently appeared in Southern Review, 32 Poems, and Michigan Quarterly Review, among others, and her projects include A Pocket Book of Forms, a travel-sized guide to poetic forms. The recipient of a North Carolina Arts Council Fellowship, she is editor of Ecotone and Lookout Books, and teaches at UNC Wilmington. (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Britton Buttrill is a Georgia expatriate currently based in New York City. His plays have been presented in New York at ESPA/Primary Stages, Naked Angels, HERE, The Flea, Fringe NYC, The Skeleton Rep, and Marrow's Edge among others. Atlanta credits include Pinch n' Ouch Theatre and Atlanta Fringe. He has been a recipient of the New South Young Playwrights Award, The E.B. Osborne Fellowship, a Jon Robin Baitz Writer's Residency, and was a Semi-Finalist for the Lila Acheson Wallace Fellowship at Juilliard. He holds an MFA in Playwriting from The New School for Drama. (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Joshua Butts has earned degrees in English from The Ohio State University and The University of Cincinnati. He teaches and serves as Head of English and Philosophy at Columbus College of Art and Design. His work has recently appeared or is forthcoming in Spoon River Poetry Review, Birmingham Poetry Review, Tampa Review, and Burnside Review. His first poetry collection, New to the Lost Coast, was published in 2015 by Gold Wake Press. (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Chris Cander is a novelist, children’s book author, screenplay writer, and writer-in-residence for Houston-based Writers in the Schools. Her children’s book The Word Burglar received the silver 2014 Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards for Reading Skills & Literacy. Her award-winning novel 11 Stories was included in Kirkus’s best indie general fiction of 2013. Her most recent novel is Whisper Hollow, published by Other Press. Her animated feature film "Germs!" is forthcoming from Cinesite in partnership with Comic Animations. (Peter Taylor Scholar)

Stephanie Carpenter holds degrees from Williams College, Syracuse University, and the University of Missouri. Her prose has appeared in Witness, Nimrod, The Cossack Review, Big Fiction, and elsewhere. A native of northern Michigan, she currently teaches literature and creative writing at Michigan Tech University. (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Matt Cashion’s story collection Last Words of the Holy Ghost won the 2015 Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction, judged by Lee K. Abbott. He is also the author of two novels, How the Sun Shines on Noise (2004), and Our 13th Divorce (forthcoming 2017), both from Livingston Press. Born in North Carolina, raised in Georgia, MFA’d at the University of Oregon, Cashion now teaches creative writing at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. (Barry Hannah Scholar)

Tiana Clark is the author of the forthcoming chapbook Equilibrium for the 2016 Frost Place Chapbook Competition. She is the winner of the 2016 Academy of American Poets Prize and 2015 Rattle Poetry Prize. Tiana is currently an MFA candidate at Vanderbilt University where she serves as the Poetry Editor for Nashville Review. Her writing has appeared in Best New Poets 2015, Crab Orchard Review, Southern Indiana Review, Adroit Journal, Thrush, The Offing, and elsewhere. (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Martin Cloutier has been published in Harvard Review, Crazyhorse, Post Road, Tampa Review, Shenandoah, Story Quarterly, Natural Bridge, SmokeLong Quarterly, The Southeast Review and elsewhere. He currently teaches creative writing and composition at Brooklyn College. (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Cátia Cunha likes outer space, dystopias, and the Mariana Trench. She is interested in the development of the individual's unique vocabulary and how life experiences influence their acquisition of words and mannerisms. Her plays explore the power dynamics of language: who has access to phrases and their meanings, how jargon is used to divide or unite people, and the intimacy of function words. She will be attending UCLA this fall for an MFA in Playwriting. (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Sarah Einspanier is a playwright from Dallas, TX. She is a member of Cherry Lane’s Mentor Project (Mentor: Sheila Callaghan), Clubbed Thumb's Early Career Writers' Group, and Ars Nova's Play Group. She is a New Georges Affiliated Artist; a member of RADY&BLOOM collective playmaking; a finalist for Leah Ryan’s FEWW; a two-time finalist in the Samuel French OOB Short Play Festival; and an alum of Pipeline Theatre Company’s PlayLab and Bookshop Workshops Writers Group. (Horton Foote Scholar)

Susan Finch holds an MFA from Indiana University and a PhD in creative writing from Florida State University. Her work has appeared in Carve, PANK, New Ohio Review, and The Portland Review, among others. Most recently, she was selected as a finalist for Nimrod’s Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction. She is an Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Jonathan Fink is the author of two poetry collections: The Crossing (Dzanc, 2015) and Barbarossa: The German Invasion of the Soviet Union and the Siege of Leningrad (Dzanc, forthcoming Nov. 2016). His poems and essays have appeared in Poetry, The New York Times Magazine, Slate, New England Review, Witness, The Southern Review, and Virginia Quarterly Review, among other publications. He is Professor and Director of Creative Writing at the University of West Florida. (Mark Strand Scholar)

Kitty Forbes lives with her husband Walter, and dog, Yankee Poodle, on Lookout Mountain, Georgia. She graduated from the University of Georgia, and later received an MFA from Vermont College. She attended the Sewanee Writers’ Conference once before and is glad to be back. Her chapbook WRONG BUS was published by Finishing Line Press. Her poems appear in Atlanta Review, California Quarterly, Lullwater Review, Oxford American, Main Street Rag, The MacGuffin, Cape Rock, and many others. Her work is included in The Southern Poetry Anthology Volume VI: Tennessee. (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Hazel Foster received her MFA in Creative Writing from Hollins University. She teaches high school English and Creative Writing in San Antonio. Recent stories have appeared in West Branch and Joyland, and she is currently finishing a short story collection about water and summer and Michigan. (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Luke Geddes’s fiction has appeared in ConjunctionsMid-American ReviewHayden's Ferry ReviewWashington Square, etc. He is also a critic for The Comics Journal. His short story collection, I Am a Magical Teenage Princess, has received praise from Publishers WeeklyRain TaxiThe Collagist, etc., as well as the authors Chris Bachelder, Alissa Nutting, Roxane Gay, and Michael Griffith. He has a Ph.D. in literature and creative writing from the University of Cincinnati, and lives in Cincinnati. (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Charity Gingerich is from Uniontown, Ohio, where she teaches creative writing part-time at the University of Mount Union. From 2008-2013 she taught writing at West Virginia University, where she also obtained her MFA. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in: Arts & Letters, Quiddity, The Kenyon Review, Redivider, etc. Her chapbook, Girl Escaping with Sky was published by Dancing Girl Press in 2013. When not writing and teaching, she sings with various choral groups. (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Mikko Harvey lives in Columbus, Ohio. His poems appear or are forthcoming in places such as Colorado Review, Kenyon Review, FIELD, Gulf Coast, Massachusetts Review, Pleiades, and Best New Poets 2013. He recently completed an MFA at The Ohio State University, where he served as a poetry editor for The Journal. (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Joseph Holt is pursuing his PhD in the Center for Writers at the University of Southern Mississippi. He received an AWP Intro Journals Award for fiction in 2016. He grew up in South Dakota, and he has also lived in Taiwan, Wales, and Norway. (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Abriana Jetté is an internationally published poet, essayist, editor, and educator from Brooklyn, New York. Her anthology 50 Whispers: Poems by Extraordinary Women debuted as a #1 best seller on Amazon, and her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Seneca Review, River Teeth, Plume, Barrelhouse, The Moth, and many other places. She teaches for St. John's University, for the College of Staten Island, and for the nonprofit organization Sponsors for Educational Opportunity. (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

L. A. Johnson is from California. She received her MFA from Columbia University and is currently pursuing her PhD in literature and creative writing from the University of Southern California, where she is a Provost’s Fellow. Her poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in The Southern Review, the Antioch Review, The Iowa Review, Massachusetts Review, Indiana Review, Third Coast, and other journals. (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Janine Joseph was raised in the Philippines and California, and is the author of Driving without a License (Alice James Books, 2016), winner of the 2014 Kundiman Poetry Prize. Her commissioned libretti for the Houston Grand Opera/HGOco include What Wings They Were: The Case of Emeline, “On This Muddy Water”: Voices from the Houston Ship Channel, and From My Mother's Mother. Janine is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Oklahoma State University. (Howard Nemerov Scholar)

Jennifer Wisner Kelly’s stories have appeared in Salamander, Massachusetts Review, Greensboro Review, Beloit Fiction Journal, and elsewhere. She has been awarded artist residencies by the Ucross Foundation, the Jentel Foundation, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts. She is both Book Review Editor and Associate Fiction Editor for the Colorado Review where she frequently contributes her own reviews. She lives in Concord, Massachusetts. (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Meghan Kenny’s fiction has won the Iowa Review Award and has appeared in journals including The Kenyon Review, The Gettysburg Review, The Cincinnati Review, Hobart, and elsewhere. She has been a Peter Taylor Fellow, a Tickner Writing Fellow, and a scholar at Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. She teaches and lives in Pennsylvania. Her collection of short stories, Love Is No Small Thing, is forthcoming from LSU Press, Yellow Shoe Fiction in 2017. (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Edgar Kunz is from Massachusetts. His poems can be found in Narrative, New England Review, The Missouri Review, AGNI, Best New Poets 2015, and other places. He has an MFA from Vanderbilt University and is currently a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford. (Donald Justice Scholar)

Carrie La Seur practices energy and environmental law on behalf of farmers, ranchers, and Native Americans, and does a little writing, from an office in Billings, Montana. Her ancestors homesteaded in Montana in 1864 and survived every sort of calamity and absurdity, so the publishing industry seems pretty tame to her by comparison. (Susannah McCorkle Scholar)

D.S. Magid is a playwright, composer, lyricist, director, Broadway actor/singer, poet, and all-round energetic sort. She is a member of Cleveland Play House Playwrights’ Unit, is a Cleveland Public Theatre Artist, and co-founded ICWP's 50/50 Applause Award for gender parity in theater. Magid's works have been seen worldwide and include long, short, drama, comedy, musical, SciFi, rock opera, chamber opera, and “Richard Wagner’s Entire Ring Cycle in Ten Minutes with Sock Puppets.” (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Angela Mitchell's stories have been published in Colorado Review, New South, Carve, Midwestern Gothic, and others. Her story, “Animal Lovers,” was the winner of the 2009 Nelligan Prize from Colorado Review. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, as well as degrees from the University of Arkansas and the University of New Orleans. Mitchell is the current director of the St. Louis Writers Workshop. (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Oindrila Mukherjee is an Assistant Professor at Grand Valley State University. She has a PhD in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Houston and was a creative writing fellow in fiction at Emory University. Her work has appeared in Salon, Los Angeles Review of Books, Arts&Letters, The Greensboro Review, Silk Road Review, the Oxford Anthology of Bengali Literature and elsewhere. She is Associate Editor of the literary journal Aister(x) and is currently working on a novel and a collection of stories. (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Maria Nazos is the author of A Hymn That Meanders and the chapbook "Still Life." She has received fellowships from the Vermont Studio Center and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Her poetry, translations, and lyrical essays are published or forthcoming in The Mid-American Review, The North American Review, The Tampa Review, The Florida Review, The Southern Humanities Review, Subtropics, The Drunken Boat, and elsewhere. Currently, she is a Great Plains Fellow studying Creative Writing in the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Creative Writing PhD program, where she teaches creative writing and poetry workshops. (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Susannah Nevison is the author of Teratology (Persea Books, 2015), winner of the Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize in Poetry. Her work has recently appeared in, or is forthcoming from, 32 Poems, The Rumpus, Ninth Letter, Beloit Poetry Journal, The Journal, and elsewhere. She is a 2016 Clarence Snow Fellow at the University of Utah, where she is a doctoral candidate. (John Hollander Scholar)

Ricardo Nuila is a writer, doctor, and professor. He teaches internal medicine and medical ethics at Baylor College of Medicine, and creative writing at the University of Houston. He’s written for VQR, the New Yorker and The Atlantic websites, and The New England Journal of Medicine, and his fiction has appeared (among other places) in Best American Short Stories, McSweeney's, and The New England Review, which awarded him its inaugural Emerging Writer’s award. (Stanley Elkin Scholar)

Ryan Oliveira is a playwright currently based in Chicago. He has his MFA in Playwriting from the University of Iowa, where Below the Pacific, Sea of Trees (a new musical), and Swordplay were produced. He’s been a Theater Masters playwright and a semi-finalist for the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, PlayPenn, and the Disquiet Luso-American Fellowship. He’s also a dramaturg, poet, performer, Pokemon trainer, and singer-songwriter. (Romulus Linney Scholar)

Koye Oyedeji’s fiction, journalism, and critical writing has appeared in anthologies, newspapers, and magazines including Washington City Paper, BRAND Magazine, Arise Magazine, and BBC Online, and he is a contributor to SABLE litmag. He teaches at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts and is an adjunct professor of creative writing at American University. He currently splits his time between London and Washington DC and is working on a novel and a collection of short stories. (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Pete Pazmino is a graduate of the MA in Writing (fiction) program at Johns Hopkins University. His writing has appeared in numerous publications including Gargoyle Magazine, Memorious, Monkeybicycle, JMWW, Mary: A Journal of New Writing, The Rappahannock Review, and elsewhere. He’s served four fellowships at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA), and in 2014 was named as a Claudia Mitchell Arts Fund grantee by the Rappahannock Association for the Arts and Community (RAAC). (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Charlotte Pence’s Many Small Fires was a finalist this year for Foreword Reviews' Book of the Year Award and the Eric Hoffer Book Prize. The poetry collection explores her father’s chronic homelessness while simultaneously detailing the physiological changes that enabled humans to form cities, communities, and households. A professor of creative writing at Eastern Illinois University, she is also the author of two chapbooks and the editor of The Poetics of American Song Lyrics. (Anthony Hecht Scholar)

Deborah Phelps is a poet and Professor of Victorian literature and creative writing (poetry) at Sam Houston State University. She has published widely in journals such as Southern Poetry Review, Louisiana Literature, Gulf Coast, and others. She has published a chapbook, Deep East, which was selected by Stephen Dunn for the Small Poetry Press Prize. Originally from Baltimore, Maryland, she lives in Huntsville, Texas. (Tennessee Williams Scholar)           

Edward Porter’s short fiction has appeared in the Gettysburg Review, the Hudson Review, Colorado Review, Barrelhouse, Best New American Voices, and elsewhere. He has received fellowships from the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing and the Macdowell Colony, and holds an MFA from Warren Wilson College and a PhD from the University of Houston. Currently he is a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, where this fall he will begin as a Jones Lecturer. (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Saara Myrene Raappana was born and raised in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in southern China, is a founding editor of Cellpoems, and works for Motionpoems. Her latest collection, a short collaboration with artist Rebekah Wilkins-Pepiton, is called A Story of America Goes Walking. Her work appears in numerous journals, including Blackbird, DIAGRAM, The Gettysburg Review, Valparaiso Poetry Review, Vinyl Poetry & Prose. (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Jacques J. Rancourt is the author of Novena, winner of the Lena-Miles Wever Todd prize (forthcoming 2017). He has received a Wallace Stegner Fellowship, the Halls Emerging Artist Fellowship, and a residency from the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris. His poems have appeared in the Kenyon Review, jubilat, New England Review, Ploughshares, Virginia Quarterly Review, and Best New Poets 2014, among others. (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Kristin Robertson is a native of East Tennessee. She is the author of Surgical Wing, forthcoming from Alice James Books in 2017. Her poetry has appeared in Harvard Review, TriQuarterly, Indiana Review, Third Coast, and the Los Angeles Review, among other journals. Kristin has taught writing at the University of Tennessee and the University of California, Riverside, and now lives in Washington, D.C. (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Austin Smith grew up on a family dairy farm in northwestern Illinois. His stories have appeared in Harper's, Sewanee Review, Glimmer Train, and Narrative Magazine, which awarded him the 2014 Narrative Prize. His poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Sewanee Review, Yale Review, and other publications. His first collection of poems, Almanac, was published by Princeton University Press. He is currently a Jones Lecturer at Stanford University. (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Nathan Spoon is from Newport, Rhode Island. His poems have appeared in Oxford Poetry, Reflections (Yale Divinity School), From the Lighthouse (Durham University English Society), Otoliths, the anthology What Have You Lost?, and limited edition chapbooks. He currently works at Parnassus Books in Nashville, Tennessee. (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Dario Sulzman received his MFA in Creative Writing from Florida State University. His stories have been published, or are forthcoming, in Gulfstream, The Massachusetts Review, and Southern Indiana Review, among other journals. In 2015 his essay "Conflict" won the 2015 Iron Horse Literary Review Trifecta Contest in Creative Nonfiction. He currently lives in Cincinnati, where he is a doctoral candidate in Creative Writing & English at the University of Cincinnati. (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Joselyn Takacs is a Provost Fiction Fellow in the Creative Writing and Literature PhD program at University of Southern California. She holds an MFA in Fiction from Johns Hopkins University. She was featured as one of Narrative Magazine’s Top Writers Under 30. She lives and teaches writing in Los Angeles, where she is at work on her first novel. (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Carol Test earned her MFA from the University of Arizona where she served as editor-in-chief of the literary magazine Sonora Review. Her fiction has been nominated for a Pushcart prize, two Glimmer Train Short Story Awards for New Writers, and her collection was selected as Finalist for The Flannery O’Connor Award from the University of Georgia Press. She teaches creative writing and advocates for young adult cancer awareness in her hometown of Phoenix. (Tennessee Williams Scholar)

Artress Bethany White, Ph.D. is the author of the collection of poems Fast Fat Girls in Pink Hot Pants (2012). She has received The Mary Hambidge Distinguished Fellowship from the Hambidge Center for Creative Arts and a 2014-2015 Postdoctoral Faculty Fellowship from the Appalachian College Association. Her poetry has recently appeared in Poet Lore, Menacing Hedge, The New Guard, Black Renaissance Noire, Mud Season Review, and Harvard Review. (Mona Van Duyn Scholar)

Nick White’s fiction has appeared in The Kenyon Review, The Hopkins Review, Guernica, and elsewhere. He recently earned a Ph.D. in English and Creative Writing from The University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and this fall, he will join the creative writing faculty at The Ohio State University. His novel and short story collection are forthcoming with Blue Rider Press, an imprint of Penguin/Random House. (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)