Current Stegner Fellows
Kimberly Grey earned a bachelors degree in Literature from Richard Stockton College and an MFA in poetry from Adelphi University. Her work is forthcoming in The Southern Review, Boston Review, and Colorado Review. She is currently completing her first book of poems, The Opposite of Robot is Light and plans to start a second collection during her time as a Stegner Fellow.
Christopher Kempf is from Fort Wayne, Indiana. He received his MFA in poetry from Cornell University, and his work has appeared in The Journal, RATTLE, Sycamore Review, New York Quarterly, and DIAGRAM, among other places. He is currently at work on his second poetry manuscript, Historia calamitatum, about the recent economic collapse.
Hugh Martin is originally from northeastern Ohio and a graduate of Muskingum University. He spent six years in the Army National Guard as an M1A1 Tanker and eleven months in Iraq in 2004. He is finishing his MFA at Arizona State. During his fellowship at Stanford he hopes to continue revising his current manuscript and start a new collection of poems.
Jacques Rancourt received his MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he also spent a year as the 2011-’12 Halls Emerging Artist Fellow. A founding editor of the literary journal Devil’s Lake, his poems have appeared in New England Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, and Colorado Review. While at Stanford, he plans to complete his current manuscript entitled, Hand That Bears No Mercy.
Solmaz Sharif holds degrees from U.C. Berkeley and New York University. A 2011 winner of the “Discovery”/Boston Review Poetry Prize, her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Gulf Coast, jubilat, DIAGRAM, Boston Review and others. She studied and taught with June Jordan’s Poetry for the People between 2002-2006 and is a recent fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center. She is currently working on a poetic rewrite of the US Department of Defense’s dictionary.
Allison Davis is the author of Poppy Seeds, the winner of the Wick Poetry Chapbook Competition. She holds an MFA from Ohio State University and degrees from The University of Cincinnati and The Vilnius Yiddish Institute Summer Program. Her current manuscript intersects lines of work, ancestry, and poetry. She was born and raised in Youngstown, Ohio where her family has owned and operated a laundromat and a motel for over fifty years.
Rosalie Moffett is from Eastern Washington. She received her MFA in poetry from Purdue University. Winner of a “Discovery” / Boston Review poetry prize, her poems have appeared in Tin House, The Believer, FIELD, AGNI, The Journal, and other magazines, as well as the anthology “Gathered: Contemporary Quaker Poets.”
Matthew Moser Miller is a born-and-raised Ohioan. He studied creative writing at Denison University and the University of Aberdeen, where he received Aberdeen’s Calder Prize for Poetry. He holds an MFA from the University of Michigan, where he was a Hopwood Award winner and a Zell Postgraduate Fellow in Creative Writing. While a Stegner, he will continue work on a manuscript about Scotland, the rural Midwest, and a millenarian cult.
Michael Shewmaker received his MFA from McNeese State University and is currently pursuing a PhD in poetry at Texas Tech University. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Yale Review, Southwest Review, Sewanee Theological Review, New Criterion, Measure, The Dark Horse, American Arts Quarterly,and elsewhere. While at Stanford, he plans to complete his first book of poems entitled, Penumbra.
Corey Van Landingham is the author of Antidote (forthcoming from Ohio State University Press), winner of the 2012 Ohio State University Press / The Journal Award in Poetry. She recently completed her MFA at Purdue University, where she was a Poetry Editor for Sycamore Review. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in AGNI, Best New Poets 2012, Colorado Review, Crazyhorse, Indiana Review, Kenyon Review, The Southern Review, Third Coast, and elsewhere. While at Stanford she hopes to complete a second collection of poetry.
Zimbabwean-born NoViolet Bulawayo earned her MFA at Cornell University where she was a Truman Capote Fellow. Her story, “Hitting Budapest” won the 2011 Caine Prize for African writing. She is currently completing a novel entitled, We Need New Names.
Nicole Cullen was raised in Salmon, Idaho. She earned an MFA from the Michener Center for Writers in 2011. Currently, she holds the Carol Houck Smith Fiction Fellowship at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she teaches creative writing. While at Stanford, she plans to continue working on a novel set in central Idaho.
Lydia Fitzpatrick received her MFA in 2010 from the University of Michigan, where she won a Hopwood Award for short fiction and a Colby Fellowship. Since graduating, she’s been awarded the 2010-2011 Carl Djerassi Fiction Fellowship at the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing and a 2012 Elizabeth George Foundation Grant. Her fiction has appeared in Glimmer Train and Mid-American Review. She lives in Wadmalaw, South Carolina.
Austin Smith grew up on a family dairy farm in northwestern Illinois. He holds an MA in poetry from the University of California-Davis and an MFA in poetry from the University of Virginia. As a Stegner Fellow he hopes to complete a collection of linked, multigenerational stories about a dairy farming family, called Hagiography. He also hopes to work on a memoir about growing up on a farm, called The Silo.
Monique Wentzel is a fifth generation Californian whose short stories focus on the people and landscapes of the state. She received her MFA in 2011 from Portland State University. During her fellowship at Stanford she plans to complete and strengthen a collection of short stories set in California.
Brendan Jones lives in Sitka, Alaska, where he is restoring his home – a World War II tugboat – and commercial fishing. He founded Greensaw Design & Build, a Philadelphia-based company specializing in building with reclaimed material. He graduated from Oxford University, and has published articles in Fine Woodworking, Narrative, Trachodon, and has upcoming work in Ploughshares. As a Stegner fellow, he plans to finish revisions on his novel THE ALASKAN LAUNDRY.
Ottessa Moshfegh graduated from Brown University’s MFA program in 2011. As a Stegner fellow she intends to complete her first collection of short stories, and a novel tentatively titled “The Last Night of her Life”. Her work has appeared in journals such as Fence, Noon, and The Paris Review. She lives in Los Angeles.
Kate Petersen was raised in Arizona, and holds an MFA from the University of Minnesota. Her work has appeared in New England Review, The Iowa Review, Western Humanities Review, The Collagist, Paris Review Daily, The Rumpus and elsewhere. She is at work on a story collection, The Goodbye Variations, and a novel, Songs of Travel.
Rachel Smith grew up in Seattle and received her MFA in creative writing (fiction) from the University of Mississippi, where she held a teaching fellowship and was the recipient of the Bondurant Prize. Her writing has appeared in Brevity and been a finalist for the Copper Nickel prize in fiction. She directed the documentary film MINUSTAH Steals Goats, which was an Official Selection at the International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam and is forthcoming from 7th Art Releasing. For her film work, she has received grants from the New York State Council on the Arts, the Jerome Foundation, and the Paul Robeson Fund for Independent Media at the Funding Exchange.
Brenden Willey will work on a story cycle set on the farms and roads and in the churches of Kernersville, NC, his hometown. He has an MFA from the University of Oregon, where he was the Margaret McBride Lehrman Fellow and won the Logsdon Prize. He lives and teaches writing in Portland, where he was an Oregon Literary Fellow. His fiction has appeared in the Antioch Review.