Stegner Fellowship

Current Stegner Fellows


First Year:


William Brewer was born and raised in West Virginia. He’s the author of Oxyana, winner of the 2017 Poetry Society of America’s 30 and Under Chapbook Fellowship. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Boston Review, Kenyon Review Online, The Nation, A Public Space, and other journals. He’s the recipient of a Tennessee Williams Scholarship from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, as well as fellowships from Poets & Writers, the Vermont Studio Center, and Columbia University, where he earned his MFA.



J. Bruce Fuller is a Louisiana native. His chapbooks include The Dissenter’s Ground, Notes to a Husband, Lancelot, 28 Blackbirds at the End of the World, and Flood which is the winner of the 2013 Swan Scythe Chapbook Contest. He is the co-editor of Vision/Verse 2009-2013: An Anthology of Poetry, and his poems have appeared at Crab Orchard Review, Harpur Palate, Pembroke Magazine, Birmingham Poetry Review, and Louisiana Literature, among others. He is the editor and publisher of Yellow Flag Press. He received his MFA from McNeese and PhD from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.



Kara Krewer grew up on an orchard in rural Georgia. She holds an MFA in poetry from Purdue University, where she also taught creative writing and film studies. Her poems have appeared in or are forthcoming from The Georgia Review, Prairie Schooner, The Journal, Prodigal, Ninth Letter Web Edition, and elsewhere.



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Charif Shanahan is the author of Into Each Room We Enter without Knowing (SIU, 2017), winner of the 2015 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award. His poems and translations have appeared in A Public Space, The Baffler, Boston Review, LitHub, The New Republic, Prairie Schooner, and elsewhere. A Cave Canem graduate fellow, he holds degrees in Comparative Literature from Princeton University and Dartmouth College and an MFA in poetry from NYU. Originally from the Bronx, he has received awards and fellowships from the Academy of American Poets, the Frost Place, the Fulbright Program, Millay Colony for the Arts, and the Starworks Foundation.



Javier Zamora was born in El Salvador and holds fellowships from CantoMundo, Colgate University, MacDowell, Macondo, the National Endowment for the Arts, and Yaddo. The recipient of the 2016 Barnes and Noble Writer for Writer’s Award, his poems appear in APR, Ploughshares, Poetry, The Kenyon Review, The New Republic, among others. His first poetry collection is forthcoming from Copper Canyon Press in 2017.


Second Year:


Grady Chambers was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. His writing has appeared in or is forthcoming from Ninth Letter, Barrow Street, Cimarron Review, Devil’s Lake, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. He has received fellowships from the Norman Mailer Center and the New York State Summer Writers Institute, and currently lives in Syracuse, NY, where he is an MFA candidate in poetry at Syracuse University. 











Edgar Kunz is from Massachusetts. His poems can be found in New England Review, The Missouri Review, AGNI, Narrative Magazine, the Best New Poets series, and other places. His writing has been supported by the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Academy of American Poets, and Vanderbilt University, where he earned his MFA. He is working on his first book.











Laura Romeyn was born and raised in western Wisconsin. She holds a BA from St. Olaf College and an MFA from Columbia University. Her poems appear or are forthcoming in AGNI, Crazyhorse, Devil’s LakeNinth Letter, and Passages NorthShe is at work on a first book of poems.


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Margaret Ross is the author of A Timeshare (Omnidawn, 2015) and of a chapbook, Decay Constant (Catenary Press, 2012). Her poems and translations appear in A Public Space, Boston Review, Conjunctions, Fence, jubilat, and elsewhere. Born in New York City, she holds degrees from Harvard and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and received a 2013-2014 Fulbright arts grant to Nanjing.


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Noah Warren was born in Nova Scotia and graduated from Yale. His book The Destroyer in the Glass was chosen by Carl Phillips for the 2015 Yale Series of Younger Poets and is forthcoming in April 2016. His work has appeared in The Yale ReviewPoetry, The Southern Review, The Missouri Review, and AGNI.



First Year:


Jenn Alandy Trahan was born in Houston, Texas, and raised in Vallejo, California. She holds a BA from the University of California, Irvine, as well as an MFA and MA from McNeese State University. Though Jenn has lived in eleven cities across the country, her heart belongs to the San Francisco Giants, the Golden State Warriors, the New Orleans Saints, Seaside Donuts, Cameron Parish, Glenn, Dalton, Jean Grey, Teagan, and Keanu Reeves. She is at work on a collection of linked short stories and a novel.



Mark Hitz grew up in Idaho and earned an MFA from the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas. His work has appeared in Glimmer Train, The Night Owl, and is forthcoming in The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2016. As a Stegner Fellow he plans to finish his first novel.



A native of Louisville, Kentucky, Dominic Russ-Combs welded industrial models in Durham, North Carolina, before publishing his first short stories and receiving an Emerging Artist Award from the Kentucky Arts Council. His fiction has appeared in the Chicago TribuneKenyon Review,The Greensboro Review, among others, and his poetry and nonfiction have appeared in Third Coast and Indiana Review. He comes to Stanford via Lubbock, Texas, where he’s wrapping up his PhD in Creative Writing from Texas Tech.



Sibongile Sithe was born and raised in Cincinnati, OH. She received her BA from Yale University where she was awarded the Elmore A. Willets and Wallace Prizes for fiction. She is at work on a first novel, tentatively titled Careless Errors.



Ruchika Tomar is a writer from the Inland Empire, California. She holds a BA in English Literature from the University of California, Irvine, and an MFA from Columbia University. In 2015 she received The Center for Fiction’s Emerging Writers Fellowship, as well as fellowships from The MacDowell Colony and Vermont Studio Center.


Second Year:

Aamina Ahmad

Aamina Ahmad grew up in London. She completed her MFA at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop where she was a Teaching-Writing Fellow. Her full length play, The Dishonored, is set to tour the UK in 2016. Her fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in The Normal School, The Missouri Review and the anthology, And the World Changed.



Chris Drangle grew up in Arkansas and earned his MFA from Cornell University. In between he worked as a car washer, a copywriter, a radio DJ, and the guy who drives the caged golf cart at driving ranges. His fiction has appeared in the Mid-American Review, Granta, the Kenyon Review Online, and is forthcoming from the Oxford American.


Ben Hoffman

Ben Hoffman received an MFA from UNC Wilmington and is the Carol Houck Smith Fiction Fellow at the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing. His stories have won the Chicago Tribune’s Nelson Algren Award and Zoetrope: All-Story’s Short Fiction Contest, and have also appeared in print or online at American Short Fiction, The Missouri Review, and Tin House. He is the author of a chapbook, Together, Apart, and is working on a novel and a collection of stories.



Onyinye Ihezukwu was born and raised in Nigeria where she worked as a journalist and broadcaster. She holds an MFA from the University of Virginia. Her work, which explores changing socio-spiritual themes in the urban Nigerian setting, has appeared in the Virginia Quarterly Review, the St. Petersburg Review and elsewhere. She is currently working on a novel about people who make art out of screaming and crashing into things.



Callan Wink is a fly fishing guide in Livingston, Montana. His first collection of stories, Dog Moon Run, was published in 2016. His stories have appeared in Men’s Journal, the New Yorker, Granta, The Best American Short Stories Anthology, and others. He is the recipient of a 2014 NEA creative writing fellowship.