Stegner Fellowship

Current Stegner Fellows



Second Year:



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. Email:


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.” Email:


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. Email:


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. Email:



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. Email:


First Year:


Essy Stone comes from East Tennessee. She received her MFA from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida. She is currently revising her first manuscript, tentatively-titled What It Done to Us, and hopes to begin another collection as a Stegner Fellow. Her poetry is forthcoming in Prairie Schooner. 



Casey Thayer, Wisconsin born and bred, earned degrees at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and Northern Michigan University. His work has appeared in American Poetry Review, Devil’s Lake, North American Review, Poetry, and elsewhere. He is currently developing and revising his second book manuscript, a collection of poems backboned by an exploration of gun culture.





Ari Banias holds a BA from Sarah Lawrence College and an MFA from Hunter College, where he was a teaching fellow. The author of a chapbook, What’s Personal is Being Here With All of You (Portable Press @ Yo-Yo Labs), his poems have appeared or are forthcoming in American Poetry Review, FIELD, Guernica, Gulf Coast, Poetry Northwest, The Volta, and elsewhere. He is the recipient of fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. His first collection of poems is forthcoming from W.W. Norton in 2016.


Brian Tierney received his MFA in poetry from the Bennington College Writing Seminars, and his Masters degree in English from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. In 2013, he was a finalist for Narrative’s “30 Below Contest,” which honors writers younger than 30 years old, as well as for Ploughshares’ Emerging Writers Contest. His poems have appeared in or are forthcoming in: AGNI, Best New Poets 2013, The Kenyon Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Narrative, Free State Review, and others. While at Stanford he hopes to finish his first poetry manuscript, and also begin work on his second collection.




Nicholas Friedman was born and raised in Upstate New York. He received an MFA from Cornell University, where he also lectured for two years before leaving his home state for California. Friedman is the recipient of a Ruth Lilly Fellowship, and his poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in The New York Times, Parnassus, Poetry Magazine, PN Review, Yale Review, and other publications.


Second Year:

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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. Emai:


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. Email:




Kate Petersen was raised in Arizona, and holds an MFA from the University of Minnesota. Her work has appeared in New England ReviewKenyon Review, FiveChapters, The Iowa Review and elsewhere. She is at work on a story collection and a novel.



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. Email:


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. Email:


First Year:




Edward Porter holds an MFA from Warren Wilson College and a PhD from the University of Houston. His short fiction has appeared in The Hudson Review, The Gettysburg Review, Colorado Review, Barrelhouse, and elsewhere, and has been anthologized in Best New American Voices and elsewhere. He has received fellowships from The Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing and The MacDowell Colony, as well as an AWP Intro Journals Award.




Lila Savage is a Sami-American who grew up in Minneapolis. She discontinued graduate work in American studies to pursue labor journalism but ended up caring for people with Alzheimer’s for almost a decade. Her work explores themes of queer femininity, marginalization, frailty and survival. While at Stanford she hopes to finish her novel.



Mark Labowskie grew up in Philadelphia and received his MFA at Rutgers-Newark. His fiction has appeared in Gulf Coast and Sou’wester. He plans to work on a novel and a collection of stories while at Stanford. 


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Josephine Rowe is an Australian writer living in Montreal. Her most recent short story collection is Tarcutta Wake, and her fiction appears in Meanjin, The Iowa Review, Harvard Review and the forthcoming McSweeney’s. In 2011 she attended the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program. During the Stegner Fellowship she plans to complete her third collection, and A Loving, Faithful Animal, a novella about a rural Australian family in the aftermath of the Vietnam War.

















Jackie Thomas-Kennedy received her MFA from Columbia University School of the Arts. Her stories have appeared in Narrative, Glimmer Train, SLICE, StoryQuarterly, Madison Review, and elsewhere. She is a recipient of fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. As a Stegner Fellow, she plans to work on a collection of short stories and a novel.