Stegner Fellowship

Current Stegner Fellows



First 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.


Second 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.



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.




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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.



First  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 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.


Second 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.