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:


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.



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.