Stegner Fellowship

Current Stegner Fellows


First Year:

Graham Barnhart poetry








Graham Barnhart‘s work has appeared in or is forthcoming from The Beloit Poetry Journal, Diagram, The Iowa Review, Prelude, Poetry Northwest, Waxwing and others. He was the recipient of 2015 The Chad Walsh Poetry Prize, The 2016 Jeff Sharlet Memorial Award for Veterans, and received his MFA from The Ohio State University.  

Richie Hofmann poetry










Richie Hofmann is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize and a Ruth Lilly Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation. His poems appear in The New Yorker, Ploughshares, Kenyon Review, and Poetry. His first collection of poems is Second Empire, winner of the Beatrice Hawley Award. A graduate of the University Professors Program at Boston University, he holds an M.F.A. from Johns Hopkins University and is a Ph.D. candidate in English at Emory University, specializing in poetry and opera. 


Courtney Kampa Poetry

Courtney Kampa’s first book, Our Lady of Not Asking Why, was selected by National Book Award winner Mary Szybist for New Issues Press First Book Award. A 2016 Ruth Lilly finalist, her work has appeared in Boston Review, TriQuarterly, The Journal, Missouri Review, The National Poetry Review, New England Review, and elsewhere, and she has received awards and distinctions from publications such as Best New Poets, The Atlantic, Poets & Writers Magazine, and North American Review. In 2014, she won the Rattle Poetry Prize Readers’ Choice Award, as well as Columbia University’s David Craig Austin Memorial Award for Most Outstanding Thesis. She was born and raised in Virginia. Balogh poetry

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Esther Lin was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and lived in the United States as an undocumented immigrant for 21 years. She is the author of The Ghost Wife, winner of the 2018 Poetry Society of America’s Chapbook Fellowship. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Adroit, Copper Nickel, Cortland Review, Crazyhorse, Drunken Boat, the Missouri Review, Vinyl, and elsewhere. She was awarded the Crab Orchard Review’s 2018 Richard Peterson Poetry Prize, and was a recipient of the inaugural Undocupoets fellowship and a Poets House Emerging Poets fellowship.


JP Grasser poetry

J.P. Grasser‘s poetry appears or is forthcoming from 32 Poems, AGNI, Best New Poets 2015, Ecotone, Prairie Schooner, and West Branch Wired, among others. He is currently a doctoral candidate in Literature & Creative Writing at the University of Utah, and serves as Managing Editor of Quarterly West. For more, visit his website at


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.



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.



First Year:

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Jacob Albert grew up in New York and earned his BA at Yale and his MFA from the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas.

Yoon Choi fiction











Yoon Choi was born in Seoul, Korea and grew up in Long Island, New York. She graduated from Johns Hopkins University (BA, MA) and Stanford University (MA). Her work has been published in New England Review and Michigan Quarterly Review, among others. It has also been recognized in contests run by Narrative Magazine and Glimmer Train Press. 




Darrow Farr was born in Philadelphia. She holds a BA in Romance Languages from NYU and an MFA from the Michener Center for Writers. Her short fiction has appeared in Story Quarterly and she is currently at work on a novel.


Michael Sears fiction

Michael Sears was born in Ohio and is a personal trainer in Charlottesville, Virginia, where he earned his MFA. He is the recipient of a 2016 Henfield prize. His work is forthcoming in Narrative.


RoseWhitmore Fiction

Rose Whitmore grew up on the San Francisco peninsula. She graduated from U.C. Berkeley, played rugby for the U.S. National Team, and earned her MFA from the University of New Hampshire. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Colorado Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Iowa Review, Missouri Review, the Sun, Fourth Genre, Mid-American Review, and the California Prose Directory. She is the recipient of a work-study scholarship from the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference, a residency from Hedgebrook, and the 2013 Peden Prize from the Missouri Review.


Second 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.