The Creative Writing Program is pleased to welcome the incoming 2020-2022 Stegner Fellow cohort. Learn a little bit more about them below!
Aria Aber is the author of Hard Damage (University of Nebraska Press, 2019), winner of the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The New Yorker, New Republic, Poetry, the Kenyon Review, and elsewhere. She's been awarded fellowships and prizes from NYU, Kundiman, and the Wisconsin Institute of Creative Writing.
Shangyang Fang grew up in Chengdu, China, and composes poems both in English and Chinese. After completing his degree in civil engineering at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, he became a poetry fellow at Michener Center for Writers. A recipient of the Joy Harjo Poetry Award and Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Prize, his debut collection of poems is forthcoming from Copper Canyon Press. His name, Shangyang, originating from Chinese mythology, was a one-legged bird whose dance brought forth flood and rain.
Callie Siskel is the author of Arctic Revival, selected by Elizabeth Alexander for a 2014 Poetry Society of America Chapbook Fellowship. She has received fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and her poems have appeared in Ploughshares, A Public Space,and The Yale Review.A graduate of the Johns Hopkins Writing Seminars, she is a Dornsife Doctoral Fellow in Creative Writing and Literature at the University of Southern California, and a poetry editor at the Los Angeles Review of Books.
Paul Tran is the recipient of the Ruth Lilly & Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation and the Discovery/Boston Review Poetry Prize. Their poems appear in The New Yorker, Poetry Magazine, Good Morning America, and elsewhere, including the Lionsgate movie Love Beats Rhymes with Azealia Banks, Common, and Jill Scott. Paul is the first Asian American since 1993 to win the Nuyorican Poets Cafe Grand Slam, placing top 10 at the Individual World Poetry Slam and top 2 at the National Poetry Slam. They earned their M.F.A. in poetry from Washington University in St. Louis, where they were the Chancellor's Graduate Fellow and the Senior Poetry Fellow in The Writing Program. Paul is Poetry Editor at The Offing Magazine, which won a Whiting Literary Magazine Award from the Whiting Foundation.
Keith S. Wilson is an Affrilachian Poet and Cave Canem fellow. He is a recipient of an NEA fellowship as well as fellowships/grants from Bread Loaf, Kenyon College, Tin House, MacDowell, Vermont Studio Center, UCross, and Millay Colony, among others. His first book, Fieldnotes on Ordinary Love, was published by Copper Canyon in 2019.
Georgina Beaty’s fiction has been published in The Walrus, New England Review, The Puritan and The Fiddlehead, and her collection of short stories, The Party is Here, is forthcoming from Freehand Books. She holds an MFA from the University of British Columbia, and has worked across Canada as an actor and playwright. She grew up in the Rockies and currently lives in Tkaronto/Toronto.
Nicole Caplain Kelly arrives at Stanford having newly completed the MFA Writing program at Columbia University, where she was nominated for the Henfield Prize. She made her professional start at Jazz at Lincoln Center, resided in England for several years, and is at work on her first novel.
Evgeniya Dame grew up in Samara, Russia. She holds an MFA in Writing from the University of New Hampshire, which she attended on a Fulbright Scholarship. Her writing also received support from the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance and the Monson Arts Residency. Her fiction appears or is forthcoming in Ploughshares, The Southern Review, and Joyland, and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Her non-fiction and interviews have appeared in Electric Literature and New England Reviewonline.
Asiya Gaildon was born in Hadaaftimo, Somalia. She holds an MFA from NYU, where she was a Goldwater Fellow. She is completing a novel.
Jamil Jan Kochai is the author of the debut novel 99 Nights in Logar, which has been shortlisted for the Pen/Hemingway Award for Debut Novel and the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature. He was born in an Afghan refugee camp in Peshawar, Pakistan, but he originally hails from Logar, Afghanistan. He was a Truman Capote Fellow at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where he was awarded the Henfield Prize for Fiction. His fiction has been published, or is forthcoming, in The New Yorker, Ploughshares, The O. Henry Prize Stories 2018, A Public Space, and The Sewanee Review. His essays have been published at The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times. He currently resides in West Sacramento, California.