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The Creative Writing Program is pleased to welcome the incoming 2024-2026 Stegner Fellow cohort in poetry and fiction.
Nicholas Jenkins, Associate Professor of English and Co-Director of the Creative Writing Program, celebrates the release of his new book The Island: War and Belonging in Auden's England. A groundbreaking reassessment of W. H. Auden’s early life and poetry, shedding new light on his artistic development as well as on his shifting beliefs about political belonging in interwar England.
We would like to extend our congratulations to Madeleine Cravens, Stegner fellow, and Zach Williams, Jones Lecturer, on their first book releases. Madeleine Cravens has debuted an astonishing collection of poems while Zach Williams debuted a striking story collection.
On Wednesday night, Stegner Fellow in Fiction Nevarez Encinias delivered an evening of movement and description in literary form. A dancer by training, Encinias’s background came through in his writing through his elaborate physical descriptions and seemingly choreographed prose.
Mohr Visiting Poet Arthur Sze shared his work alluding to nature, translation and the human condition at a public reading on Wednesday. The reading, co-sponsored by the creative writing program and the Stanford Humanities Center, was packed with visitors, faculty and students.
On Wednesday evening, audience members initially seemed to pour in gradually to author and essayist Carmen Maria Machado’s Lane Lecture series reading — that is, until suddenly, every seat was taken and the room buzzed with lively conversation.
Attention undergrads: new Creative Writing Peer Advisor position is available!
We are absolutely delighted to share the news that Kirstin Valdez Quade has been awarded a 2024 John S. Guggenheim fellowship.  As the foundation notes about its history, “Guggenheim Fellowships are intended for mid-career individuals who have demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts and exhibit great promise for their future endeavors,” all of which Kirstin Valdez Quade has achieved with her body of work.
Submit the Course Preference Form to be considered for enrollment into Spring 2024 Creative Writing courses.