2022-2024 Stegner Fellows

The Creative Writing Program is pleased to welcome the incoming 2022-2024 Stegner Fellow cohort in poetry and fiction.



Jade Cho

Jade Cho is from Oakland, California. She is the author of In the Tongue of Ghosts and her poetry has appeared in Apogee, BOAAT, The Offing, and elsewhere. She holds degrees from UC Berkeley (BA Ethnic Studies), where she studied and taught in Poetry for the People, and Arizona State University (MFA Creative Writing), where she served as a June Jordan Teaching Fellow. She began writing in Bay Area youth and collegiate slam poetry spaces, placing top ten in the nation with her teammates at Brave New Voices and College Unions Poetry Slam. The granddaughter of Hoisanese 台山人 immigrants, she is working on a project tracing memory, grief, and desire through the archive of Chinese Exclusion and the Chinese Confession Program.





Madeleine Cravens

Madeleine Cravens is from Brooklyn. She received her MFA from Columbia University, where she was awarded the Max Ritvo Poetry Fellowship. She was the first place winner of Narrative Magazine’s 2021 Poetry Contest and 2020 30 Below Contest, a semifinalist for the 2021 92Y Discovery Prize, and finalist for the 2022 James Hearst Poetry Prize.








Jalen Eutsey

Jalen Eutsey is a poet and freelance writer from Miami, Florida. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Hopkins Review, Poetry Northwest, Nashville Review, and elsewhere. He received an MFA in Poetry from The Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University.









Christell Victoria Roach

Christell Victoria Roach is a writer born and raised in Miami, Florida. She earned her MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Miami after graduating from Emory University with a BA in Creative Writing & African American Studies. She writes the Blues of the Southern Tropics. Christell places her poetry in conversation with Black artists and scholars when she describes her writing as “critically fabulist wake-work rooted in the demonic—” after Saidiya Hartman, Christina Sharpe, and Katherine McKittrick respectively. This means her work places value in emotional truth, erotic freedom, and the spiritual reclamation of personal and shared histories. Christell is a poet and playwright, but she sees research as comprehensive storytelling. Her recent work has been published by the Academy of American Poets, POETRY Magazine, Obsidian Literary Journal, Scalawag Magazine, The Miami Rail, and SWIMM Magazine. She is currently working on her first book of poetry entitled, “Bluesing."



D.S. Waldman

D.S. Waldman earned his MFA from San Diego State University, where he was a Marsh-Rebelo scholar. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in such publications as Kenyon Review, Narrative, Georgia Review, Gulf Coast, and Missouri Review. Waldman has received support and awards from Middlebury College, San Diego State University, Claremont Graduate University, and Georgia Review.









Francisco González

Francisco González’s fiction appears in Arts & Letters, Gulf Coast, The Southern Review, ZYZZYVA, The Best Short Stories 2022:The O. Henry Prize Winners, and elsewhere. He holds an MFA from Columbia University.









Ashley Hand

Ashley Hand is a service academy graduate and former military officer who spent her career deploying around the world in various armed conflicts. She left active duty in 2018 to pursue an MFA at Cornell University. Her work has appeared in Ploughshares, The Iowa Review, Five Points, and many other magazines.








Faith Merino

Faith Merino is the author of the novel CORMORANT LAKE, which was longlisted for The Center For Fiction's 2021 First Novel Award. She holds an MFA from UC Davis, and her short stories have appeared in The Indiana Review, Harpur Palate, The Carolina Quarterly, and more, in addition to inclusion among The Best American Short Stories distinguished stories. She is currently at work on a second novel as well as a short story collection.







Rabia Saeed

Rabia Saeed is from Kohat, Pakistan and a Stegner Fellow in Fiction at Stanford University. She was a finalist for the Editorʼs Prize in Prose for Meridian, the winner of the 2020 Harvey Swados Fiction Prize, and the 2021 James W. Foley Award. Until recently, she taught Creative Writing at University of Massachusetts, Amherst.








Jemimah Wei

Jemimah Wei is a writer and host based in Singapore and New York. She is a 2022-24 Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, a 2022 Standiford Fiction Fellow, a 2020 De Alba Fellow at Columbia University, and a Francine Ringold Award for New Writers Honouree. Her work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, recognized by the Best of the Net Anthologies, received support from Singapore’s National Arts Council, and appeared in Narrative, Nimrod, and CRAFT Literary, amongst others. Presently a columnist for No Contact magazine and submissions editor for SmokeLong Quarterly, Jemimah is at work on a novel and three story collections.