Stegner Fellows 2021-2023

The Creative Writing Program is pleased to welcome the incoming 2021-2023 Stegner Fellow cohort. Learn a little bit more about them below! 



Austin Araujo is a writer from northwest Arkansas. He received his MFA from Indiana University where he was awarded an Academy of American Poets Prize. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Missouri Review, Shenandoah, Memorious, Four Way Review, and The Rumpus, among others.


Amanda Gunn grew up in southern Connecticut. She is a teacher and doctoral candidate at Harvard where she works on poetry, ephemerality, and Black pleasure. She holds an MFA from the Johns Hopkins Writing Seminars and was the winner of the Auburn Witness Poetry Prize Honoring Jake Adam York. Her work appears in, or is forthcoming from, Poetry magazine, Colorado Review, Poetry Northwest, and The Baffler

Jackson Holbert was born and raised in eastern Washington. His work has appeared in FIELD, The Iowa Review, The Nation, and Poetry. He received an MFA in Poetry from the Michener Center for Writers.

Alison Thumel earned an MFA in poetry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she was awarded the Martha Meier Renk Fellowship. Her chapbook LIFE OF won Salt Hill's Dead Lake Chapbook Contest in 2016. Her work has been published in Ninth Letter, The Rumpus, RHINO, and elsewhere. 

Ajibola Tolase is a Nigerian poet and essayist. He is a graduate of the MFA program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His work has appeared in American Chordata, LitHub, New England Review, Prairie Schooner, and elsewhere.


Yohanca Delgado’s work has appeared in The Paris ReviewStory, A Public Space, The Believer, One Story, and elsewhere. She is a graduate of American University’s MFA program and the Clarion and Voices of Our Nations workshops. She is writing a short story collection and a novel.  

Kyle Edwards is Anishinaabe from the Lake Manitoba First Nation in Manitoba. He earned his journalism degree at Ryerson University. He’s worked for ProPublica and Maclean’s as a reporter, and is currently managing editor at Native News Online, as well as a 2021 Nieman Visiting Fellow at Harvard University. He has won two National Magazine Awards in Canada for his work, and was named Emerging Indigenous Journalist by the Canadian Association of Journalists in 2019. He lives in Palo Alto and is writing his first novel.

Jonathan Escoffery is the author of If I Survive You, a collection of humorous and harrowing linked stories following a Jamaican-American family as they seek stability upon moving to Miami, navigating cultural dislocation, tenuous family ties, and the many, conflicting meanings of Black American identity, forthcoming fall 2022 from MCD/ FSG, as well as the forthcoming novel, Play Stone Kill Bird. He is the winner of the 2020 Plimpton Prize for Fiction, the 2020 ASME Award for Fiction, and a 2020 National Endowment for the Arts Literature fellowship. His writing has appeared in The Paris ReviewAmerican Short Fiction, Electric Literature’s Recommended ReadingZYZZYVAPleiadesAGNIThe Best American Magazine Writing 2020, and elsewhere. He is a Doctoral Fellow in Creative Writing and Literature at the University of Southern California.

Rose Howse is a queer writer from North Carolina and a recent graduate of the MFA program at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she served as fiction editor of The Greensboro Review. Rose’s fiction and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in JoylandThe Carolina Quarterly, Hobart, YES! Magazine, Sonora Review, and elsewhere. She has been awarded fellowships and residencies at the Millay Colony, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, and Monson Arts.

Zachary Willams was born in Wilmington, Delaware. Following a decade spent teaching middle and high school, he earned an MFA in fiction from New York University. He lives with his wife and their two young children and is currently at work on a collection of stories and a novel.