Five poets and five fiction writers have been selected as the 2003 Stegner Fellows from a pool of roughly 1,300 applicants.
The two-year fellowship program, named after acclaimed novelist and Creative Writing Program founder Wallace Stegner, covers tuition and provides each of the fellows with a $22,000-per-year stipend. Applications for the fellowships came from across the United States and 21 other countries.
The new fellows in fiction will be:
Valerie Brelinski, a resident of Charlottesville, Va. She attended Northwest Nazarene University and earned an MFA in 2002 from the University of Virginia. Her fiction has been published in The English Journal and Boise Weekly, among other journals. At Stanford, she plans to work on a novel and on a series of stories about the "particular delights and complicated terrors associated with the world of school/education."
Scott Hutchins, a resident of Ann Arbor, Mich. He attended the University of Arkansas and earned an MFA from the University of Michigan, where he currently teaches writing. At Stanford, he plans to polish the draft of a novel set in southern Arkansas in the late eighties and to begin a series of novellas.
Chelsea Johnson, a resident of Brooklyn, N.Y. She attended Oberlin College and earned an MFA in 2002 from the University of Iowa. Her fiction has been published in a number of journals, including Ploughshares. At Stanford, she plans to complete a collection of stories set in rural Northern Minnesota.
Glori Simmons, a resident of San Francisco. She attended the University of Washington and earned an MFA from the University of Michigan. Her book of poems, Graft (2001), was published by Truman State University Press. At Stanford, she plans to finish her first novel.
Lachlan Smith, a resident of Newfield, N.Y. He attended Stanford, where he earned bachelor's and master's degrees. Now he is completing an MFA at Cornell University. Once back on the Farm, he plans to complete a novel and a collection of short stories.
The new fellows in poetry will be:
Amaud Jamaul Johnson, a resident of Madison, Wis. He attended Howard University and Cornell University. He currently teaches creative writing at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and his poetry has been published in the Cave Canem Anthology. At Stanford, he plans to complete a manuscript of poetry on lynch mobs in America.
Shara Lessley, a resident of Arlington, Va. She attended the University of California-Irvine and is now completing an MFA at the University of Maryland. Her poems are forthcoming in Pleiades, Crab Orchard Review and Clackamas Literary Review. At Stanford, she hopes to complete a book-length collection of poetry.
Emily Rosko, a resident of Ithaca, N.Y. She attended Purdue University and is now completing an MFA at Cornell University. Her poetry has been published in several journals, including Quarterly West, Cimarron Review and Phoebe. At Stanford, she plans to work on her first book of poetry.
Bruce Snider, a resident of Austin, Texas. He attended Indiana University and earned an MFA from the James A. Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas-Austin. His poems have appeared in Prairie Schooner and Mid-American Review, among other journals. At Stanford, he plans to work on a series of interconnected poems in heroic couplets and to explore new turns his work has taken.
Brian Spears, a resident of Fayetteville, Ark. He attended Southeastern Louisiana University and the University of Arkansas. He is currently working on a series of poems about the experiences of a young man in a fundamentalist church who wants to rebel but is too afraid of the consequences. At Stanford, he plans to complete the manuscript.
For information about the Stegner Fellowship Program, visit the web at www.stanford.edu/dept/english/cw.
Stanford Report, April 16, 2003