2007-08 Stegner Fellows announced
Five poets and five fiction writers have been selected as the 2007-08 Stegner Fellows from a pool of more than 1,400 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 internationally.
Following are the new fellows in fiction:
Sarah Frisch of Brooklyn, N.Y., holds a bachelor's degree in history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an MFA in fiction writing from Washington University in St. Louis. She is working on a novel and hopes to complete it at Stanford.
James Gavin is from Los Angeles. He holds a bachelor's degree in English from Loyola Marymount University and plans to finish a novel and a collection of stories during the fellowship.
Vanessa Hutchinson has a bachelor's degree in economics from Wesleyan University, an MBA from Stanford and an MFA in fiction from the Iowa Writers Workshop at the University of Iowa. Hutchinson's goal as a Stegner Fellow is to complete a novel already in progress. She also is from Brooklyn.
Justin St. Germain is a resident of Tucson, Ariz. Both his bachelor's degree in English and MFA in fiction are from the University of Arizona. He wants to publish a novel while at Stanford and eventually teach writing as a career.
Stephanie Soileau of Lake Charles, La., holds a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Chicago and an MFA in fiction writing from the University of Iowa. She currently lives in Chicago and plans to finish a novel during the fellowship.
Following are the new fellows in poetry:
James Arthur of Toronto, Canada, holds an MFA from the University of Washington. After a year of travel on the Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Scholarship, Arthur plans to use his time at Stanford to turn his travel sketches into a manuscript. He has been published in The New Yorker, The New Republic and Antioch Review.
Elizabeth Bradfield, a resident of Anchorage, Alaska, holds bachelor's degrees in English literature and women's studies from the University of Washington. She also has an MFA in creative writing from the University of Alaska-Anchorage. She has been published in the Alaska Quarterly Review, Poetry Northwest and The Atlantic Monthly.
Sean Hill, a resident of Bemidji, Minn., has a master's degree in English from the University of Georgia and an MFA in poetry from the University of Houston. During his fellowship, Hill plans to complete a manuscript of poems and work on a new manuscript. His poems have appeared in Ploughshares, Crab Orchard Review and Indiana Review.
Laura McKee is a native of Kingsport, Tenn., who currently lives in the Netherlands. She attended the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga and earned an MFA from the University of Maryland. As a Stegner Fellow, McKee plans to complete a manuscript of poems that evolved from her master's thesis and from her experiences living abroad in France and the Netherlands.
Joshua Rivkin, a resident of Washington, D.C., holds a bachelor's degree in English from Colgate University and an MFA in creative writing from the University of Houston. He currently is working on a book-length collection of poems he would like to complete at Stanford.
Stegner Fellows are regarded as working artists, and they meet weekly in workshop with faculty. There are no curricular requirements other than workshop attendance, and the program offers no degree. For information about the program, visit http://www.stanford.edu/dept/english/cw/.