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Stanford Report, May 15, 2002

Braving fierce competition, 10 new Stegner Fellows selected

Five poets and five fiction writers have been selected as the 2002 Stegner Fellows from a field of close to 1,200 applicants from 26 countries.

The two-year program covers tuition costs for the fellows and provides them with a $22,000-per-year living stipend. The program is named after Wallace Stegner, who founded the Creative Writing Program at Stanford in 1946.

The new fellows in poetry are:

  • Geoffrey Brock, an assistant visiting professor at the University of Texas-Dallas. He holds a doctorate in comparative literature from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing from the University of Florida. His work has been published in journals such as Poetry and Paris Review. A book of his translations of poems by Cesare Pavese is scheduled to be published this year.

  • Robin Ekiss, who holds a bachelor's degree in English from Wesleyan University and a master's in English, with a creative-writing emphasis, from the University of California-Davis. A former managing editor of ZYZZYVA, she lives and works in San Francisco. She plans to complete a collection of poetry while at Stanford.
  • Monica Ferrell, who holds a bachelor's degree from Harvard and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Columbia. She lives in New York City and has had work published in The Nation, The Paris Review, The Boston Review and other literary journals.

  • John Lundberg, who lives in Charlottesville, Va. He holds degrees from the College of William and Mary and Florida State University. He currently is working toward a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Virginia. His work has been published in Poetry, Quarterly West, Sycamore Review and other literary journals.

  • David Roderick, who holds a bachelor's degree from Colby College and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. His poetry and critical essays have appeared in more than two dozen literary journals. He currently lives in Baltimore, where he is the Reginald S. Tickner Writing Fellow at the Gilman School.

The new fellows in fiction are:

  • Andrew Altschul, who holds degrees from Brown University and the University of California-Irvine. He has taught at several universities and currently lives in Albany, N.Y. He hopes to publish his first novel while a Stegner Fellow.

  • Kaui Hemmings, who lives in Denver and holds a degree from Colorado College. She is completing work on a Master of Fine Arts degree from Sarah Lawrence College. As a Stegner Fellow, she plans to finish a collection of stories that take place in Hawaii.
  • Eric Puchner, who teaches at San Francisco State University and runs a nonprofit training program for low-income immigrants. He has degrees from Middlebury College and the University of Arizona-Tucson. He plans to complete his first book of short stories while a Stegner Fellow.

  • Stephanie Reents, who holds degrees from Amherst College and Oxford University. She is a former newspaper reporter and has worked in New York City on public education reform. She earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Arizona-Tucson, where she currently teaches.

  • Malena Watrous, who holds degrees from Barnard College and is now completing work on a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop. Her work has been published in the Alaska Quarterly Review, Kyoto Journal, Lingua Franca and Salon. She lives in Iowa City, Iowa.

For information about Stanford's Creative Writing Program or the Stegner Fellowships, visit www.stanford.edu/dept/english/cw/index.html.