2005 Wallace Stegner Fellows named

Five poets and five fiction writers have been selected as the 2005 Wallace Stegner Fellows at Stanford University from a pool of approximately 1,400 applicants, from 41 of the United States and 20 foreign countries.

"The standard was sky-high and these are wonderful young writers," said Eavan Boland, the Melvin and Bill Lane Professor for Director of Creative Writing. Members of the fiction and poetry faculty in creative writing in the Department of English choose the fellows, who will arrive on campus in September. The fellows "come to Stanford to continue to grow and further their craft. Working with them as they do so is a real privilege for us all and, we feel, enriches the wider university," Boland said.

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 an annual stipend of $22,000.

New Stegner Fellows in poetry

Keith Ekiss holds degrees from the University of Arizona and has been working as a technical writer for a high-tech company in San Francisco. Working to deepen the scope of his poems and broaden his understanding of place, he will use his Stegner Fellowship to finish a manuscript of poems on the American Southwest.

Maria Hummel, who lives and works in Los Angeles, holds degrees from the University of Vermont and the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. She will work on a poetry collection, God Machine.

Matthew W. Miller lives in Lowell, Mass. His degrees are from Emerson College and Yale University. He plans to complete an extended narrative poem and other works in progress while at Stanford.

Alison Stine lives in Gettysburg, Pa. Stine holds degrees from Denison University and the University of Maryland. She will work on her manuscript of poetry, Dream Anatomy, and explore new directions in her poetry.

John Struloeff lives in Lincoln, Neb., where he is completing a doctorate in English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He also holds a degree from Oregon State University. While at Stanford, he plans to finish a collection of poems titled The Man I Was Supposed to Be, a reflection on the culture and place where he grew up.

New Stegner Fellows in fiction

Rusty Dolleman is from Boise, Idaho, and holds degrees from Middlebury College and the University of New Hampshire. He will use his Stegner Fellowship to complete a collection of short stories and to work on a novel.

Sharon May lives in Paradise, Calif., and holds degrees from the University of California-Santa Cruz and California State University-Chico. She plans to complete a book of interconnected short stories about Cambodia and issues of war, memory and multicultural identity.

Rita Mae Reese of Madison, Wis., holds degrees from Florida State University and the University of Wisconsin. Reese will work on a novel about a woman doing fieldwork for a regional dictionary in Appalachia.

Suzanne Rivecca lives in Minneapolis and holds degrees from Grand Valley State University and the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. She plans to complete a collection of short stories portraying teenage girls "with inner resources and a sense of their own evolving personhood."

Shimon Tanaka is a fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Mass., and holds degrees from Geneva College, SUNY-Buffalo and the University of Oregon. He plans to complete a collection of short stories, mostly set in Japan.