Stegner program selects 2006 fellows

Five fiction writers and five poets have been named 2006 Stegner Fellows. More than 1,400 writers applied for the 10 two-year fellowships, which will begin in the fall.

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

The new fellows in fiction:

Molly Antopol-Johnson, who lives in Brooklyn, N.Y., has a Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing from Columbia University and is the winner of the Berg Prize for Jewish Fiction. While at Stanford, she plans to complete a collection of short stories set in the Middle East, Eastern Europe and the United States.

Bruce "Skip" Horack, a resident of Baton Rouge, La., holds a bachelor's degree in English/creative writing and a law degree from Florida State University. He plans to work on a collection of short stories.

Stacey Swann, who currently resides in Austin, Texas, has a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing (fiction) from Texas State University in San Marcos. She will begin work on a historical novel about a Texas Ranger.

Joshua Tyree, a resident of Brooklyn, N.Y., holds a bachelor's degree from Middlebury College in English literature and bachelor's and master's degrees in philosophy from Trinity College, University of Cambridge. An established nonfiction writer, Tyree will use his fellowship to work on a novel.

Abigail Ulman, who lives in Melbourne, Australia, holds a Bachelor of Creative Arts degree and a postgraduate diploma in creative writing from the University of Melbourne. She is interested in exploring the development of the identity and sexuality of young women in a contemporary world in her fiction, and will work on a short story collection based around that idea.

The new fellows in poetry:

Kirsten Anderson, who resides in New York City, has a Master of Fine Arts from New York University and holds bachelor's degrees in English and Spanish from Emory University. She will work on her first book-length poetry manuscript while at Stanford.

Andrew Grace, who currently lives in Tucson, Ariz., holds a Master of Fine Arts in poetry from Washington University in St. Louis and received a bachelor's degree in English from Kenyon College. He is working on a book of poems called Shadeland, the title of which is taken from the farm in Illinois where he was raised.

Jill McDonough is from Massachusetts but currently lives in New York. She received a master's degree from Boston University in creative writing and poetry and a bachelor's degree in English and feminist studies from Stanford University. She plans to complete a book of poems that draw on primary sources from American history.

Michael McGriff, from Coos Bay, Ore., currently is completing a Master of Fine Arts in poetry and fiction at the James Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas at Austin. He will be working on two manuscripts at Stanford. One is about his post-industrial hometown and the other is about the blue-collar struggles of people in an Oregon town with a failing timber business.

Alexandra Teague, who lives in San Francisco, holds a Master of Fine Arts in poetry from the University of Florida and a bachelor's degree in English from Southwest Missouri State. She plans to work on a manuscript called Accidents of Place, which is about the impact of places on those that live in them and travel through them.