Writers awarded Stegner Fellowships

Five poets and five fiction writers have been awarded the Stanford Creative Writing Program's Wallace Stegner Fellowships. They were selected from 1,438 applicants from the United States and 15 other countries.

The two-year fellowship program, named after novelist and Creative Writing Program founder Wallace Stegner, covers tuition and health insurance and provides each of the fellows with a $26,000-per-year stipend. This year's crop of fellows will start at Stanford in the autumn.

The new fellows in fiction:

William Boast will work on two book-length manuscripts during his fellowship. The English-born writer currently lives in Madison, Wis. He earned his MFA in creative writing at the University of Virginia in 2007.

Harriet Clark earned a bachelor's degree from Stanford and an MFA from the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop. Clark, who is working on a novel, lives in New York City.

Robert Ehle lives in San Francisco and has a master's degree from San Francisco State University. He has published many short stories and would like to use his time as a Stegner Fellow to finish a novel.

Ammi Keller grew up in suburban New York. She earned a bachelor's degree in writing and literature at New York University. She was living in New Orleans at the time of Hurricane Katrina. Her subsequent travels around the United States influenced her writing. She would like to finish a collection of stories as a Stegner Fellow.

Jasmyn Ward earned her bachelor's degree in English from Stanford in 1999 and an MFA in fiction from the University of Michigan in 2005. She writes about the community and people she encountered during her childhood in the South. Ward plans to use the fellowship to complete her second novel.

The new fellows in poetry:

John Evans was a Peace Corps volunteer in Bangladesh, a Fulbright Hays Fellow in India and a teacher in Romania. Many of his poems reflect his extensive travel. He has a bachelor's degree from Northwestern and an MFA in poetry from Florida International University. He is working on a collection of poems.

Chanda Feldman, a native of Knoxville, Tenn., now lives in San Francisco. She writes poems that explore the personal narratives and culture of the African Americans who migrated to the West following the Civil War. She has an MFA from Cornell University in poetry. She plans to use her fellowship to complete her first book.

Jennifer Foerster earned a bachelor's degree in creative writing from the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe and an MFA from Vermont College of the Union Institute last year. She is writing a series of linked prose poems exploring the ideas of boundary, continent, containment and freedom related to the "imagination of America."

Dina Hardy earned an MFA from the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop. She has a bachelor's degree in film, video and animation production from the Pratt Art Institute. As a Stegner Fellow, Hardy would like to complete three writing projects she has started.

Peter Kline earned his MFA in poetry writing from the University of Virginia and lives in Charlottesville, Va. His poetry reflects on his family background and his travels in Turkey.