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We are honored to have hosted the following writers through our Residency program.

2024 Residents

Anthony Hudson

Anthony Hudson is a Grand Ronde and Siletz artist and writer also known as Portland's premier drag clown Carla Rossi. Anthony's performance work, from his award-winning solo show Looking for Tiger Lily to Queer Horror at the Hollywood Theatre, have earned him national fellowships, international engagements, and sainthood from the Portland Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. A 2023 FSG Writer’s Fellowship finalist, Anthony’s writing has appeared in American Theatre and Arts and International Affairs, and he is currently adapting Looking for Tiger Lily into a book. Project Description: An adaptation of Anthony Hudson's theatrical solo show of the same name, Looking for Tiger Lily recounts a Grand Ronde and Siletz artist's childhood spent watching redface in Peter Pan. Asking what it means for a queer, mixed Native kid to grow up seeing white people play "Indians," first on a VHS tape of a 1960 musical production and later in American pop culture at large via Disney’s Pocahontas, Cher’s Half-Breed, and Lana Del Rey’s war bonnet, Anthony eventually finds true representation through the legacy of his ancestors and becomes Portland's premier drag clown.

Coby-Dillon English

Coby-Dillon English Coby-Dillon English (they/them) is a writer from the Great Lakes. A member of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, they currently are an MFA fiction candidate and Henry Hoyns Fellow at the University of Virginia, where they teach writing and serve as the editor-in-chief and nonfiction editor for Meridian. They were a 2023 Tin House Scholar and a 2021 Periplus Collective Fellow. Their writing has received two Pushcart Prize nominations, a Best of the Net nomination, and PEN/Dau Prize nomination for best debut short story and can be found or is forthcoming in Cream City Review, Yellow Medicine Review, Salt Hill Journal, and others. Project Description:Counting Geese & Other Insomnias follows a family of disordered sleepers, from their creation to their dissolution, and beyond. This fragmentary novel-in-stories focuses on this family of not-sleepers, while also expanding to include a cast of characters and environments that disrupt the complex sensorial world that exists for the exhausted. A story of Indigenous displacement and ancestral hauntings, with considerations of how land and place influence our lifeworld, Counting Geese & Other Insomnias examines how people connect, with others, with themselves, with their environments, through exhaustion.

Njelle “Njara” Hamilton

Njelle “Njara” Hamilton is a Jamaican singer, songwriter, storyteller, and scholar. She is the author of Phonographic Memories: Popular Music and the Contemporary Caribbean Novel and numerous essays on contemporary Caribbean literary and cultural studies. A 2023 Oxbelly Writers’ Retreat Fellow in Fiction, Njara is pursuing an MFA in Writing at Pacific University. Her short fiction has appeared in Centripetal and Pree Caribbean. She is currently working on a memoir about her Jamaican girlhood, a nonfiction book about Caribbean time travel novels, and a novel tentatively titled “Everything Irie.” Project Description: The summer after graduation, Irie (21) and Iowa (17), from rivaling factions of a prominent Jamaican family, are packing to follow in Auntie Rissa’s footsteps. While Rissa escaped their stifling, dead-end rural town and became an international pop star, her twin, Mari, became a byword, a warning of failed womanhood. But Rissa’s surprise visit and a looming hurricane cause the cousins to question the family narratives that pit Indian against African, and sister against sister. Can Irie and Iowa avoid the traps of the previous generations—losing their voice, betraying fragile but vital sisterhoods? In this novel about the power of storytelling, I&I must see past their inherited prejudices to tell a new story, not one-sided gossip, but a collaborative version that might heal the breach between the two halves of the House of Maragh. Because as they discover, stories can either kill or cure.

Kat Boyd

Kat Boyd is fortunate to have been immersed in words from her earliest days when at three years old she cried to go to school to learn to read and write. She has been a marketing copywriter and creative director in Hoillywood for years and was the head writer for a soap opera website. She's strangely proud for the world to know she was a prolific blog writer for the Bratz dolls. She won the F(r)iction Magazine literary competition and was long-listed for the Voyages YA Summer Prose competition. She was thrilled to receive a We Need Diverse Books grant for writing for youth. She was a Top Ten Finalist in the Launch Pad Prose competition and has completed recent fellowships and workshops with Grub Street, Kimbilio Fiction, Roots.Wounds.Words and Tin House. She is proud to have been awarded a Tin House First Novel Residency for 2024. Project Description: Kat will be working on What We Build When We Fall, a multi-generational novel about a Black family living with a curse that has gifted them a legacy of financial and business success but in order to enjoy it, they must sacrifice a son from every generation to a sea demon. The contemporary sacrifice is thwarted when the son at the heart of the story transitions, jeopardizing the legacy and the family’s fate. The novel is a mix of magical realism, history and the generational trauma that can pass through a family and result in debts we must pay to our ancestors to secure our futures.

Koye Oyedeji

Koye Oyedeji is a fiction and non-fiction creative based in Washington D.C. His work is often centered around the black diaspora. His writings have appeared in a number of publications including Ploughshares, Virginia Quarterly Review, AGNI, Wasafiri Magazine, The Believer and elsewhere. His past fiction fellowships include the Callaloo Writer's Workshop and VONA writing workshop, a Tennessee Williams Scholarship at the Sewanee Writers Conference and a Work Study Scholarship at the 2016 Bread Loaf Writers Conference. He has taught at American University and the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, where he helped revamp the creative writing program. He is currently working on a composite novel and a novel. Project Description: Koye will be working on a composite novel, which features a transatlantic kaleidoscope of characters from Lagos, London and Washington DC. Their worlds collide when Emmanuel, a young Nigerian-American boy, encounters an older African-American Ifa practitioner. The encounter marks the beginning of a voyage of creative discovery which, in the years to come, places the Alukos — a UK family of four who all these years later are still coming to terms with the death of their youngest member — squarely in Emmanuel's sight. It's a death which he believes has power, history, magic and collective memory.

Rasha Abdulhadi

Rasha Abdulhadi (they/them) is a queer Palestinian Southerner disabled by Long Covid. Their writing has appeared in FIYAH, Kweli, carte blanche, Anathema Spec, Shade Journal, Mizna, Strange Horizons, and is anthologized in Mid/South Sonnets, Essential Voices: A COVID-19 Anthology, Snaring New Suns, Unfettered Hexes, Halal if You Hear Me, and Luminescent Threads: Connections to Octavia Butler. A poet, fiber artist, speculative fiction writer and editor, Rasha is a member of Muslims for Just Futures, the Radius of Arab American Writers, and Alternate ROOTS. Their recent chapbook is who is owed springtime. Project Description: Rasha will be researching, writing, and revising their first full-length book of poetry, focusing on a series of counter-monument pieces written against major documents in Palestinian narrative--both historical and contemporary, fiction and fact. Their work uses hybrid, found, borrowed, speculative genre, and invented forms to write against, interrupt, occupy, and speak between the lines of official accounts to tell untold, unimagined, and intentionally suppressed stories and to address and accompany unnamed and unattended grief, personal and communal.

Tanisha Tekriwal

Tanisha Tekriwal (any pronouns) is a writer and filmmaker currently based in Ahmedabad, India. They are a graduate of Northwestern University, where their manuscript about a grieving translator in self-exile — “AUR”— won Best Undergraduate Thesis in Creative Writing. She is currently expanding the work into a novel. Tanisha is interested in stories about family, gender, class, and empire, and has won multiple grants to support their research and filmmaking. Project Description: “AUR” follows a PhD student trying to finish her translation thesis on a lesbian Hindi poet while grieving her late sister. The tension of the story resides in Jai striving for accuracy in translation and for accuracy in her memories of childhood. While her work provides some solace, it also increasingly drives her to madness. In fact, Jai believes that an impossible baby is growing inside her: her sister’s baby, or perhaps her sister herself.

Vera Blossom

Vera  Blossom is a proud Filipina and transfemme monster. She was born in the  Bay Area, forged in Las Vegas and currently lives in Chicago. Her work explores desire, pleasure, gender, and death with explicit vulgarity and frank humor. She writes the steamy confessional newsletter, HOW TO FUCK  LIKE A GIRL, and is set to debut with a forthcoming memoir of the same name. She is the co-founder of SNACK REPORT, a food blog focused on rituals, feelings, and friendship. She is very serious about playing around. Project Description: Vera will be finalizing revisions on her debut memoir, HOW TO FUCK LIKE A GIRL, and begin work on her next project about transhumanism and sex machines.

Zack Lesmeister

Zack Lesmeister is a poet, performer, playwright, and filmmaker from St. Louis, Missouri. They are an Associate Editor for Hayden’s Ferry Review. Zack's writing has been supported by Lambda Literary and OMAI First Wave. Their writing is published or forthcoming in The Missouri Review, Foglifter, The Offing, The Margins, Nimrod International, and elsewhere. Zack has written and performed for venues including The Lincoln Center, Washington University in St. Louis, Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Maui Arts Cultural Center, Brave New Voices, The Theatre Communications Group National Conference, and elsewhere. Their debut film was published by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center. For more: zacklesmeister.com Project Description: Zack will be working on their debut poetry collection exploring the complicated natures of negotiation, kink, sex, and its borders. The collection of poems seeks to explore these histories honestly, writing through confusion, blurred lines, pain, pleasure, and joy.

Zahir Janmohamed

Zahir Janmohamed is a visiting assistant professor of English at Bowdoin college. He received his MFA in fiction at the University of Michigan where he received awards in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and playwriting. In 2019, the podcast he co-founded in Portland, Oregon about food, race, gender, and class called Racist Sandwich was nominated for a James Beard Award. He has written articles and essays for The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, The Nation, The Guardian, and many other publications. Project Description: "In 2002, I received a fellowship from the American India Foundation to work with an NGO in India’s western state of Gujarat. Twelve days after I arrived, a train carrying Hindus was attacked, sparking the deadliest anti-Muslim violence India has experienced since Partition. On the first day of the pogrom, Hindu mobs walked on my street looking for Muslims—Muslims like me—to kill. The Permitted Hours is a memoir of that violence and a reported account of its aftermath. It seeks to explore what it means to be Indian at a time when more and more Indians do not regard me as Indian because of my faith."

2024 Finalists
2023 Residents

Camille Acker

Camille Acker is the author of the critically acclaimed short story collection Training School for Negro Girls. She grew up in Washington, D.C., and holds a B.A. in English from Howard University and an M.F.A in Creative Writing from New Mexico State University. Her writing has received support from the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, Voices of Our Nations Arts, and the Millay Colony for the Arts and has appeared n The New York Times Book Review, Publishers Weekly, and Electric Literature, among other publications. In 2020, she was a recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship and in 2022, she was named a Fellow by the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage. She lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Project Description:  A Very Special Episode is about a young Black socialite and president of an elite philanthropical organization who is on the brink of realizing her professional dreams until she discovers a strange and secret housing facility tailored to a very specific vision of the past—the set of her favorite 1990s sitcom.

Sarah Ghazal Ali

Sarah Ghazal Ali is the author of THEOPHANIES (Alice James Books 2024), selected as the Editors' Choice for the 2022 Alice James Award. A Djanikian Scholar and winner of the Sewanee Review Poetry Prize, her poems appear in Poetry, American Poetry Review, Pleiades, The Yale Review, Guernica, and elsewhere. A former Stadler Fellow at Bucknell University, Sarah is the editor for Palette Poetry and poetry editor for West Branch. She holds an MFA in poetry from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and lives in the Bay Area, California. Sarah will be working on her second poetry collection, which examines art and iconoclasm, religious iconography, and the name versus the image of God, all situated under and through the relentless gaze of the surveillance state.

Jada Renée Allen

Jada Renée Allen is a writer, educator, and conjure woman from Chicago, Illinois. A 2022 92Y Discovery Poetry Contest winner, she has received fellowships, scholarships, and support from Tin House, the Kenyon Review Writers Workshop, Community of Writers, and VONA, among others. Her work either appears or is forthcoming in the Academy of American Poets’ “Poem-a-Day,” Hayden’s Ferry Review, Paris Review Daily, Virginia Quarterly Review, Wildness, and elsewhere. She has received grants from the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture and the Arizona Commission on the Arts. Currently, she lives upon U.S.-occupied O’odham Jewed, Akimel O’odham, and Hohokam lands. Discussing topics of gender, sexuality, childhood, home & the spirit, Moyo (from the Kikongo meaning ‘womb’) is a curative cry against the backdrop of transmisogynoir. Moyo seeks to reframe cycles of birth, death, & rebirth from a Black trans lens (which is to say an ancestral one).

Manuel Aragon

Manuel Aragon is a Latinx writer, director, and filmmaker from Denver, CO. His work has appeared in ANMLY. His short story, "A Violent Noise," was nominated for the 2020 PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers. He is a 2021 Periplus Collective Fellow. He is currently working on a short story collection, NorteñasNorteñas is a collection of speculative fiction short stories centered in the Northside, a Mexican and Mexican- American centered part of Denver, and the people, ghosts, and demons that live there.

Sloan Asakura

Sloan Asakura (she/he/they) is a poet and memoirist from Los Angeles. Their work can be found in magazines such as Rogue Agent, The Lantern Review, Joyland, and Zone 3. They're a '22 Periplus Collective Fellow and editor for Mawth Magazine. In their free-time, they can be found talking to trees, making elaborate coffee drinks, and investing in yet another hobby. Sloan will be working on Window, a hybrid memoir separated into snapshots. A series of memory fragments, dreamlike trances, hallucinations, animal facts, ad-libs, and mirror images of times forward and past, this manuscript begs the reader to give it a new possible ending.

Po Bhattacharyya

Po Bhattacharyya is a writer and designer of South Asian extraction, currently based in Oakland, CA. His work has appeared in the Johannesburg Review of Books, the Wire, the New York Times, and other publications. He is a 2023 NEA Distinguished Fellow at the Hambidge Center. More at www.pobhattacharyya.com. Project Description: This summer, he'll be working on ORDINARY DEVOTION, which tracks the evolution of the pubescent Indian state as seen through the lens of one family living in West Bengal. The novel is inspired by his grandmother, who is eighty-five and lives in Kolkata, where she often grumbles about the boredom of old age—a fate no revolutionary deserves.

Claire Calderón

Claire Calderón is an Oakland-based writer and reader with a fondness for stories from the fringes. She has an MFA in creative writing from Mills College and has received fellowships from Hedgebrook, Vermont Studio Center, the San Francisco Writers Grotto, and elsewhere. Claire is at work on her debut novel, Tomato Skin, a speculative biography about her Chilean bisabuela’s life in the shadows. Tomato Skin is an archive of the unsaid. Part memoir, part speculative biography, it follows Claire’s great-grandmother—once a maid for one of Chile’s most elite families—prodding the weighted silence surrounding her past.

Grace Chao

Grace Chao was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, and is completing her MFA in fiction at the University of Oregon. She is the winner of The Sewanee Review’s 2022 Fiction Contest, as well as the recipient of a 2023 Oregon Literary Arts Career Fellowship. She holds a BA and MA from Stanford University. Grace’s debut story collection, oriented around a Taiwanese American family, is preoccupied with how time and memory distort perceptions of crucial relationships; with loss of faith; and with what happens when a family’s dreams, whether grand or ordinary, are broken.

River 慧瑩 Dandelion

River 慧瑩 Dandelion is a keeper of ancestral medicine through writing poetry, teaching, facilitating, and creating ceremony. he writes to connect with the unseen so we can feel and heal. River has been awarded fellowships from Kundiman, Asian American Writers' Workshop, VONA/Voices of Our Nations, and more. his work is published and anthologized in Best New PoetsThe Offing, The Margins, Asian American Journal of Psychology, and elsewhere. he is the recent winner of the AWP Kurt Brown Prize for the title poem of his manuscript. River has performed and presented his work internationally from the Dodge Poetry Festival to the University of Havana. For more: riverdandelion.com. Project Description: River will be working on his debut poetry collection on ancestral memory, reclaiming severed histories, matriarchal legacies, and self-remembrance.

Edward Gauvin 

A 2021 Guggenheim fellow, Edward Gauvin has translated in various fields from film to fiction, with a personal focus on contemporary comics (BD) and post-Surrealist literatures of the fantastic. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Harper’sThe Guardian, and World Literature Today, and twice placed in the British Comparative Literature Association’s John Dryden Translation Competition. It has also been shortlisted for several major awards—the Oxford Weidenfeld Translation Prize, the Albertine Prize, the Best Translated Book Award, the National Translation Award—and twice nominated for French-American Foundation Translation Prize. He has received fellowships from the NEA, PEN America, the Fulbright program, and the Centre National du Livre, as well as residencies from Ledig House, the Lannan Foundation, the Banff Centre, and the Belgian government. A multiple grantee of the French Voices program from the French Embassy, he is a frequent contributor to their cultural initiatives. As a translation advocate, he has written widely, spoken at universities and festivals, and taught at the Bread Loaf Translation Conference. The translator of over 400 graphic novels, he is a contributing editor for comics at Words Without Borders. Project Description: The intellectual autobiography of a pen name, or: what happens when the “model” minority meets the “invisible” profession? It situates itself in a contemporary discussion of Asian American identity that includes acts of imposture like Michael Derrick Hudson’s and recent hybrids of memoir and nonfiction (Cathy Park Hong’s Minor Feelings, Jay Caspian Kang’s The Loneliest Americans). In the tradition of translator’s accounts reflecting on the paradoxes of career and calling, it discusses translation as a creative act, but in the context of a modern moment when the natures of authorship and creativity are being redefined with relation to legal and commercial ideas of “content” (Alice Kaplan’s French Lessons, Polly Barton’s Fifty Sounds, Mary Ann Caws’ Surprised in Translation).

S. J. Ghaus

S. J. Ghaus is a Pakistani American writer, organizer, and community gardener. Bay Area-raised with a brief stint in Ohio, they are back in the Midwest as an MFA candidate at Indiana University, where they also served as Poetry Editor of the Indiana Review. They are a VONA/Voices of Our Nation Fellow, Tin House Workshop alum, and the recipient of the 2020 Vera Meyer Strube Academy of American Poets Award. Their work is published or forthcoming in poets.org, Poetry Daily, NPR, Hayden’s Ferry, and elsewhere. S.J. will be working on a lyric memoir exploring the confluence of land, myth, and queerness, that, alongside their family histories of migration and complicity in state violence, complicate their ability to belong in any of the places they call home. Part essay, part love letter to their mother, the memoir dives into the oceanic between-spaces of belonging across the United States and Pakistan, attempting to learn a decolonial language of home and recovering the vast love that exists in the dream of repair.

Natalie J. Graham

Natalie J. Graham is an award-winning author and performer who has toured nationally with her collection of poems, Begin with a Failed Body. In August 2021, Natalie was appointed Poet Laureate of Orange County. A widely-published scholar with research interests in identity performance, food culture, and music, she is also a professor in the Department of African American Studies at Cal State University, Fullerton. Project Description: Season of Woe is set in the contemporary, small town of Anthony, Georgia. It centers on protagonist Quinisha Tate in the wake of her mother’s death. The plot is punctuated by her ambivalent carrying out of a series of “grief labors,” or mourning rituals based on local folklore, intended to “set right a woman’s world.” As Quinisha navigates the “labors,” she uncovers a legacy of corruption and exploitation at Franklin Brothers, the most successful Black-owned business in Georgia. Her discovery, which is prompted by visions of her mother, coincides with Franklin Brother #1’s well-funded bid for County Commissioner. Compelled by the pervasive presence and voice of her mother, Quinisha launches an impossible campaign against Franklin Brother #1, jeopardizing her relationships with her sister, Trish Tate; lover, Frank Minor; and best friends Mae Rains and Sweetie Minor. In the tangle of unraveling secrets, Quinisha struggles to make sense of grief, duty, and love and is increasingly unsure of her ability to control her mother’s influence. Extending the themes of frailty and brokenness from my poetry collection, Begin with a Failed Body, this narrative figures the central character’s humanity as revealed through her frailty rather than her strength.

Lisa Lee

Lisa Lee’s work has appeared in PloughsharesVIDA, North American Review, Sycamore Review, Gulf Coast, The Tusculum ReviewReed MagazineNew World Writing, and elsewhere, and has been featured on Bitch Media’s feminism and pop culture podcast Popaganda on the episode “Writing About Race.” She has been named a NYC Emerging Writer Fellow at The Center for Fiction and her novel excerpt “Paradise Cove” was awarded a Pushcart Prize. Lisa has received fellowships and awards from Kundiman, Millay Colony, Hedgebrook, Tin House, Jentel Artist Residency, The Korea Foundation, and other organizations. Lisa completed a PhD in Creative Writing and Literature at the University of Southern California. www.hellolisalee.com Lisa will be working on AMERICAN HAN, a novel about Asian anger. It’s about how the past can stand as an obstacle to the way immigrants – and specifically Korean immigrants – relate to other Americans and how that dissonance can bloom in their children into a simmering rage. Rage at other Americans; rage at their parents and at themselves. My work explores issues of inherited trauma, class and gender expectations, Korean American masculinity, and police violence.

Grace Shuyi Liew

Born and raised in Malaysia, Grace Shuyi Liew is a lesbian writer and poet currently living in Brooklyn, New York. Her work has appeared in Kenyon Review, Electric Lit, Black Warrior Review, and elsewhere. Her awards include the MacDowell Fellowship, Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize (judged by Min Jin Lee), New York Center for Fiction Emerging Fellowship, Best of the Net, Squaw Valley Community of Writers Scholarship, Atlantic Center for the Arts Fellow, and more. She is the author of the poetry collection Careen (Noemi Press, 2019), which has been named Electric Literature’s “14 Unmissable Poetry Books of 2019. Grace will be working on a novel, "Most Beautiful Things", set in a fictional gambling resort in Malaysia, about an illegitimate casino heiress who must choose between retribution for the past and love in the present.

Jane Marchant

Jane Marchant is a writer and photographer from the San Francisco Bay Area. She earned her BA and MFA from Columbia University’s nonfiction writing programs, where she served as co-president of Our Word, a student group advocating for diversity and inclusion in the graduate writing program. Formerly the PEN America Literary Awards Program Director, her work has appeared in or is forthcoming from ZYZZYVA, Guernica, Catapult, Apogee, Kweli JournalColumbia Journal, and elsewhere, as well as anthologized in The Beiging of America: Personal Narratives about Being Mixed Race in the Twenty-First Century (2Leaf Press). Her book art has been exhibited with the Center for Book Arts in New York City and ACCI Gallery in Berkeley, California, and she currently resides in Oakland, California. Project Description: Jane Marchant’s Encyclopedia of Botany uses plants found in her childhood garden to tell the story of how her parents met, had three children, and divorced; when her white British father moved out, the garden died. And a Black man knocked on the front door and introduced himself as her mother’s brother. Metaphors of fertility, colonialism, and root systems entangle as Marchant uncovers her maternal lineage and identity as a woman of Black and Mexican heritage.

m. mick powell

m. mick powell (she/they) is a queer Black Cape Verdean femme poet, an artist, an Aries, and the author of the chapbook chronicle the body. Their poems have been nominated for the Best of the Net Anthology and a Pushcart Prize and have been published in Frontier Poetry, Up the Staircase Quarterly, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, and elsewhere. An Assistant Professor in Residence at the University of Connecticut in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, mick's work situates Black queer femme existence and experience as rupture, revolution, revelation, and revival. She enjoys chasing waterfalls and being in love. During their time at Tin House, mick will work on her first full-length project, dead girl cameodead girl cameo is an archival poetic project that focuses on the lives and experiences of superstars Aaliyah, Whitney Houston, Left Eye, and others to examine the intersections of celebrity, intimate partner and industry abuse, survivorhood, and death (including literal deaths as well as public and professional reincarnations that seek to bury the “original” girl). Using ekphrasis, erasure, digital collage, archival research, and imaginative/speculative nonfiction in verse, dead girl cameo illuminates the spaces where these women (and sometimes their girl-selves) live on.

Steven Sanchez

Steven Sanchez’ debut book, Phantom Tongue (Sundress Publications, 2018), was selected by Mark Doty for the Rochelle Ratner Memorial Award. A CantoMundo and Lambda Literary Fellow, he won the inaugural Federico García Lorca Poetry Prize and completed a residency at the Civitella Ranieri Foundation. His poems appear in AgniAmerican Poetry ReviewPoet Lore, and elsewhere. Project Description: bell hooks argues that boys kill parts of themselves to become “men.” Steven’s next book, tentatively titled Variations on Drowning, responds by asking what if masculinity is the grief men experience for the parts of themselves they’ve lost?

Nafissa Thompson-Spires

Nafissa Thompson-Spires is the author of Heads of the Colored People, which won the PEN Open Book Award, the Hurston/Wright Award for Fiction, and the Los Angeles Times’s Art Siedenbaum Award for First Fiction. Her collection was longlisted for the National Book Award, the PEN/ Robert W. Bingham Award, and several other prizes, including an NAACP Image Award. She is also the recipient of a 2019 Whiting Award. She earned a doctorate in English from ­­­­Vanderbilt University and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from ­­­­­­the University of Illinois. With dark humor and covering topics from identity to chronic illness, her short fiction and essays have appeared in The Paris Review DailyNew York Magazine’s “The Cut,” The RootThe White Review, Ploughshares,400 Souls: A Community History of African America 1619-2019, and The 1619 Project, among other publications. Her web series, Doing Stuff with Writers, premiered in 2020, and she made her television debut on Late Night with Seth Meyers in 2018. In addition to a novel under contract, she has new writing forthcoming in Fourteen Days: A Community Gathering, edited by Margaret Atwood. She is currently the Richards Family Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Cornell University, teaching both in the MFA and undergrad programs. Project Description: When Richard Aloysius Milford turns up dead, stinking, gangrenous, and missing a foot, shot, poisoned, floating in the small gorge that overlooks the Milford property, his four wives, and some of his forty children all become suspects, as does the entire town of Nahoo. Told in alternating focalizations from a first-person plural narrator a la Faulkner’s “A Rose for Emily,” the novel plays with time and space and asks questions about epigenetic scarring, patrilineal trauma, broader meta concerning the nature of storytelling, and most importantly the bonds the four women in Rich's life forge in the wake of the complicated choices they have to make.

Felicia Zamora

Felicia Zamora is a poet, educator, and editor currently living in Ohio. She is the author of six books of poetry including Quotient (Tinderbox Editions, April 2022) I Always Carry My Bones, winner of the 2020 Iowa Poetry Prize released from the University of Iowa Press in April 2021, Body of Render, winner of the 2018 Benjamin Saltman Award from Red Hen Press (2020), Instrument of Gaps (Slope Editions, 2018), & in Open, Marvel (Parlor Press, 2018), and Of Form & Gather, winner of the 2016 Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize (University of Notre Dame Press). She's received fellowships and residencies from CantoMundo, Ragdale Foundation, PLAYA, Moth Magazine, and Noepe Center at Martha’s Vineyard, authored two chapbooks, won the 2020 C.P. Cavafy Prize, the 2019 Wabash Prize for Poetry and the 2015 Tomaž Šalamun Prize, and was the 2017 Poet Laureate of Fort Collins, CO. Her poems and essays are found or forthcoming in AGNI, Alaska Quarterly Review, Academy of American Poets Poem-A-Day, American Poetry Review, Boston Review online, Georgia Review, Guernica, Literary Hub, Missouri Review Poem-of-the-Week, Orion, Poetry Magazine, Poetry Daily, Poetry International, Prairie Schooner, The Nation, and others. She is an assistant professor of poetry at the University of Cincinnati and is the associate poetry editor for the Colorado Review. Project Description:  Zamora plans to continue work on a new poetry manuscript that builds from archival research at the University of Texas Austin in the Benson Latin American Collection—Anzaldúa Collection— as well as going through transcripts of the new conversation series: Poetry as Radicalization & Liberation for BIPOC & Marginalized People that she created and hosted in Summer 2021 and Spring 2022. The poems meditate on borders (linguistic, physical, familial, society, liminal, and psychological), racial trauma, growing up Mexican in poverty in the US, childhood violence, estrangement to inherited culture and language, the political as private, and the instinct to retreat to the body as a space of understanding. Poems dialogue with activists, scholars, and poets, throughout history to express the entanglement of social and environmental justice. These poems constellate in radical imagination— to see art as activism, to disinter public and private memory, and create a futurity for BIPOC and marginalized people. Residency: 2022 Next Book

2023 Finalists

We would also like to celebrate the work of our 2023 Residency Finalists!

Ananda Lima
Cindy Tran
Kiki Nicole
Lorraine Avila
Mathapelo Mofokeng
Maxwell Suzuki
Nanette Gamily
Prachi Gupta
Puloma Ghosh
Samantha Rahmani
Vanessa Lily Chung
Vida James



Former Residents