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We acknowledge that underrepresented voices have faced historical disadvantages in the workshop setting and that these disadvantages extend into the present. We strive to continually address and correct such imbalances through our scholarship programs, which aim to support and uplift the work of a diverse group of artists selected from our applicant pool. Here, we celebrate the fullness and range of expression of identity as we highlight our most recent scholarship recipients.

2023 Autumn Scholars

Lu Han

Lu Han is a Chinese-American writer based in New York. Her work highlights the undervoiced through fiction and nonfiction, and can be found in The Margins, Lost Balloon, HAD, The Jarnal, and elsewhere. Lu’s work has received support from Lewis Latimer House Museum, the Hudson Valley Writers Center, and from Guernica Magazine for their inaugural workshop in March 2023. Her novel-in-progress, The Rusticated, is shortlisted for the 2023 First Pages Prize in fiction. When she's not writing, she can be found climbing rocks. Find more at www.helloluhan.com

Roseanne Pereira

Roseanne Pereira is the daughter of immigrants from Goa, grew up in South Florida, and currently lives in Minneapolis. She is a graduate of Yale University and the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. Her work has appeared in a variety of print, online, and on-air outlets, including Catapult, Minnesota Public Radio, and The Shanghai Literary Review. She served as a Kroc fellow at NPR and an Upper Midwest Human Rights Fellow at the Center for Victims of Torture. Roseanne has been a two-time fellow at the Writers by Writers' Tomales Bay workshop and a writer-in-residence at Hedgebrook.

Sasha Fox Carney

Sasha Fox Carney is a writer and editorial assistant from Ottawa, Ontario. Their work has been published in places including The Yale Literary Magazine, The Forge, and Barren Magazine. A two-time recipient of the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award, they were longlisted for the CBC Poetry Prize in 2019. They live in Brooklyn.

2023 Summer Scholars

Abdelrahman ElGendy

Abdelrahman ElGendy is an Egyptian writer and journalist based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He was a six-year political prisoner in Egypt. While in prison, ElGendy started and earned a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from Ain Shams University. He is a Dietrich fellow at the University of Pittsburgh's Nonfiction Writing MFA, a Heinz fellow at Pitt's Global Studies Center, a 2021 Logan Nonfiction fellow, a 2023 Tin House Workshop scholar, an awardee of the 2023 Katharine Bakeless Nason Award in Nonfiction by Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, and a finalist for the 2021 Margolis Award for Social Justice Journalism. ElGendy's writing is engaged with counter-narratives of history, the role of writing and art as forms of resistance, and how the oppressed individually and collectively preserve their identities in the face of erasure. His writing appears in the Washington Post, New Lines Magazine, the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy (TIMEP), Mada Masr, and elsewhere.

Allan Martín Nava Sosa

Allan Martín Nava Sosa is a queer Mexican-American writer from Stockton, CA and a recent graduate of UC Irvine’s MFA Programs in Writing where they were awarded the 2022 Henfield Prize. Their fiction has been published in Zyzzyva and the Santa Monica Review.

Alexis Aceves Garcia

Alexis Aceves Garcia is a trans writer, researcher, and facilitator living and longing in San Diego, CA. Their poems have been featured on The Slowdown, beestung, rivulet, The Hennepin Review, Peach Mag, The Best of the Net Anthology 2022, Apogee Journal, and The BreakBeat Poets Volume 4: LatiNext. Aceves Garcia is an incoming 3rd year in the MFA in Writing Program at UCSD where they are working on a hybrid manuscript that circles trans temporality, desire, and what it means to queer their family archive. Follow them on Instagram @loveloaf_.

Alexis M. Wright

Alexis M. Wright is a California writer based in Massachusetts. Her lyric essay “Which One is the Lifeline?” appears in The Common, and an excerpt was awarded first prize in Litquake's 'Writers on the Verge' contest. Her essay “The Disney Look” is included in the anthology Mamas, Martyrs, and Jezebels: Myths, Legends, and Other Lies You’ve Been Told about Black Women published by Black Lawrence Press (2023). She is an aluma of the Anaphora Writing Residency and the Rooted and Written Conference and Fellowship, and she was the winner of a Contributor’s Award in Nonfiction for the 2023 Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference. She earned her MFA from the University of San Francisco and is currently working on a memoir. You can find her on Instagram at @alexismwrightmfa

Anthony Christian Ocampo

Anthony Christian Ocampo, Ph.D. is a writer and sociologist in Los Angeles. He is the author of BROWN AND GAY IN LA: THE LIVES OF IMMIGRANT SONS and THE LATINOS OF ASIA: HOW FILIPINO AMERICANS BREAK THE RULES OF RACE. His writing has appeared in GQ, Catapult, Los Angeles Review of Books, BuzzFeed, and more. Anthony is working on his third book ON THE MARGINS OF JUSTICE, a narrative nonfiction account of Asian Americans' experience with the criminal justice system. He is a Professor of Sociology at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.

Chantal Rondeau

Chantal Rondeau (MFA IAIA) is an Indigenous writer, journalist, tv personality and documentary filmmaker. She is a member of the Little Salmon Carmacks First Nation in the territory of the Yukon, and is of the Hanjek Hudan Clan (Crow People). Chantal has been published in Northern Public Journal, Xoxo Jane, and Urban Native Magazine among others. Chantal ultimately hopes to tell stories that shift perceptions and lead to a global understanding of the modern-day Indigenous people.

Cindy King

Cindy King is the author of a book-length poetry collection, Zoonotic (Tinderbox Editions, 2022), and two poetry chapbooks, Easy Street (dancing girl press, 2021) and Lesser Birds of Paradise (Southeastern Louisiana University Press, 2022). Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Sun, New England Review, The Threepenny Review, North American Review, Denver Quarterly, Cincinnati Review, and elsewhere. Cindy was born in Cleveland, Ohio and grew up swimming in the shadows of the hyperboloid cooling towers on the shores of Lake Erie. She is an associate professor of creative writing at Utah Tech University and faculty editor of The Southern Quill and Route 7 Review. She is also an editorial assistant for Seneca Review.

Coby-Dillon English

Coby-Dillon English (he/she/they) is a short story writer and essayist 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 2021 Periplus Collective fellow, and their writing can be found in Salt Hill Journal, Bellingham Review, Peripress Anthology, and LitHub.

Daad Sharfi

Daad Sharfi is a poet and immigrant-rights advocate from Chicago, by way of Sudan. She is an alumna of Winter Tangerine, Cave Canem, Brooklyn Poets and the DreamYard Rad(ical) Poetry Consortium. Her work appears and is forthcoming in 20.35 Africa: An Anthology of Contemporary Poetry, Sawti, PANK, Voicemail Poems, WHEN WE EXHALE: An Anthology of Black Women Rooted in Ancestral Medicine, and elsewhere. Currently, she lives in Brooklyn and is pursuing her JD at NYU Law, where you'll often find her daydreaming in class about the endless possibilities of language.

Elisabeth Booze

Elisabeth Booze is a writer and teacher from Colorado Springs, CO. She holds a BA in English with a concentration in Creative Writing from the University of Denver, an MFA in Creative Writing from Hollins University, and is currently working towards her PhD in English at the University of Denver. She formerly taught middle and high school English in Kansas City, MO. She is currently working on her first novel, set in her hometown of Colorado Springs.

Frankie Concepcion

Frankie Concepcion is a writer from the Philippines and Massachusetts. She is an M.F.A. Candidate in Fiction at Arizona State University, and the current Managing Editor for Hayden's Ferry Review. She has received fellowships from Tin House, Sibling Rivalry Press and the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing, and her writing has been published or is forthcoming in Barzakh, StoryQuarterly, Joyland, HYPHEN, and more. Her short story chapbook "Aftermath" is out now at Bottlecap Press.

Kyla D. Walker

Kyla D. Walker is a Turkish-Creole writer and MFA Prose candidate at the University of Notre Dame. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in Electric Literature, Threepenny Review, Cultbytes, and elsewhere. She has received fellowships and scholarships from the Periplus Collective and the NY State Summer Writers Institute, and was selected as a Dole Kinney Creative Writing Prize Winner. More of her work can be found at www.kd-walker.com.

Isha Camara

Isha Camara is a poet, visual and makeup artist hailing from South Minneapolis and recent graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison as a OMAI First Wave alumna. Her work has been featured or is forthcoming in Southeast Review, The Boston Review and Wisconsin Life and Palette poetry. Isha has performed for the Madison Public Library, Walker Art Center and MMoCA. Isha’s purpose is to give a narrative that creates conversations suppled with empathy, driven with tenderness.

Logan Klutse

Logan Klutse (he/him) is a senior at Yale University double-majoring in English & Theater Studies, where he's a member of WORD, the oldest and (most hype!) performance poetry group on campus. He calls Lakewood, Colorado, home. He's an emerging writer whose work has appeared in Feral: A Journal of Poetry and Art, Mason Jar Press, and in digital exhibitions at the Yale University Art Gallery.

Meghana Mysore

Meghana Mysore, from Portland, Oregon, is an Indian American writer. A 2022-2023 Steinbeck Fellow in Creative Writing, her work appears or will appear in Apogee, Passages North, The Yale Review, The Rumpus, Indiana Review, Roxane Gay’s The Audacity, Pleiades, McNeese Review, wildness, Boston Review, The Margins, and the anthology A World Out of Reach (Yale University Press). A Bread Loaf-Rona Jaffe Scholar in Fiction and a Mendocino Coast Writers’ Conference Scholar, she has also received recognition from the Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing and The de Groot Foundation. She holds a B.A. in English from Yale University and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Hollins University. She is working on a novel exploring three generations of a South Indian American family.

MJ Kaufman

MJ Kaufman is a queer, trans, playwright and fiction writer of Ashkenazi Jewish descent currently living in Brooklyn. Their plays have been seen at the Public Theater, WP Theater, National Asian American Theater Company, and numerous other theaters around the country as well as in Russian in Moscow and in Australia. They are a MacDowell Colony Fellow and have had fiction published in Catapult and The Collection: Short Fiction from the Transgender Vanguard. MJ co-founded Trans Lab, a program to support emerging transgender theater artists. They are currently an Assistant Professor of Dramatic Writing at New York University.

Nitya Gupta

Nitya Gupta (she/her) is a fiction writer from Chicago. She is currently an MFA candidate at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. She was a finalist for the 2022 Jesmyn Ward Fiction Prize and was shortlisted for the 2023 DISQUIET Literary Prize. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Michigan Quarterly Review and Grist Journal.

Rachael Johnson

Rachael Johnson is a disabled, neurodivergent, androgynous-gender-fluid Diné writer/poet/photographer/artist from the Navajo Nation. She belongs to Táchii’nii, the Red Running into the Water people, and is born for Kinyaa’áanii, the Towering House clan. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of New Mexico. Her prose and poetry have been published in The Diné Reader: An Anthology of Navajo Literature, Anti-Heroin Chic, Wordgathering, Writers Resist, Poetry Northwest, Abalone Mountain Press, and Prairie Schooner. Her essay, 'Nowhere Place,' won Prairie Schooner's 2017 Summer Creative Nonfiction Contest, a Glenna Luschei Award, and was recognized as a 2018 Notable Essay by Best American Essays. Her poetry has been a finalist for the James Welch Poetry Prize and 2021 Joy Harjo Poetry Contest. The Diné Reader: An Anthology of Navajo Literature, in which her poems were published, received a 2022 Before Columbus Foundation American Book Award. Her poetry/photography chapbook, My Body is an Ill-fitting Costume, was recently published by Abalone Mountain Press. She is currently revising a novel, Ash, and writing a memoir.

Serayah Silver

Serayah Silver is an Artist/Dreamer; writer/reader, space holder and way maker currently serving as lit manager and in-house dramaturg for MOJOAA PAC. Their screenplay Knead won the Del Shores Writer's Search in 2022 and they currently have two scripts in production with Comfrey Films. Their stories are quiet portraits of extraordinary people, centering Black, Queer, Southern characters coming to terms with the powerful magic inherent at the intersection of those identities. Serayah's work and life revolve around these coinciding truths; God is Change, and Magic is Real.

Soni Brown

Soni Brown is a freelance journalist and writer who is a formally-trained chef and former flight attendant. In-between those career stints, Soni has been working on essays and stories that have been published in The Believer, AARP Sisters, Desert Companion, The New York Daily News, and Nevada Humanities to name a few. Soni is currently working on a memoir about erasure and her mother’s dementia. She lives in Montego Bay, Jamaica with her family and a polydactyl cat, Priscilla Purrsley.

Subraj Singh

Subraj Singh is a Guyanese writer, and a student in the MFA Creative Writing (Fiction) program at the University of Maryland. He is a 2023 Tin House Workshop Scholar, a 2023 Lambda Literary Fellow, and a 2022 Clarion West alum. He has also been supported by the Gabo Fellowship and the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program. He has won a Guyana Prize for Literature Award, and was shortlisted for the Johnson and Amoy Achong Caribbean Writers Prize and the Columbia Journal Print Contest. His writing has been published in Caribbean Beat, ImageOutWrite, The Arts Journal, and others, with stories forthcoming in Columbia Journal and AGNI. You can find him at @subrajsingh1 on Twitter and Blue Sky.

2023 Winter Scholars
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Akhim Alexis

Akhim Alexis is a writer from Trinidad and Tobago who holds an MA in Literatures in English from the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine. He is the winner of the Brooklyn Caribbean Lit Fest Elizabeth Nunez Award for Writers in the Caribbean. He was also a finalist for the Barry Hannah Prize in Fiction, the Aesthetica Creative Writing Award, the Grist Imagine 2200: Climate Fiction for Future Ancestors Contest and the Johnson and Amoy Achong Caribbean Writers Prize for poetry. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Massachusetts Review, Electric Literature, The Rumpus, Chestnut Review,  and elsewhere. You can find him on Twitter @akhimalexis1

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Amanda Churchill

Amanda Churchill is a writer living in Texas. Her work has been featured in Hobart Pulp, Witness, River Styx, among others. She holds a Master of Arts in Creative Writing from the University of North Texas and was a Writers’ League of Texas 2021 Fellow. Her first novel, THE TURTLE HOUSE, is forthcoming from Harper Books.

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Anthony Garrett

Anthony Garrett is a novelist and full-time parent. He received his MA in writing from Johns Hopkins University. Despite daily effort, he struggled to write for several years post graduation before he learned of his lifelong undiagnosed ADHD and sought treatment for it. His writing embraces a neurodivergent poetics that eschews traditional forms. He is working on a novel titled Neither Themselves nor Each Other. Anthony lives in Salt Lake City with his spouse and children. Twitter: @anthgarrett, Instagram: @anthgarrett

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Beina Xu

Beina Xu is a writer and visual artist based in Berlin, Germany. She usually makes things about archives, colonialism, and desire. Her nonfiction can be found at The Common, Jezebel, Deutsche Welle and Westend, among other outlets, and she's currently working on a book. Her essay film Forget Alberto For Now (2020) debuted at International Film Festival Rotterdam, and has gone on to win several awards. She can be found at www.beinaxu.com or on instagram at @auslaender.salad. 

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Giovannai Rosa

Giovannai Rosa is a writer and artist from Miami. They're the winner of the 2022 Ploughshares Emerging Writer's Award in Poetry, a 2022 Periplus Fellow, and a 2023 Tin House Scholar.

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Jack Foraker

Jack Foraker is a writer from Yolo County, California. His fiction has been supported by the Elizabeth George Foundation, Aspen Words, and UC Irvine, where he received an MFA. He's based in Los Angeles and working on a novel and stories. Find him @jackfracker across socials and at jackforaker.com. Social media: @jackfracker on Twitter and Instagram

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Julian Guy

Julian Guy (he/they) is a trans and queer writer and educator born in Reno, NV currently residing in Syracuse, NY. Julian's poems have been published or are forthcoming in Queerlings, Swamp Pink, HAD, Catapult, The Adroit Journal, Lesbians are Miracles, and more. He is a Nonfiction Editor with Variant Literature and runs the newsletter Serotinous Fruit. Julian is passionate about plants, ice cream, and the color pink. Find Julian online at his website, julianguy.com, or at the ocean studying seaweed. Julian is currently querying for a queer coming-of-age poetry book, and working on their next collection. Twitter: @aboy_bug, www.julianguy.com

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Leila Christine Nadir

Leila Christine Nadir is an Afghan-American writer and socially engaged artist whose work appears in literary and scholarly journals, in museums and galleries, and in forests, classrooms, and kitchens. She's working on a memoir that examines the global geopolitics that invade our living rooms and the intimate violences that reverberate across the planet. Her essays have been published in Black Warrior ReviewNorth American ReviewAsian American Literary ReviewAster(ix), and ASAP/J. She has a PhD in literature from Columbia University, and in 2022-2023 her memoir project has been supported by a MacDowell Fellowship, Hedgebrook Fellowship, Aspen Summer Words Emerging Writer Fellowship, MWPA Ashley Bryan Fellowship, and a National Endowment for the Arts American Rescue Grant. Find her on Twitter @afghanvegan or at www.leilanadir.xyz. Social media: Twitter @afghanvegan

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Mitch Monroy

Mitch Monroy (él/elle / he/they) is a trans Guatemalan poet, multimedia artist, and coffee technician by trade. Their family sought asylum in America, escaping Guatemala’s civil war. Their projects explore this tradition of absence and trans realities across borders. Their past works have been featured at The Parrish Art Museum, and Ashawagh Hall. They also organized and founded Queer Lit Dreams, a program at LAMBDA LitFest LA. They currently reside in Chicago, IL. Find them: Twitter @mitchhmonroy & Instagram @mitch_monroy

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Prad Aphachan

Prad Aphachan is the pen name of a writer, poet, and artist from Thailand. He is currently based in Bangkok where he teaches and writes. He has received scholarship support from Tin House, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference and Community of Writers Workshop. He is the author of the poetry-calligraphy chapbook “10,000 Ways to See the Monsoon” published by Ruammitr Collective Press. His writings have appeared in The Chicago ReviewChicago Quarterly Review, and Modern Haiku, among others. You can find him on Instagram at @pradaphachan.

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Remi Recchia

Remi Recchia is a trans poet and essayist from Kalamazoo, Michigan. He is a PhD candidate in English-Creative Writing at Oklahoma State University. Remi currently serves as the Book Editor for Gasher Press and also works as a technical editor. A five-time Pushcart Prize nominee, Remi’s work has appeared in World Literature TodayBest New Poets 2021Columbia Online JournalHarpur Palate, and Juked, among others. He holds an MFA in poetry from Bowling Green State University. Remi is the author of Quicksand/Stargazing (Cooper Dillon Books, 2021) and Sober (Red Bird Chapbooks, 2022) and the editor of Transmasculine Poetics: Filling the Gap in Literature & the Silences Around Us (Sundress Publications, forthcoming). Social Media: Twitter: @steambbcrywolf , Instagram: @remi_dreamer, Website: www.remirecchia.com

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Thalia Williamson

Thalia is a British author based in Los Angeles. She is currently completing an MFA in Creative Writing at UC Riverside and will soon begin a PhD in Creative Writing and Literature at USC. She is the author of a memoir, Things Bad Begun, and is at work on another, The Silent Part. Her work has been published in The Audacity and Longreads. An excerpt of The Silent Part is forthcoming in Joyland. She is trans. Twitter - @authordrw -Instagram - @thaliawme

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Tola Sylvan

Tola Sylvan is a poet and writer from Massachusetts. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Vallum, POETRY, Poetry Northwest, and elsewhere. She currently reads poetry for The Adroit Journal.