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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.

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2024 Winter Scholars

Azadeh Hashemian

Azadeh Hashemian is a writer and translator based in Norwich, UK, has had her work featured in both Persian and English in the other side of hope and Silk Route Project at the University of Iowa among other places. Currently she is working on two projects. Firstly, her memoir, which explores the complexities of growing up as a woman in post-revolution Iran, exploring various paradoxes inherent in that experience. Secondly, a collective narrative that traces the evolution of Iranian women's clothing under two contrasting sets of dress codes: forced unveiling and forced veiling, all within the span of a single century.

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Bex Frankeberger

Bex Frankeberger is a writer and musician based in Brooklyn. Their writing has been featured here and there but most recently in Mizna. Raised somewhere between the Pacific Ocean and Mojave Desert, they abstain from almonds in solidarity with the drought.

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Marcus Ong Kah Ho

Marcus Ong Kah Ho is a Singaporean writer and literary arts teacher. His work has appeared in American Short Fiction, Chicago Quarterly Review, Granta, and more. He is working on a novel and short story collection. Find him at www.marcusongkh.com

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Meredith L. King

Meredith L. King (she/her) is a creative nonfiction writer, playwright, and poet. Her work engages Black kinship, uncomfortable truths, and the collision of place with identity. Meredith holds a B.A. from Stanford University with honors, and an M.B.A. from Yale University. She is a 2024 Anaphora Arts Fellow, received a 2022 Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award for Playwriting, and was named Best Local Playwright of 2020 by Cleveland Scene Magazine. Additionally, her creative work has been supported by the Midwives Artist Collective, at Louis Place, Dobama Theatre Playwrights Gym, Cleveland Public Theatre, Nolose, Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, HBMG Foundation, and featured on NPR’s Here and Now. Find her at www.meredithlking.com

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Mrityunjay Mohan

Mrityunjay Mohan is a queer, trans, disabled writer of color. His work has been published or is forthcoming in Michigan Quarterly Review, Denver Quarterly, The Indianapolis Review, and Fourteen Hills. He’s a Brooklyn Poets fellow. He's been awarded scholarships by Sundance Institute, The Common, Frontier Poetry, Black Lawrence Press, and elsewhere. He’s an editor for ANMLY magazine, and a reader for Split/Lip Press, Harvard Review, and The Masters Review.

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Nathan Xie

Nathan Xie (he/they) is a writer. He is a recipient of One Story's Adina Talve-Goodman fellowship and support from Lambda Literary, Tin House, and the Periplus Collective. His writing can be found at nathan-xie.com.

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Nicasio Andres Reed

Nicasio Andres Reed is an editor, writer, and poet whose work has appeared in venues such as Strange HorizonsLightspeedReckoning, and Fireside. He lives in Tagaytay, in the Philippines, with four dogs, some family, and the occasional uninvited monitor lizard. He currently serves as the poetry editor for The Deadlands, and is working on a speculative historical novella about the lives of Filipino migrant workers in California and Alaska in the 1930s. Find out more at https://www.nicasioreed.com/.

Oso Guardiola

Oso Guardiola received his first M.F.A. in Creative Writing - Fiction from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where he was the recipient of the Maytag Scholarship and the Arthur James Pflughaupt Prize in Fiction. His short stories have been awarded the 2023 Gulf Coast Prize for Fiction, the 2022 runner-up for the J.F. Powers Prize in Fiction, and the 2021 Honorable Mention for the San Miguel Writers' Contest in Fiction. He was the 2024 Winter Workshop Scholar for Tin House. His fiction has appeared in Latino Book Review Magazine, La Piccioletta Barca, Dappled Things Literary Magazine, and is forthcoming in Gulf Coast Magazine. Today, Oso pursues a second M.F.A. in Creative Writing - Spanish with a poetry thesis at the University of Iowa Department of Spanish and Portuguese.

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Rob Colgate

Rob Macaisa Colgate (he/she/they) is a disabled bakla poet and playwright from Evanston, IL. He is the author of the debut poetry collection Hardly Creatures (Tin House, 2025) and the verse drama My Love is Water (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2025). His work appears or is forthcoming in Best New Poets, American Poetry Review, Poets.org, Sewanee Review, Gulf Coast, and New England Review, among others, and has received support from MacDowell, Fulbright, Kenyon Review, and the Canada Council for the Arts. He received an MFA in poetry and critical disability studies from the New Writers Project at UT Austin and is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Alberta, poet-in-residence at Tangled Art + Disability, and assistant poetry editor at Foglifter Journal.

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Rona Luo

Rona Luo is a queer, neurodivergent poet and acupuncturist working at the intersection of decolonial healing and writing as somatic practice. She is a Kundiman fellow and member of Southbank Centre's New Poets Collective 22/23. Her work appears or is forthcoming in The Massachusetts Review, ANMLY, Honey Literary, Mom Egg Review, fourteen poems, Suspect Journal, and Bi+ Lines anthology.  Her speculative visual poetry has been exhibited at London’s Royal Festival Hall.

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Sneha Subramanian Kanta

Sneha Subramanian Kanta is an academician and multi-genre writer currently residing in Ontario, Canada. She is the author of five chapbooks including Ancestral-Wing (Porkbelly Press, 2024), Every Elegy Is A Love Poem (Variant Lit, forthcoming), and Ghost Tracks (Louisiana Literature, 2020). An award-winning writer, her work has been anthologized widely, including in The Penguin Book of Indian Poets (ed. Jeet Thayil) published by the Penguin Random House imprint Hamish Hamilton. Her work has been published in Shenandoah, the minnesota review, West Branch, and elsewhere. Her work has been recognized and supported by several institutions including Ontario Arts Council, The Charles Wallace Trust, The Vijay Nambisan Foundation, and British Council. She is one of the founding editors of Parentheses Journal. Website: snehasubramaniankanta.com

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Somto Ihezue

Somto Ihezue is a speculative fiction writer, an acquiring editor, and a filmmaker. He is a recipient of the Mandela Institute’s African Youth Network Movement Fiction Prize, the Horror Writers Association Grant, and the EbonyLife Academy Alumni Film Grant. His work was shortlisted for the British Fantasy Award (Sydney J. Bounds) for Best New Writer, and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, Afritondo Short Story Prize, the British Science Fiction Award, the Utopia Awards, and the Nommo Awards. His works have found homes in venues like Tor: Africa Risen, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, POETRY Magazine, Strange Horizons, Podcastle, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Escape Pod, Omenana Magazine, Africa In Dialogue, The Sauútiverse Anthology, and others. Somto is an Alumni of the Tin House Workshop, Milford Writers Workshop, and scheduled to attend the Clarion West Writers Workshop. Somto is Original Fiction Manager at Escape Artists, an acquiring Editor with Android Press, and an intern for the Publishing Taught Me Project, an SFWA [Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers’ Association] and NEA [National Endowment for the Arts] sponsored program. He tweets at somto_Ihezue.

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Theresa Sylvester

Theresa Sylvester is a Zambian writer based in Western Australia. She is an alumna of Faber Writing Academy, as well as Stuyvesant Writing Workshop where she studied under Nicole Dennis-Benn. Her stories appear in Shenandoah, Quarterly West, Black Warrior Review, Ubwali Literary Magazine, Midnight and Indigo & elsewhere. She is currently working on a novel. Find out more at theresasylvester.com

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 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.

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.

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