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2021 Winter Scholars

A. Meinen

A. Meinen is a writer and educator, born and raised between Ohio and Pennsylvania. They hold a BA from the University of Pittsburgh and previously worked as a teaching artist with high school youth, and as editor of Sampsonia Way Magazine. They currently teach and write as an MFA candidate at Arizona State University.

Angelique Stevens

Angelique Stevens, Haudenosaunee, lives in Upstate New York where she teaches creative writing, literature of genocide, and race literatures at a community college. Her nonfiction can be found in LitHub, The New England Review, The Chattahoochee Review, and a number of anthologies. She won the Prism International Creative Nonfiction Contest judged by Alexander Chee in 2020 and the 2019 grand prize for the Solas Award. She holds an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Bennington College and an MA from SUNY Brockport in Literature. She has received support in the form of scholarships or fellowships from Bread Loaf and Kenyon Review workshops. She was a nonfiction fellow at Bennington College’s MFA program. She finds her inspiration in wandering—being in places that push the boundaries of comfort, experience, knowledge, and hunger. She is represented by Stephanie Delman at Sanford J. Greenburger Associates. Find her at www.angeliquecstevens, Twitter: @angelique23456, Instagram: @angelique23456.

Christopher James Llego

Christopher James Llego is a Filipino American writer and baker. He is a Kundiman Fiction Fellow and a Kundiman Mentorship Lab Fellow. His stories have appeared in McSweeney's Quarterly Concern, Electric Lit, Kartika Review, and elsewhere; and have been supported by CRIT, Tin House, and Lighthouse Works. He is a graduate of Cornell University, and lives in Brooklyn.

Jeannetta Craigwell-Graham

Jeannetta Craigwell-Graham is a Caribbean/African-American writer currently based in Aarhus, Denmark. Jeannetta has participated in the Andika Ma Writers Workshop, based in Kigali and has contributed as a reviewer for Huza Press, also based in Rwanda. Jeannetta enjoys writing stories which use absurd or surrealistic elements to explore the harsh realities of being other. She is currently working on a collection of short stories.

Kimberly Reyes

Kimberly Reyes has received fellowships from the Poetry Foundation, the Academy of American Poets, CantoMundo, Callaloo, Culture Ireland, the Munster Literature Centre, and other places. She is the author of the poetry collections Running to Stand Still (Omnidawn 2019) and Warning Coloration (dancing girl press 2018), and her nonfiction book of essays Life During Wartime (Fourteen Hills 2019) won the 2018 Michael Rubin Book Award. A second-generation New Yorker, Kimberly was the 2019-2020 Fulbright fellow studying Irish Literature and Film at University College Cork. All her social media handles are @kimerama.

Krys Malcolm Belc

Krys Malcolm Belc is the author of the forthcoming memoir The Natural Mother of the Child (Counterpoint) and the flash nonfiction chapbook In Transit (The Cupboard Pamphlet). His essays have been featured in Granta, Black Warrior Review, The Rumpus, and elsewhere, and his work has been anthologized in Wigleaf Top 50, Best of the Net 2018, and in The Best of Brevity: Twenty Years of Groundbreaking Flash Nonfiction (Rose Metal Press). Krys is a pediatric hospital-based educator and lives in Philadelphia with his partner and their three young children. You can find Krys at www.krysmalcolmbelc.com and on Twitter at @krysmalcolmbelc

Luke Dani Blue

Luke Dani Blue is a trans writer and cancer survivor whose work has appeared in Catapult, Colorado Review, Fourteen Hills, and Crab Orchard Review. Honors received include a mention in Best American Short Stories, the Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction, the Jack Dyer Fiction Award, and an Award for Distinguished Achievement from the San Francisco State University MFA program. Originally from Michigan, the places Luke has unpacked and repacked boxes include New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, Mexico City, Olympia, Oakland and San Diego. Luke lives with their partner and two mismatched dogs in Southern Alberta, where they work at the public library and are finishing a post-post-apocalyptic novel about how to create a life in a world that has no future. You can find Luke on Twitter @lukedaniblue.

Lydia Abedeen

Lydia Abedeen is a senior at Emory University majoring in creative writing and comparative literature. Her creative and research interests encompass Bangladeshi identities, motherhood, intergenerational trauma, literary trauma theory, religion, cults, fairy tale, and mythology. When she isn’t relocating snails in her tea garden, she’s either baking peanut butter cookies, reading Anne Carson, or eating soup. An Association of Research Libraries Digital and Inclusive Excellence Fellow, Lydia hopes to be either a librarian or bread connoisseur upon graduation. She’s been published in a Penguin anthology and has work forthcoming in The Rumpus, and is a graduate of The University of Iowa’s Between the Lines International Workshop. You can keep up with her shenanigans on Twitter @lydia_abedeen.

Marissa Davis

Marissa Davis is a poet and translator from Paducah, Kentucky, now residing in Brooklyn, New York. Her poetry has appeared or will soon appear in Peach Mag, Sundog Lit, Poem-A-Day, Frontier Poetry, Glass, Nimrod, Great River Review, New South, and Southeast Review, among others. Her translations are published in Ezra and forthcoming in Mid-American Review, RHINO, The Massachusetts Review, and New England Review. Her chapbook, My Name & Other Languages I Am Learning How to Speak (Jai-Alai Books, 2020) was selected by Danez Smith for Cave Canem’s 2019 Toi Derricotte and Cornelius Eady Prize. She is a Translations Editor for Washington Square Review and a juror this year for the PEN America Award for Poetry in Translation. Davis is pursuing an MFA in poetry at New York University as a Rona Jaffe Graduate Fellow. Find Marissa on Instagram and Twitter.

Marlanda Dekine-Sapient Soul

Marlanda Dekine-Sapient Soul (she/her/they/them) is a poet and social worker living in Georgetown, South Carolina with her beloved labrador mix, Malachi (Chi). Her work is to sit down, read, think, and write. She shares her work with the world through her voice, presence, and publication. Soul's poems have been published and/or reviewed by Emergence Magazine, Screen Door Review, Penn State University Press, Minerva Rising, Castle of Our Skins, Flycatcher Journal, and more. She is the author and recording artist of a self-published collection of poems, i am from a punch & a kiss. These poems, as well as others, can be heard on all digital streaming platforms. Soul has served communities as an arts and social justice administrator, child therapist, crisis therapist, community trainer, and child abuse forensic evaluator. She is a 2019 Keller Cushing Freeman Fellow, one of SC Humanities 2019 Fresh Voices of the Year award recipients, and an altMBA Alum. She is a 2008 graduate of Furman University (B.A. Psychology) and a 2011 graduate of the University of South Carolina (Master’s in Social Work). Currently, she is completing her MFA in Poetry with Converse College’s Low-Residency program. For more information: www.sapientsoul.com.

Michaeljulius Y. Idani

Michaeljulius Y. Idani is an Atlanta-based writer of fictions. His work has been supported by Tin House, the Hurston/Wright Foundation, AWP's Writer to Writer Mentorship Program, Voices of Our Nation Arts Foundation, and the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.  He is an MFA candidate in fiction at the Iowa Writers' Workshop  and a proud alumnus of Hillman College, where he was mentored by Colonel Bradford Taylor. You can learn more about Michaeljulius at www.idani.com or on social media: @mjyidani.

Naphisa Senanarong

Naphisa Senanarong is a Thai writer who grew up in Bangkok but is residing in Boston. She is pursuing her MFA in Fiction at Brooklyn College. Her work is published in Gulf Coast, Bennington Review, Hawaii Pacific Review and others. She is currently working on a collection of linked novellas and stories that follow the lives of women in Bangkok and explores the hold of reinvention in both public and personal history.

Reena Shah

Reena Shah is a writer, editor, and teacher. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Waxwing Magazine, Joyland, BBC, The American Prospect, National Geographic, The Guardian, Third Coast, Writer’s Digest, Texas Review, Chalkbeat, and DNA India, among others. She has received support from the Sustainable Arts Foundation, the Cuttyhunk Island Residency, and the Fulbright Foundation. She is also the winner of the 2019 Third Coast Fiction Prize and the 2019 Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Award. For many years she was a Kathak dancer and a member of the Parul Shah Dance Company. She currently dances in her socks on Friday and Saturday nights, teaches a fantastic group of third graders, and is at work on a novel-in-stories.

Sabrina Imbler

Sabrina Imbler is a writer and science journalist based in Brooklyn. Their writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Atlas Obscura, Catapult, and Gay Magazine, among others. Sabrina is the recipient of fellowships from the Asian American Writer's Workshop, Jack Jones Literary Arts, and Paragraph NY. Sabrina is the author of the chapbook Dyke (geology) with Black Lawrence Press, and their essay collection, How Far the Light Reaches, is forthcoming with Little, Brown. Find Sabrina on Twitter @aznfusion.

Tatiana Johnson-Boria

Tatiana Johnson-Boria (she/her/hers) is a writer, artist and educator. Her work was selected as a finalist for the Black Warrior Review Poetry Contest (2020), the Solstice Literary Poetry Prize (2020) and received honorable mention for the Auburn Witness Poetry Prize in the Southern Humanities Review, judged by Vievee Francis. She’s also received honorable mention for the 2020 Academy of American Poets Prize and is a 2017 Pushcart Prize nominee. Tatiana’s writing explores identity, trauma, especially inherited trauma, and what it means to heal. She completed her MFA in Creative Writing at Emerson College. Find her work in or forthcoming at Ploughshares, New Delta Review, Foundry and others.

Vincent Chavez

Vincent Chavez is a Chicano writer from Santa Paula, California. He is a Voices of Our Nation Arts Foundation alumni and his work has appeared in The Masters Review. He is currently at work on a linked story collection, which explores the intersections between class, race, assimilation, and privilege among several Mexican-American working class families in Ventura County, California. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in English from the University of California, Berkeley, and in his final year in Virginia Commonwealth University's MFA Program, studying fiction. Find Vincent on Instagram: @vtchavez.