Current Fellows

Current Fellows

Visual Arts Fellows

  • WILDER ALISON is an interdisciplinary artist and a recent graduate of the Bard MFA Painting program.  Alison has spent the past decade living between Brooklyn, Vermont and the Hudson Valley.  In recent years, Alison has exhibited work with 247365, Rachel Uffner, Culture Room, Primetime, and Garden Party Arts, among others.  Alison has apprenticed at the Fabric Workshop & Museum and has participated in residencies at the Lighthouse Works, Real Time & Space, Ox-Bow, and Vermont Studio Center.

  • AUSTIN BALLARD received his Masters from the Rhode Island School of Design and his Bachelors from the University of North Carolina in Charlotte, where he also served as an assistant professor in Textiles. Ballard has received a Joan Mitchell Foundation Sculpture Fellowship, a Windgate Foundation Fellowship, two Dan Bown Project Awards, and the Rhode Island School of Design Graduate Studies Grant. He has attended residencies at the Ox-Bow School of Art, the Vermont Studio Center, the Wassaic Project, the McColl Center for Art and Innovation and the Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop in Scotland. 

  • GEORGE JENNE was born in Richmond, VA. His films and videos are experimental narratives, marked by a convergence of literary and cinematic languages. He splits his time between North Carolina and New York, where he is represented by Freight + Volume. 

  • TROY MICHIE was born and raised in El Paso, Texas. He received his BFA from the University of Texas at El Paso and his MFA from the Yale School of Art. He has shown work at the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, and the Stedelijk Museums’ Hertogenbosch. He is the recipient of the Rema Hort Mann Emerging Artist Grant as well as residencies at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Workspace program and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.

  • ABRAHAM MURLEY was born in Victoria British Columbia and lives in Seattle. He received his BFA from Emily Carr University in Vancouver, and his MFA in painting and drawing from the University of Washington. He has recently had solo exhibitions at Winchester Galleries in Victoria, Skagit Valley College Art Gallery, and A Gallery in Seattle, and shown his work in group exhibitions at Linda Hodges Gallery in Seattle and The Alice and Pierre's Lagoon in Georgetown. 

  • JAGDEEP RAINA was born and raised in Guelph, Ontario. He completed his MFA Degree in the department of Painting at the Rhode Island School of Design and his BFA at the University of Western Ontario. 

  • AARON RICHMOND holds a BA in Intellectual History from the University of King’s College, an MA in Philosophy from the University of Cambridge, and an MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art. He was born in Toronto and is now based in Montreal.

  • BECKY SELLINGER is an artist living and working in Richmond VA. Becky received her BFA from SUNY Purchase in 2011, attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2012, and completed her MFA in Sculpture at Virginia Commonwealth University in 2015. Her work has been included in exhibitions at Practice Gallery, Pelham Arts Center, Artpark, and Socrates Sculpture Park amongst others. Becky’s work is humorous, often using her physical body as a site to engage a dialog around social conditioning and cultural perception of femininity. 

  • SABLE ELYSE SMITH is an interdisciplinary artist and writer born in Los Angeles California. Smith has received awards from Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, the Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art, Art Matters, and is a 2016 Creative Capital Fellow. She currently lives and works in New York City.

  • VICTORIA-IDONGESIT UDONDIAN received an MFA from Columbia University in New York City. She studied at the University of Uyo, Nigeria graduating with a BA in Painting in 2004. She won, Most Outstanding Production Award at the National Arts Competition in Lagos, 2013. Her works have been exhibited internationally at Fisher Landau centre for the Arts, New York; Historic  Columbia  Museum  site, Columbia,  South  Carolina,  US; Rush  Gallery,  New  York;  Flux Art fair, New  York;  Judith Charles Gallery, New York; Art 14 London Fair; Whitworth gallery in Manchester and Centre for Contemporary Arts, Lagos.

Writing Fellows

  • Second-Year Poetry Fellow A. H. JERRIOD AVANT is from Longtown, MS. A graduate of Jackson State University, he has earned M.F.A. degrees from Spalding University and New York University, where he was a Writer in the Public Schools Fellow. A graduate of the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop at Brown University, he has had poems appear in the Mississippi Review, Boston Review, Pinwheel, Louisville Review, The Rumpus, Callaloo, and other journals. He is the recipient of two Pushcart nominations, the Joseph F. McCrindle Online Editorial Fellowship from Poets & Writers, and a Vermont Studio Center residency.

  • Fiction Fellow JOSEPH CASSARA is a fiction writer originally from New Jersey. He holds degrees from Columbia University and the Iowa Writers' Workshop. He has previously taught in Barcelona and is currently working on a novel.

  • Poetry Fellow LEILA CHATTI is a Tunisian-American poet. She holds an MFA in poetry from North Carolina State University and has been awarded scholarships from the Tin House Writers’ Workshop, Dickinson House, and the Quest Writer’s Conference. Her poems have been recognized by Narrative Magazine’s 30 Below Contest, the Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Prize, and the Academy of American Poets, and appear or are forthcoming in Best New Poets, Narrative, North American Review, The Missouri Review, TriQuarterly, Indiana Review, Gulf Coast, and elsewhere. 

  • Fiction Fellow MICHAEL DEAGLER was born and raised in the northern suburbs of Philadelphia. He holds a BA from Temple University and an MFA from Rutgers University-Camden. His short fiction has appeared in Glimmer Train, New England Review, Slice, Electric Literature, and elsewhere.

  • Writing Fellow HILARY VAUGHN DOBEL holds an AB from Princeton University, an MA from University of Chicago, and an MFA in poetry and literary translation from Columbia University. She is also the translator of Nine Coins by Carlos Pintado (Akashic) and The Clouds by Juan José Saer (Open Letter). An editor at Circumference, her poetry and translations have appeared in Ploughshares, Boston Review, Kenyon Review Online, and the New York Times. She was born in Seattle and lives in Boston.

  • Fiction Fellow CORNELIUS FITZPATRICK was born in Brooklyn and grew up in New Jersey, California, and Georgia. He graduated with a BA from Columbia University in 2012 and an MFA from Colorado State University in 2015. His fiction has appeared in A Public Space, where he was a 2015 Emerging Writer Fellow

  • Fiction Fellow AKIL KUMARASAMY is a writer from New Jersey. She completed her MFA in fiction from the Helen Zell Writers’ Program at the University of Michigan, where she received a Henfield Prize, Frederick Busch Prize, and Meijer postgraduate fellowship. She was the 2013-2014 Charles Pick South Asian Fellow for fiction at the University of East Anglia. Her fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in the Boston ReviewGuernicaGlimmer Train, and The Massachusetts Review

  • Second-Year Fiction Fellow TOM MACHER grew up in New York, Georgia, California, and Louisiana. He is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where he received a Teaching-Writing Fellowship, and his short stories have appeared in Mississippi Review, Slice Magazine, Hobart, Bull, and Day One. A memoir about his time living in a halfway house in Louisiana is forthcoming from Scribner. 

  • Poetry Fellow PHILIP MATTHEWS is a St. Louis-based poet whose practice is rooted in Petal, a consciousness he explores through writing, drag performance, yoga, and collaborative work with photographers Carly Ann Faye and David Johnson. Poems have appeared in Denver Quarterly, Tammy, and Please Hold Magazine. As Assistant Curator of Public Projects at Pulitzer Arts Foundation, he curated an installation of video poetry and essay by Claudia Rankine, Thylias Moss, and John Bresland, as well as workshops by Bhanu Kapil that intersect bodywork and poetic rituals to dislodge systemic trauma. He received his MFA from Washington University in St. Louis.

  • Poetry Fellow SAM ROSS was born in Indiana and lives in New York City. His poems have appeared in Tin HouseGulf CoastNew RepublicIndiana ReviewGuernicaThe Offing, and other journals, and he has received support from the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center, and Columbia University, where he was a Teaching Fellow. He is an editor at Circumference: Poetry in Translation.