Current Fellows

Current Fellows

Visual Arts Fellows

  • SARAH AUBRY was born in France and currently resides and works in Montreal.  She received an MFA from the University of Aix-Marseille in France and worked for ten years in Paris as a graphic designer. Relocating to Montreal and the changes associated with immigrating to a new milieu gave her the opportunity to return to the practice of painting.  Furthermore, the desire to develop her art practice by learning different printing techniques - such as photoengraving, Japanese woodcut, and collagraphy - led her to join Montreal's artist-run center and studio Graff, where she has been an active member since 2013.

  • ERIN DIEBBOLL was raised in Massachusetts and has been based in Brooklyn and the San Francisco Bay Area. She’s been granted residencies at Headlands Center for the Arts, Kala Art Institute, Tsarino Bulgaria, the Vermont Studio Center, LMCC’s Swing Space on Governors Island and the Lower East Side Printshop. She received her BFA from Cooper Union. 

  • Second-year Fellow HEIDI HAHN recently finished her MFA at Yale University.  She graduated from Cooper Union and also attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.  She is based in Brooklyn.

  • MARISA MANSO received her MFA from Yale School of Art in 2015 and her BFA from Rhode Island School of Design in 2008.  She was born in California, but grew up abroad and has lived, among other places, in Brussels, Mexico City, and Brooklyn.  Her work has been shown in galleries including BRIC Arts Media in Brooklyn, Mixed Greens Gallery in Chelsea, Pictura Dordrecht in Holland, and Sub-samson in Boston.

  • ISAAC MCCASLIN was born and raised in Louisiana, and received his BFA in Painting from the Savannah College of Art and Design.   He is currently based in Savannah and has received such honors as the 2014 Warden Family Foundation's Best in Painting Award at the Boardwalk Art Show in Virginia Beach and the London International Creative Competition’s Talent-of-the-Year award for 2011. His work has been acquired into the permanent collection of the Leslie-Lohman Museum in New York City.

  • MICHAEL MENCHACA was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. He received his BFA in Printmaking from Texas State University and his MFA in Printmaking from the Rhode Island School of Design, and he also attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. In 2012, he was given his first museum solo-show at the Austin Museum of Art, and he was included in State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now at the Crystal Bridges Museum of Art. He is the recipient of numerous awards and residencies, including from the Artist Foundation of San Antonio, the Serie Project at Coronado Studios, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Peter St. Onge Memorial Travel Grant to Sri Lanka. 

  • Second-year Fellow JENNIFER PACKER was born in Philadelphia and holds an MFA in Painting and Printmaking from Yale University.  She is the recipient of the Rema Hort Mann Foundation Grant and was a resident at The Studio Museum in Harlem.  She currently lives and works in New York City.

  • 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 and Brooklyn. 

  • AMY RITTER received her BFA from the Tyler School of Art and her MFA from The Ohio State University. She has shown work at the Woodmere Museum in Philadelphia; she will be exhibiting her work at Fleisher Art Memorial as part of their Wind Challenge 2016-2017 exhibition series as well as a solo exhibition at the Arlington Arts Center in spring 2016; and she has also exhibited in Vermont, Kentucky, Ohio, Minneapolis, and Denmark. Ritter has received a fellowship at the Vermont Studio Center and a MiXER residency at D’ Clinic, Lendava, Slovenia. She lives in Philadelphia.

  • DAVE WALSH is based in Philadelphia, where he received his BFA from the Tyler School of Art in 2010, and he recently completed his MFA at Yale University.  In 2014, he received the Dumfries House Artist Residency in Easy Ayrshire, Scotland. 

Writing Fellows

  • Poetry Fellow LESLIE MARIE AGUILAR originally hails from the heartland of Texas. She has served as the Poetry Editor of Indiana Review and received her MFA from Indiana University. She is the recipient of a National Society of Arts and Letters Chapter Career Award and the Washington Square Poetry Award. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Bellingham Review, Iron Horse Literary Review, Ninth Letter, Rattle, Spillway, and Southern Indiana Review, among other publications. Her chapbook, Mesquite Manual, was published this year by New Delta Review.

  • Poetry Fellow A.H. JERRIOD AVANT was born in Longtown, Mississippi. A graduate of Jackson State University, he has earned M.F.A. degrees from Spalding University and New York University, where he was a Writers’ in the Public Schools Fellow, and he is an alumnus of the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop at Brown University. His poems have appeared in Callaloo, Boston Review, Mississippi Review, Louisville Review, Pinwheel, the Rumpus, and other journals. A Finalist for the 2015 Mississippi Review Prize, Jerriod is the recipient of two Pushcart Prize nominations, the Joseph McCrindle Online Editorial Fellowship from Poets & Writers, and a Vermont Studio Center residency.

  • Fiction Fellow TIA CLARK is from Elmsford, New York, and received an MFA in fiction from Indiana University in 2015. She is the recipient of the 2013 Ross Lockridge Jr. Award for fiction, a "Writer in the World" travel fellowship to Nepal, and the 2015 Ledig House International Writers' Colony Residency Fellowship. Her work has appeared in American Short Fiction, FiveChapters, Fourteen Hills, Epiphany, and BLACKBERRY: a magazine.

  • Poetry Fellow ALLISON DAVIS is the author of Poppy Seeds, winner of the Wick Poetry Chapbook Award. Her poems have appeared in The New Republic, CutBank, Black Warrior Review, Connotation Press, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA from Ohio State University and was a recipient of The Severinghaus Beck Scholarship for Study at Vilnius Yiddish Institute and a Wallace Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University. She was born and raised near Youngstown, Ohio, where her family has operated a laundromat and a motel for over fifty years.

  • Second-year Fiction Fellow CHRISTA FRASER grew up in the farmlands of California's Central Valley and considers as her home the beaches and mountains of the state's Central Coast. After graduating from the Iowa Writers' Workshop with an MFA in fiction in 2012, she spent two months at the MacDowell Colony working on a novel. Her fiction has appeared in The Missouri Review.

  • Fiction Fellow ANUSHKA JASRAJ is a writer from Bombay. She holds a BFA in Film Production from NYU, and an MFA in creative writing from the New Writers Project at the University of Texas-Austin. She was a regional winner of the 2012 Commonwealth Short Story Prize for Asia, and her work has appeared in Granta online, Internazionale, and Four Quarters Magazine.

  • Second-year Poetry Fellow SARA ELIZA JOHNSON is the author of Bone Map, which was selected for the 2013 National Poetry Series. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Boston Review, Ninth Letter, Pleiades, Meridian, Best New Poets, Salt Hill, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers' Award, two Winter Fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, a scholarship to the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, and an Academy of American Poets Prize from the University of Utah, where she is currently a Ph.D student in the Literature & Creative Writing program. 

  • Fiction Fellow SOPHIA LIN grew up in Maryland and New Jersey. She holds a BA from Brown University and an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her work has received support from the Millay Colony, the Napa Valley Writers’ Conference, and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference.

  • ASAKO SERIZAWA was born in Japan and spent her pre-college life in Singapore, Jakarta, and Tokyo. She's a graduate of Tufts University, Brown University, and Emerson College, where she completed her MFA in Creative Writing. Her stories have appeared or are forthcoming in The Southern Review, Prairie Schooner, The Antioch Review, The Hudson Review, and Witness. In addition to grants from the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation and the Vermont Studio Center, her work has received a Glenna Luschei Prairie Schooner Award, a Pushcart Prize, and an O. Henry Prize.

  • SAFIYA SINCLAIR was born and raised in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Her first full-length collection, Cannibal, won the 2015 Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry (University of Nebraska Press, 2016).  Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in PoetryThe Kenyon ReviewBoston ReviewGulf CoastThe Gettysburg ReviewTriQuarterlyPrairie SchoonerThe Iowa Review, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of a 2015 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation, the Amy Clampitt Residency Award, and won the 2015 Boston Review Annual Poetry Contest. She received her MFA in poetry at the University of Virginia, and is currently a PhD candidate in literature and creative writing at the University of Southern California.