Current Fellows

Current Fellows

Visual Arts Fellows

  • SARAH AUBRY was born in France and currently resides and works in Montreal (Canada). She received a MFA from the University of Aix-Marseille in France and worked for 10 years in Paris as a graphic designer. Relocating to Montreal and changes associated with immigrating to a new milieu gave her the opportunity to return to practicing 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 the artist-run centre and studio Graff in Montreal where she is an active member since 2013.

  • XINYI CHENG was born in a riverside city in the south of China, and moved to Beijing when she was very young. She attended Tsinghua University in Beijing (BA), Maryland Institute College of Art (MFA), and Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture. She has participated in the AIM program at the Bronx Museum of the Arts, and has received a fellowship to the Vermont Studio Center. She is a recent artist-in-residence at the Lower East Side Printshop. She is based in Brooklyn, New York.

  • ERIN DIEBBOLL was raised in Massachusetts and has since been based in Brooklyn and the San Francisco Bay Area. She’s been granted residencies at Headlands Center for the Arts (2015), Kala Art Institute (2014), The Tsarino Foundation in Bulgaria (2012), 4Heads Governors Island Summer Studios (2012), the Vermont Studio Center with a fellowship from the Joan Mitchell Foundation (2012), LMCC’s Swing Space on Governors Island (2011), and the Lower East Side Printshop (2009-2010). She received her BFA from Cooper Union (2006) with a semester at the Rietveld Akademie, Amsterdam. 

  • Second-year Fellow, HEIDI HAHN has recently finished her M.F.A. at Yale University. She graduated from Cooper Union in 2006 and attended Skowhegan, School of Painting and Sculpture in 2010. She is based in Brooklyn, New York.

  • ISAAC MCCASLIN was born in 1989, raised in Louisiana, and received his B.F.A in Painting in Georgia in 2013 at the Savannah College of Art and Design. McCaslin is an award winning Artist currently based in Savannah receiving such honors as the 2014 Warden Family Foundations 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, TX. He received his BFA in Printmaking from Texas State University in 2011 and that same year 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 in 2013 he was included in State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now at the Crystal Bridges Museum of Art. Menchaca is a recipient of numerous awards and residencies including Artist Foundation of San Antonio (2011), Serie Project at Coronado Studios (2012), Vermont Studio Center (2013), and the Peter St. Onge Memorial Travel Grant, Sri Lanka (2013). He completed his MFA in Printmaking from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2015.

  • Second-year Fellow, JENNIFER PACKER was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and holds an MFA in Painting and Printmaking from Yale University. Packer was the recipient of the Rema Hort Mann Foundation Grant (2012) and a resident at The Studio Museum in Harlem (2011-12). Packer currently lives and works in New York.

  • AARON RICHMOND holds a Bachelor's in Intellectual History from the University of King’s College (Nova Scotia, 2001), a Master's of Philosophy from the University of Cambridge (Cambridge, 2005), and a Master's of Fine Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art (Baltimore, 2014). He was born in Toronto and is now based in Montreal and Brooklyn. 

  • AMY RITTER (Philadelphia, PA) received her BFA from Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA and her MFA from The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH. She has shown work at the Woodmere Museum, Philadelphia, PA; she will be exhibiting her work at Fleisher Art Memorial part of their Wind Challenge 2016-2017 exhibition series, Philadelphia, PA; a solo exhibition at the Arlington Arts Center in spring 2016, Arlington, VA; and 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.

  • DAVE WALSH is based in Philadelphia where he received his B.F.A from Tyler School of Art in 2010. He attended the Dumfries House Artist Residency in 2014 located in Easy Ayrshire, Scotland. Walsh has recently completed his second year at Yale University where he received his M.F.A.

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.

  • Fiction Fellow ASAKO SERIZAWA was born in Japan and spent her pre-college life in Singapore, Jakarta, and Tokyo. She completed her BA in English and French at Tufts University, her MA in English and American literature at Brown University, and her MFA in creative writing at Emerson College. A recipient of a Glenna Luschei Prairie Schooner Award and the O. Henry Award, she has also received grants from the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation and the Vermont Studio Center. Her stories have appeared in The Southern Review, Prairie Schooner, The Antioch Review, The Hudson Review, and the 2013 O. Henry Prize Stories anthology.

  • Poetry Fellow SAFIYA SINCLAIR was born and raised in Montego Bay, Jamaica, and received her MFA in poetry at the University of Virginia. She is the author of Catacombs, a chapbook of poetry and essays, and her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Prairie Schooner, The Cincinnati Review, The Journal, Devil's Lake, Atlas Review, and elsewhere. She is a recipient of the Amy Clampitt Residency Award, an Emerging Writer Fellowship from Aspen Summer Words, and an Academy of American Poets Prize. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in literature and creative writing at the University of Southern California, where she is a Dornsife Doctoral Fellow.