SPRING 2011

Second-year poetry Fellow KIRSTEN ANDERSEN's poetry appears most recently in Tin HouseDossier, and Crab Orchard Review. A recent finalist for the Ruth Lilly Prize, she is a former Wallace Stegner fellow and the recipient of grants and awards from the Edward Albee Foundation and the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts. 
She reads her poem "The First Few Hours."

Poetry Fellow JACOB SHORES-ARGÜELLO received his MFA from the University of Arkansas, where he was the Walton Fellow in poetry. In 2004 he received a Fulbright fellowship to Ukraine. He grew up in Costa Rica and Oklahoma City. 
He reads two poems "Graduation Day" and "Listening Device."

Poetry Fellow MALACHI BLACK's work has appeared or is forthcoming inPoetry, Boston Review, Southwest Review, The Iowa Review, AGNI Online, Gulf Coast, Columbia, Pleiades, Indiana Review, and elsewhere. His poem "Traveling by Train" was selected by Mark Strand for inclusion in the Best New Poets 2008 anthology. The recipient of a 2009 Ruth Lilly Fellowship, he has also received fellowships from The MacDowell Colony and the University of Texas at Austin's Michener Center for Writers. He was a John Atherton Scholar at the 2010 Bread Loaf Writers' Conference. 
He reads his poem, "Quarantine."

Fiction Fellow BORIS FISHMAN is at work on A Replacement Life, a novel about an unsuccessful writer who starts forging Holocaust restitution claims for old Soviet Jews in New York. He recently received his MFA in fiction from New York University. He was born in the former Soviet Union, and his family emigrated to the United States when he was nine. He has worked on the editorial staff of the New Yorker; edited the U.S. Senate report on Hurricane Katrina; served as the founding editorial director of a tech start-up; shoveled manure as a farm laborer; and led wilderness trips as a guide for Outdoor Bound. His reporting, criticism, and essays have appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, Vogue, the London Review of Books, the New Republic, and other publications. He reads an excerpt from his memoir "Finding Mr. Harrison."

Poetry Fellow REBECCA GAYLE HOWELL is a native of Kentucky. Her poems and translations have appeared or are forthcoming in Ecotone, The Massachusetts Review, Connotation Press, The Great River Review, and The Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion. Her documentary work has been collected in Plundering Appalachia (EarthWise) and This is Home Now: Kentucky's Holocaust Survivors Speak (University Press of Kentucky). She has taught creative writing at the University of Kentucky and Morehead State University, and is a former director of The Women Writers Conference. She holds an MFA from Drew University.

She reads three poems "How to Kill a Hog," "How to Kill A Rooster," and "How to Learn Your Place"

Second-year fiction Fellow CHERI JOHNSON was raised in Lake of the Woods County, Minnesota. She studied writing at Augsburg College, Hollins University, and the University of Minnesota. Her fiction, poetry, plays, and reviews have been published in Phantasmagoria, The Rio Grande Review, Glimmer Train Stories, New South, Cerise Press, Pleiades, and Puerto Del Sol. Her chapbook of poems, Fun & Games, was released by Finishing Line Press in 2009. She has won fellowships from the Bush Foundation, the McKnight Foundation, and the Loft Literary Center, as well as the Glimmer Train Stories Fiction Open and the Dorothy and Granville Hicks Residency in Literature at Yaddo. She is a fiction reader for the online literary magazine Our Stories, and writes grants for musicians and other artists.

She reads an excerpt from her novel-in-progress, "Tina."

Fiction Fellow ANDREW MEREDITH grew up in Philadelphia and has lived most of his life there. He holds a BA from Temple University and an MFA from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He's working on a novel and a non-fiction project.

He reads his memoir in progress, "The Removers."

Fiction Fellow CHRISTOPHER SHORTSLEEVE received his MFA from New York University. He is at work on a novel about gangs, sex trafficking, and the legacy of Black Power in Newark, New Jersey.

He reads an excerpt from his novel in progress, "From Brick City With Love."

Poetry Fellow MARCUS WICKER's poems have appeared or are forthcoming injubilat, Crab Orchard Review, Hayden's Ferry Review, Harpur Palate, Rattle,Ninth Letter, Sou'Wester, DIAGRAM, and cream city review, among other journals. He is a native of Ann Arbor, Michigan, and has held fellowships from Cave Canem and Indiana University, where he received his MFA. His manuscript Maybe the Saddest Thing was a finalist for the 2010 Beatrice Hawley First Book Award from Alice James Books.

He reads three poems, "When Faced with the Statement, 'There are more Black Men in Jail then College' I Think Order Of Operations," "Who In Their Right MInd Thinks They Can Put A Stop To Hip Hop If It Don't Stop Till I Stop, and I Don't Stop Till It Stops" and "The Break Beat Break"