SHANKPAINTER 55: SPRING 2015

Poetry Fellow ALEN HAMZA was born in Bosnia-Herzegovina and immigrated to the United States when he was fifteen. He received a BA from Wesleyan University and an MFA from the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas-Austin. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Better: Culture & Lit, Crazyhorse, Fence, Forklift Ohio, Narrative, and elsewhere.

First-year Poetry Fellow Alen Hamza reads the poems “Summertime,” “Where Love Naps, There Nip I,” and “The Underground.”

Fiction Fellow STEPHANIE SOILEAU was born and raised in Lake Charles, Louisiana, but has spent most of her adult life in Chicago and the San Francisco Bay area. She holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop and was a Truman Capote Fellow in the Wallace Stegner Fellowship Program at Stanford University, where she has also a been lecturer for the past five years. Her work has appeared in Glimmer Train, Ecotone, Tin House, and other journals and anthologies, and she received a literature fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts to continue work on a novel, which she very much hopes to finish while in residence at the Fine Arts Work Center.

First-year Fiction Fellow Stephanie Soileau reads from her novel-in-progress, Terre Bonne.

Poetry Fellow APRIL FREELY graduated from Brown University and the University of Iowa, where she received an MFA in nonfiction. Her work has appeared in Seneca Review, Ninth Letter, and Gulf Coast. A Cleveland native, she has received a 2014 Individual Excellence Award from the Ohio Arts Council.

First-year Poetry Fellow April Freely reads the poems “Green Hill with Bicycle” and “Limbo.”

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.

First-year Fiction Fellow Christa Fraser reads from her novel-in-progress, The Head of the Famous Bandit.

Poetry Fellow LAURA EVE ENGEL's work has appeared in the Boston Review, Colorado Review, Crazyhorse, Columbia Poetry Review, Tin House, VOLT, and elsewhere. A recipient of the Jay C. and Ruth Halls Fellowship from the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, she is the Residential Program Director of the U.Va. Young Writers Workshop. She lives in Brooklyn.

First-year Poetry Fellow Laura Eve Engel reads the poems “Home on the Range” and “If I Were to Rise Up All Colorless.”

Fiction Fellow YOUNG RADER holds an MFA from Washington University in St. Louis, where he was a Third Year Fellow. His work can be found in Little Star, New England Review, and elsewhere.

First-year Fiction Fellow Young Rader reads from his novel-in-progress, The Riparian Book.

Poetry Fellow SOPHIA STARMACK received an MA in French and Francophone Literature from Bryn Mawr College and an MFA in Poetry from Sarah Lawrence College. Her work has appeared in Best New Poets 2012, This Assignment is So Gay: LGBTIQ Poets on the Art of Teaching, and other publications.

First-year Poetry Fellow Sophia Starmack reads the poems “The Call,” “Anthony and the Night Visit,” and “Kitten.”  “Anthony and the Night Visit” first appeared in The Boiler.

Fiction Fellow CECILY SCUTT lives in Perth, on Australia’s west coast, and her work has appeared in the Australian literary journals Southerly, Westerly, Hecate, indigo, Eidolon; on national radio; and in anthologies including Dreaming Down Under, which won a World Fantasy Award. A winner of the 2014 Eleanor Dark Flagship Fellowship for Fiction, she has been the recipient of residencies at KSP Writer’s Centre, the Fellowship of Australian Writers, and at the national writing center Varuna in the Blue Mountains. She holds a PhD in anthropology from Murdoch University, works with graduate students and faculty research writers, and is currently immersed in a novel.

First-year Fiction Fellow Cecily Scutt reads from her novel-in-progress, Inundation.

Second-year poetry Fellow REBECCA GAYLE HOWELL is the author of Render / An Apocalypse, which was selected by Nick Flynn for the 2012 Cleveland State University Poetry Center's First Book Prize and is a current finalist for ForeWord Review's 2013 Book of the Year. Howell is also the translator of Amal al-Jubouri's Hagar Before the Occupation / Hagar After the Occupation (Alice James Books, 2011). Her homeplace is Lexington, Kentucky.

Second-year Poetry Fellow Rebecca Gayle Howell reads the poems “No One Was Born Here,” “I’m Covered in it Right Now,” “I’ll Spare You the Details,” and   “Persons Held to Service and Labor.”  “No One Was Born Here” first appeared in Oxford American.

Second-year fiction Fellow ANNIE SLONIKER is a graduate of Harvard and the Iowa Writers' Workshop. She has been the recipient of residencies at Yaddo and the Ucross Foundation, and her work has appeared in A Public Space. She grew up in Nebraska, spent several years in Boston, and most recently taught English as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ukraine.

Second-year Fiction Fellow Annie Sloniker reads from her novel-in-progress, The Tallying of Miracles.