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.


LESLIE MARIE AGUILAR reads her poems “Exile,” “Torch,” “Convalescence as a Blooming Landscape,” and “Seams.” 


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.


A.H. JERRIOD AVANT reads his poems “The Haunting,” “Catching,” “The Day a Cast of My Own Failures Rocked Me,” “We Were Being Detained,” and “Holy Stagger.” “Catching” first appeared in Pinwheel. “We Were Being Detained” is forthcoming in Voluble. “Holy Stagger” first appeared in Mississippi Review. 


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.

TIA CLARK reads from her story “It Walks Like a Duck,” which first appeared in No Tokens


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.

ALLISON DAVIS reads her poems “Song of the Dead Office,” “The Motel Clerk Gets Bad Reception of Cleveland’s 100.7-FM,” “Inheritance,” and “Dead Language.” These poems are forthcoming in The Missouri Review


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.

CHRISTA FRASER reads from her novel-in-progress The Head of the Famous Bandit


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.

ANUSHKA JASRAJ reads from her story “Circus.”


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, MeridianBest 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.


SARA ELIZA JOHNSON reads her poems “Combustion” and “Nanomachine: Rose Bush.” “Combustion” first appeared on the Academy of American Poets website. “Nanomachine: Rose Bush” first appeared in the North Dakota Review.


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

SOPHIA LIN reads from her story “Little Orange.” 


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..

ASAKO SERIZAWA reads from her story “The Visitor,” which first appeared in The Antioch Review and PEN / O. Henry Prize Stories 2013


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.

SAFIYA SINCLAIR reads her poems “Dreaming in Foreign,” “Portrait of Eve as the Anaconda,” and “Hands.” “Dreaming in Foreign” first appeared in The Sonora Review. “Portrait of Eve as the Anaconda” first appeared in Boston Review. “Hands” first appeared on the Academy of American Poets website.