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Writing Fellowship


Established in 2014, the Writing Fellowships at A Public Space support early-career writers who embrace risk in their work and their own singular vision.

"Hard to believe how far this story has taken me, how it has given me permission to write more." (Arinze Ifeakandu, 2015 Writing Fellow). Join the community of supporters who help to make the Writing Fellowship at A Public Space possible.

About

The Writing Fellowships at A Public Space support writers who embrace risk in their work and their own singular vision. Writers who have not yet published a book are invited to apply. The three Fellows selected annually receive editorial support to prepare a piece for publication in the magazine; a $1,000 honorarium; complimentary access to all A Public Space Master Classes during the fellowship year; the opportunity to meet virtually with members of the publishing community and to participate in a public reading.


Application Details

Details on applying to the 2023 Writing Fellowships will be announced in the fall.

Writing Fellows

Indya Finch

is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where she received the Truman Capote Fellowship, and Sam Houston State University. She's also received the Meta and George Rosenberg Writers Room Fellowship for screenwriting and support from the Napa Valley Writers' Conference. Her work has appeared in Oxford American. She lives in Iowa City where she is at work on a novel and a collection of short stories.

Vivian Hu

is a writer and cellist from Texas. Her work can be found in Narrative, Triangle House Review, and elsewhere. She completed her MFA at Cornell University, where she currently teaches undergraduate creative writing. She lives in Ithaca, New York.

Kristin Keegan

lives in northern California. Her poetry has appeared in various literary journals, including the California Quarterly, the Southwest Review, Sacred Journey, and Plainsong. She began writing fiction a few years ago and recently completed a draft of a historical novel set in San Francisco in 1906. She's at work on a series of short stories.

Gustavo Rueda

was a 2021 Writing Fellow. At the time of his fellowship, he had written two unpublished novels in Spanish and was at work translating them into English. Previously, he'd had a career as a journalist in Mexico City.

Jazmine Harris

was a 2021 Writing Fellow. At the time of Her piece for the fellowship explored collective memory in the Bronzeville neighborhood in Chicago through photography, video, and text.

Kate Doyle

was a 2021 Writing Fellow. At the time of her fellowship, her work had appeared in Electric Literature, No Tokens, Anomaly, and Wigleaf. Her debut collection, I Meant It Once, will be published in 2023 by Algonquin.

Crawford Hunt

was a 2020 Writing Fellow. Previously unpublished at the time of her fellowship, she worked as a content producer for TED Talks and had previously received a Fulbright Fellowship to conduct oral histories with the speakers of the endangered Mayan language Tojolabal in Mexico.


Read her Fellowship story, "Smoking Cigarettes in West Texas," in A Public Space. No. 30

Rosemarie Ho

was a 2020 Writing Fellow. At the time of her fellowship, her work had appeared in the Nation, the Outline, and Popula.


Read her Fellowship story, "Nina and the Lime," in A Public Space No. 30

Katie Foster

was a 2020 Writing Fellow. At the time of her fellowship, she had worked at the Raven Book Store in Lawrence, Kansas; at the Lawrence Public Library; and as an editorial intern for BOMB magazine.


Read her Fellowship story, "Dreamweaver," in A Public Space No. 30. 

Sylvan Thomson

was a 2019 Writing Fellow. At the time of his fellowship, he was a recent graduate of the Helen Zell Writers' Program at the University of Michigan.


Read his Fellowship story, "This Is the Way," in A Public Space No. 29

Kyle Francis Williams

was a 2019 Writing Fellow. At the time of his fellowship, his work had appeared in Hobart; Full Stop, where he is the interviews editor; and the Chicago Review of Books.


Read his Fellowship story, "Family Therapy," in A Public Space No. 29

Vicki Madden

was a 2019 Writing Fellow. A New York City public school teacher, at the time of her fellowship her work had appeared in the New York Times.


Read her Fellowship essay, "Heart Problems," in A Public Space No. 29

Bruna Dantas Lobato

was a 2018 Writing Fellow. Born and raised in Natal, Brazil, at the time of her fellowship she was an MFA candidate in literary translation at the University of Iowa and working on original prose exploring notions of silence and disappearing. Her first book of literary translation, Caio Fernando Abreu's Moldy Strawberries, was published in 2022 by Archipelago.


Read her Fellowship story, "Diversions," in A Public Space No. 27

Deborah Taffa

was a 2018 Writing Fellow. A member of the Yuma Nation, at the time of her Fellowship her work had appeared in Brevity, Salon, the Rumpus, Prairie Schooner, Best American Travel Writing, and elsewhere; and she was co-writing Digadohi: Lands, Cherokee, and the Trail of Tears which aired on PBS. Her debut memoir, Whiskey Tender, received a PEN/Jean Stein Grant and will be published by Harper.


Read her Fellowship essay, "Almost Human," in A Public Space No. 27

LaToya Watkins

was a 2018 Writing Fellow. At the time of her fellowship, her work had appeared in McSweeney's Quarterly Concern, West Branch, and the Sun. Her debut novel, Perish, will be published in 2022 by Tiny Reparations.


Read her Fellowship story, "Tipping," in A Public Space No. 27

Cleo Mikutta

was a 2017 Writing Fellow. At the time of her fellowship, she had recently graduated from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam, where she worked on a series of hand-blown glass objects.


Read her Fellowship essay, "Meeting Points: Between and In Between Subject and Object," in A Public Space No. 26

Mindy Wong

was a 2017 Writing Fellow. Born on the outskirts of New York City's Chinatown, at the time of her fellowship she was working on a series of essays exploring cultural taboos; loss and silence; gentrification; and what's passed down from one generation to the next.


Read her Fellowship essay, "Other Homes," in A Public Space No. 26

Phoebe McIlwain Bright

was a 2017 Writing Fellow. At the time of her fellowship, she was working on a linked short story collection that follows three generations of a family in Oregon's western Cascades, where she'd worked as a whitewater rafting guide, ski lift operator, and photographer for a Northwest adventure company.


Read her Fellowship story, "Bergtagen," in A Public Space No. 26

Sasha Saben Callaghan

was a 2016 Writing Fellow. At the time of her fellowship, she was sixty years old and had only begun writing seriously three years earlier. Her projects included a graphic novel set in Victorian London on the short but remarkable life of Adelaide Foltinowicz.


Read her Fellowship essay, "A List of Some of the Things Martin Knows," in A Public Space No. 25

Kristen Gleason

was a 2016 Writing Fellow. At the time of her fellowship, she was a PhD candidate in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Georgia, and her work had appeared in Fence, Fairy Tale Review, and the Gettysburg Review.


Read her Fellowship story, "The Pale Pig," in A Public Space No. 25

Gothataone Moeng

was a 2016 Writing Fellow. Born in Serowe, Botswana, at the time of her fellowship she was an MFA candidate at the University of Mississippi and had been a finalist for the Driftless Prize in Fiction. Her debut collection, Call and Response, will be published in 2023 by Viking.


Read her Fellowship story, "Bodies," in A Public Space No. 25

Arinze Ifeakandu

was a 2015 Writing Fellow. At the time of his fellowship, he was a twenty-year-old student at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. His debut story collection, God's Children Are Little Broken Things, was published in 2022 by A Public Space Books.


Read his Fellowship story, "God’s Children Are Little Broken Things," in A Public Space No. 24

Cornelius FitzPatrick

was a 2015 Writing Fellow. At the time of his fellowship, he was a student in the Creative Writing MFA Program at Colorado State University and an associate editor at the Colorado Review.


Read his Fellowship story, "The Future of Statues," in A Public Space No. 24

Jai Chakrabarti

was a 2015 Writing Fellow. At the time of his fellowship, his work had appeared in Hayden's Ferry Review, the Coffin Factory, and the Statesman. His debut novel, A Play for the End of the World, was published in 2021 by Knopf.


Read his Fellowship story, "A Small Sacrifice for an Enormous Happiness," in A Public Space No. 24

Vanessa Hutchinson

was a 2014 Writing Fellow. At the time of her fellowship, she was writing about communities of color, with a particular focus on the Caribbean Diaspora on the East Coast, from Brooklyn to Florida.

Mahreen Sohail

was a 2014 Writing Fellow. At the time of her fellowship, she was working on a collection of short stories set in Pakistan and was visiting faculty at the National University of Sciences and Technology in Islamabad.


Read her Fellowship story, "Basic Training," in A Public Space No. 24

April Wolfe

was a 2014 Writing Fellow. At the time of her fellowship, her work had appeared in Unsaid, the Collagist, Quarterly West, and Broken Pencil; and she was the lead film critic for LA Weekly. She also directed two short films and had been a semi-professional wrestler.


Read her Fellowship story, "Trig Functions," in A Public Space No. 24

All Past Writing Fellows


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