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Tin House is honored to have hosted the following scholarship winners during our annual Summer Workshop.


Ramona Ausubel (2010) is the author of A Guide to Being Born and No One is Here Except All of Us, winner of the PEN USA Award for Fiction and Finalist for the NY Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review Daily and One Story.

Melissa Barrett’s (2010) poems have been published in Narrative, Gulf Coast, Web Conjunctions, and Best New Poets 2013. She is the recipient of an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award and a Galway Kinnell Scholarship from the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley. She lives and teaches in Columbus, Ohio.

Lucy Biederman (2010) is the author of four chapbooks. In 2013, she was nominated for a Pushcart Prize and was a finalist for the Best of the Net. Her poetry has appeared in BOMB, Denver Quarterly, and elsewhere. She is a doctoral student in English Literature at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette.

Val Brelinski (2014) is a former Stegner Fellow and Jones Lecturer at Stanford University and currently teaches creative writing in their continuing studies program. She received an MFA in fiction writing from the University of Virginia. Her debut novel, The Girl Who Slept With God, is forthcoming from Viking Press in 2015.

Shannon Cain’s (2008) first book, The Necessity of Certain Behaviors, won the 2011 Drue Heinz Literature Prize. Her stories have been awarded an NEA fellowship, the O. Henry Prize, and two Pushcarts. She lives in Paris and works as a manuscript consultant and writing coach.

Cody Carvel (2014) holds a BA in English and African-American Studies (Harvard) and an MFA in Writing (USF). His work has appeared in Mirage #4 Period(ical), the Harvard Advocate, Userlands (ed. Dennis Cooper), and Edna. In 2012 he was a fellow at the Millay Colony. He is married to the famous playwright and director Julia Jarcho.

Chip Cheek (2008) is the head instructor at Grub Street, a creative writing nonprofit in Boston. His stories have appeared in The Southern Review, Harvard Review, and elsewhere. He’s been awarded scholarships to the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and Vermont Studio Center and is currently at work on a novel.

Jaquira Díaz  (2014) is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize, an NEA Fellowship to the Hambidge Center for the Arts, and fellowships from the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing and The MacDowell Colony. Her work was noted in Best American Essays and appears in Ploughshares, The Kenyon Review, The Sun, and elsewhere.

Jesse Donaldson (2013) was born and raised in Kentucky and is a graduate of The Michener Center for Writers. He’s worked as a groundskeeper for the Houston Astros, a maintenance man, and a gardener. His novel The More They Disappear is forthcoming from Thomas Dunne/St. Martin’s.

Casey Fleming  (2014) is a writer and teacher in Houston, where she co-founded the Poison Pen Reading Series. Her work appears in Gulf Coast and Fourth Genre, among other publications, and she publishes weekly “sermons” on (Non)Secular Girl.com. She was a finalist for the 2014 Iowa Review Prize in Nonfiction.

Vishwas Gaitonde (2013) contributes a monthly essay to The Prague Revue, a literary magazine based in Prague, Czech Republic. Recent fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in The Iowa Review, Chariton Review, and Bellevue Literary Review.

Nick Greer (2014) lives in Tucson where he’s pursuing an MFA Creative Writing at the University of Arizona. His writing has been published in Anamesa.

Alan Heathcock’s (2010) VOLT was a “Best Book” selection by GQ, Publishers Weekly, Salon, and was named as a NY Times Editors’ Choice and a finalist for the Barnes and Noble Discover Prize. Heathcock has won a Whiting Award, GLCA New Writers Award, and has been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Lannan Foundation.

Elliott Holt’s (2008) short fiction and essays have appeared in The New York Times, VQR, Guernica, Kenyon Review online, The Millions, and the 2011 Pushcart Prize anthology. Her first novel, You Are One of Them was a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice and a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle’s inaugural John Leonard Award.

Bryan Hurt’s (2011) stories have appeared in The American Reader, Kenyon Review, New England Review, TriQuarterly, among others. He’s been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, named a finalist for the Calvino Prize, and has received fellowships from the Tin House Writers Workshop and the University of Southern California, where he received his Ph.D. His first book, an anthology of surveillance-themed stories, will be published by OR Books in March 2015.

Allison Hutchcraft’s (2012) poems have appeared in American Letters & Commentary, Barrow Street, the Beloit Poetry Journal, Crazyhorse, The Cincinnati Review, The Kenyon Review, and other journals. She received her MFA from Purdue University and currently teaches creative writing at the University of North Carolina—Charlotte.

Tracey Knapp’s (2013) manuscript, Mouth, won the 42 Miles Press Poetry Award in 2014 and will be published in September 2015. A recipient of a Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Prize, Tracey’s work has appeared in Best New Poets 2008 and 2010, Five Points, New Ohio Review, The Minnesota Review and elsewhere.

Jon Lewis Katz (2014) has received a Charles Pick Fellowship, an Alonzo Davis Fellowship, and a BRIO award from the Bronx Council on the Arts, and has also completed a residency at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts. At present, he is at work on a collection of stories about West Indians in New York City.

Sophie Klahr’s (2010) poetry, essays, and reviews have appeared in Ploughshares, The Rumpus, Gulf Coast, and Sycamore Review, among other journals. Her manuscript “Meet Me Here At Dawn” was a finalist for both the 2014 Felix Pollak/Brittingham Prize in Poetry and the Colorado Prize in Poetry. She is the poetry editor of Gigantic Sequins.

Kelly Luce (2011) is the author of Three Scenarios in Which Hana Sasaki Grows a Tail, which won Foreword Review’s Editor’s Choice Prize in Fiction. Her work has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Salon, Electric Literature, and other places. She’s a fellow at the Michener Center, and editor-in-chief of Bat City Review.

Marni Ludwig (2010) is the author of Pinwheel, winner of 2012 New Issues Poetry Prize and Little Box of Cotton and Lightning, chosen by Susan Howe for a 2011 Poetry Society of America Chapbook fellowship. Individual poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Boston Review, Boulevard, FIELD, Gulf Coast, and Poetry Northwest.

Will Mackin (2012) spent 23 years in the Navy. He now lives in New Mexico, far from any ocean. His work has appeared in Tin House, The New Yorker, and DIAGRAM.

Kate Milliken (2011) is the author of If I’d Known You Were Coming, which won the 2013 John Simmons Award for Short Fiction. Kate had the pleasure of working with Joy Williams and Benjamin Percy at Tin House. Find her here on twitter @katedmilliken.

Michael Montlack (2008) is the author of the poetry book Cool Limbo (NYQ Books, 2011) and the editor of the Lambda Finalist essay anthology My Diva: 65 Men on the Women Who Inspire Them (University of Wisconsin Press, 2009). He lives in New York City, where he teaches at Berkeley College.

David Naimon’s (2009) writing has appeared in Tin House, Fourth Genre, ZYZZYVA and StoryQuarterly among others.  He lives in Portland, Oregon where he hosts the literary radio show Between The Covers (KBOO 90.7 FM).

Angela Peñaredondo (2014) is a poet, artist and graduate student at the University of California, Riverside. She is a recipient of a University of California Institute for Research in the Arts Grant and Gluck Fellowship. Her works have appeared in Sin Fronteras, Thrush, Solo Novo, Ghost Town and elsewhere.

Lyz Pfister (2011) is a freelance writer and translator based in Berlin. Her work has been featured in S T I L L, No Man’s Land, and The Bastille, among others. She is the poetry editor of SAND, Berlin’s English-language literary journal, and the author of the food and culture blog Eat Me. Drink Me.

David James Poissant (2013) is the author of The Heaven of Animals: Stories. His work has appeared in The Atlantic, Glimmer Train, The New York Times, One Story, Playboy, Ploughshares, The Southern Review, and in the Best New American Voices anthology. He teaches in the MFA program at the University of Central Florida.

Zana Previti (2014) was born and raised in New England. She earned her MFA in fiction from the University of California, Irvine and is currently pursuing her MFA in poetry from the University of Idaho. She is at work on collection of poetry, mostly about monsters, and a novel.

Kathryn Scanlan’s (2013) work has appeared or is forthcoming in NOON, Gigantic, Caketrain, and Pastelegram. Her story “The Old Mill” was chosen by Michael Cunningham for the 2010 Iowa Review Fiction Prize. She currently lives in Los Angeles and is the nonfiction editor of MAKE Magazine.

James Scott is the author of the novel The Kept. His short fiction has appeared in One Story, Ploughshares, and various other journals and anthologies.

Ben Shattuck (2012) was a Teaching-Writing Fellow at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He recently taught fiction at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.  He’s written nonfiction for Salon.com, The Paris Review Daily, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, and The Morning News, among others.  He exhibits paintings and is currently working on a novel.

Zack Strait (2014) is on the black-and-white side of the rainbow, completing his MFA at Wichita State University. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in a number of wonderful journals, including POETRY and BOAAT. Beyond writing, his interests include Wacky Packages, Micro Machines, and other relics of his bygone childhood.

Caroline O’Connor Thomas (2014) is a poet and constant stranger living in Oakland, California. She recently received the Russell and Yvonne Lannan Prize awarded by the Academy of American Poets and obtained her M.F.A from St. Mary’s College of California, where she was awarded the Judith Lee Stronatch scholarship.

Rebecca Wadlinger’s (2008) writing and translations have appeared in Best New Poets, Ploughshares, Tin House, and more. She received her MFA from the Michener Center for Writers in Austin and a PhD from the University of Houston. She lives in Portland OR.

Laura Maylene Walter (2013) is the author of the story collection Living Arrangements (BkMk Press, 2011) and the fiction editor of Mid-American Review. Her writing has appeared in The Sun, Poets & Writers, and various literary journals. She’s working on a novel about girls and stars and skin.

Olga Zilberbourg (2014) was born in Russia and lives in San Francisco. She published two fiction collections in Russian, and in English her work has appeared in Narrative Magazine, Santa Monica Review, eleven eleven journal, and other print and online publications.