Lit Fest Fellows 2017

Applications for the 2018 fellowships are now open! Click here to learn more or meet our judges. The 2018 recipients will be announced in early April.

For 2017, we had the honor of reviewing applications from talented writers all over the country, and we’re pleased to announce the following fellows:

Terry Dodd Memorial Fellowship for Dramatic Writing: Leticia Darlina Tanguma

Finalists:  Jessica Austgen, Melissa Lucero McCarl, Tracy Shaffer, and Carolyn Getches

Selected by: Aleshea Harris

Judge's statement: “Though each of the selections I experienced are compelling, Daughters of Aztlán is for me the strongest. The writer seems to have a clear understanding of the world, its characters and the arc of the narrative. I especially appreciate being sincerely surprised by the supernatural bend, delighted by the humor, and concerned for the plight of these richly drawn human beings. I am pleased to give this work my recommendation.”

Bio: Leticia Darlina Tanguma has contributed artwork and poetry to the Gathering Place’s quarterly Day by Day publications and to the book, One Day, One Night at a Time: Women Write of Poverty, Homelessness, and Hope. As a visual artist, she includes poetry in social justice art projects that have toured at the Denver Art Museum Drawing Studio, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance School, and at Regis University. She has also received awards from the Puffin Foundation for illustration and story, and from the Denver Women’s Press Club for poetry and nonfiction. Currently, she attends insightful and joyful workshops facilitated by Lighthouse at The Gathering Place and Hard Times at the Denver Central Library.

Poetry: Aisha Down

Finalists: Elle Echo, Cody Deitz, Kamal Kimball, and Alicia Mountain

Selected by: Bojan Louis

Judge's statement: "The poems in this selection display a variety of skill and landscape. They are image driven and sensual, and offer the astute and lyrical narrations of a witness in unfamiliar places. The poems resonate and ask us to look into and see beyond the body and its pleasures. They glow with talent and promise."

Bio: During the day Aisha Down’s a reporter for a daily newspaper in Cambodia, and a translator of Khmer poetry and fiction. Working closely with the writer Tararith Kho, she's published translations in The St. Petersburg Review and Asia Magazine. She will publish her first poem in Consequence magazine this spring.  

Nonfiction: Michael Fischer

Finalists: Evie Bromiley, Nichole LeFebvre, Krista Valera Posell, Claire Cronin, and Cathy Bell

Selected by: Robin Black

Judge's statement: “I’m delighted to have read these opening pages. There is a great depth to them and a breadth of reference that serves the narrative perfectly. From the dreams of incarcerated men to the ‘Zen-like’ habits of bighorn sheep, this voice never stumbles, only draws steady, unexpected lines between personal experience and universal need—which happens to be exactly what a memoir is meant to do.”

Bio: Michael Fischer was released from state prison in 2015. He is managing editor of Sierra Nevada Review, assistant nonfiction editor of Profane, an interview contributor to Sixty Inches from Center, and a Moth Chicago StorySlam winner. His work appears or is forthcoming in The Sun, River Teeth, Hotel Amerika, The Rumpus, Hobart, and elsewhere.

Fiction: Evie Bromiley

Finalists: Alison Alexander, Caroline Bodian, Allison Johnson, Shara Davis, and Kathleen Bohland

Selected by: Joanna Luloff

Judge's statement: "It was great to spend time with these stories/excerpts. Each selection had its strengths, but my favorite is 'Cutting For Sign.' Right away, I was struck by the story's attention to detail—from the rusting car to the desert landscape to the textures of the grandfather's skin. Out of silence and subtext and subtly conveyed imagery and exchanges, the story thoughtfully engages the liminal space between borders—the geographic borders between the Sonora Desert of Mexico and Arizona, the figurative borders between the past and present carved from loss, and the emotional borders that bridge, but also make separate, these family members. I really appreciated the contemplation of space, the expansiveness of the desert juxtaposed with necessary invisibility, and the small spaces the characters seek to hide in.” 

Bio: Evie Bromiley is a recipient of a scholarship from the Aspen Institute, a Lisel Mueller scholarship, and an Elizabeth George Foundation grant. She is currently pursuing an MFA at Warren Wilson College. Her story “If the City Falls” appeared in AGNI in April, 2017. She began writing at Lighthouse several years ago, in Bill Henderson's advanced novel class.