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2023-24 WRITERS IN RESIDENCE 

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ANGIE ESTES (October 2023)

ANGIE ESTES is the author of six poetry books, including Enchantée (Kingsley Tufts Poetry Prize) and Tryst(one of two finalists for the 2010 Pulitzer Prize). Her many awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the NEA. She has served as professor of American literature and creative writing at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and has taught creative writing at Oberlin College, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Ohio State University.

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PAUL MADDERN (November 2023)

PAUL MADDERN was born in Bermuda and lives in Ireland. He has a PhD from Queen’s University Belfast, and has taught at the University of Leeds. He’s published four volumes of poetry, Kelpdings, The Beachcomber’s Report, Pilgrimage, and The Tipping Line, and received two Bermuda Government Literary Awards as well as awards from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. In 2021, he edited Queering the Green: Post-2000 Queer Irish Poetry. He owns and oper- ates The River Mill Writers Retreat in County Down.

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ADRIENNE RAPHEL (December 2023-January 2024)

ADRIENNE RAPHEL  is the author of Thinking Inside the Box: Adventures with Crosswords and the Puzzling People Who Can’t Live Without Them (Penguin Press), and the poetry collections Our Dark Academia (Rescue Press) and What Was It For (Rescue Press). Her writing appears in publications such as the New York Times Book Review, The New Yorker, and The Paris Review. Raphel holds a PhD from Harvard and an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop; she has taught at Princeton Writing Program.

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LISA KO (February/March 2024)

LISA KO  is the author of the nationally best-selling novel The Leavers, which was a 2017 National Book Award for Fiction finalist, won the 2016 PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction, and was a finalist for the 2018 PEN/Hemingway Award. Her short fiction has appeared in Best American Short Stories and her essays and nonfiction in The New York Times, The Believer, and elsewhere. Her second novel, Memory Piece, will be published in Spring 2024 by Riverhead Books.

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JUDITH DUPRÉ (April/May 2024)

JUDITH DUPRÉ  is a writer, structural historian, and public speaker. She’s the author of several bestselling works of narrative nonfiction on art, design, and architecture, including Skyscrapers and One World Trade Center, which chronicles the fourteen year rebuilding effort in lower Manhattan. Born in Providence, Rhode Island, she’s a graduate of Brown, where she earned degrees in English Literature and Studio Art. She also holds a M.Div. from Yale University.

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CINDY JUYOUNG OK (June 2024)

CINDY JUYOUNG OK  is this year’s winner of the Yale Younger Poets Prize, America’s longest-running poetry competition. Cindy Juyoung Ok is the author of Ward Toward (Yale University Press, 2024), a debut with poems found in New England Review, Poetry London, and The Sewanee Review. A MacDowell Fellow and Kenyon Review Fellow, she teaches undergraduate creative writing. 

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TOCHUKWU OKAFOR (August 2024)

TOCHUKWU OKAFOR is an MFA Fiction candidate at Emerson College and holds a master’s degree from Carnegie Mellon University. He has received support from the Elizabeth George Foundation, the John Anson Kittredge Fund, Aspen Words, Vermont Studio Cen- ter, Sewanee Writers’ Conference, Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Arts (MASS MoCA), and elsewhere. He is at work on a story collection and a novel. 

MERRILL FELLOWS / 1995-2023

Peter Hawkins (1995–1996)

Scott Westrem (1996–1997) 

Daniel Hall (1997–1998, YYP 1989) 

Annie Deppe (1998–1999) 

Ted Deppe (1998–1999) 

Aidan Wasley (1999–2000) 

Michael Madonick (2000–2001) 

Brigit Pegeen Kelly (2000–2001, YYP 1987) 

Molly McQuade (Fall 2001) 

Jeffrey Skinner (Spring 2002) 

Sarah Gorham (Spring 2002) 

Paul Merrill (Fall 2002) 

Matthew Zapruder (Spring 2003) 

Michael Tyrell (2003–2004) 

J.S. Marcus (2004–2005) 

Jason Zuzga (2005–2006) 

Michael Snediker (Fall 2006) 

Jacob Gamage (Spring 2007) 

Anna Potter (Spring 2007)

Rick Hilles (Fall 2007) 

Nancy Reisman (Fall 2007) 

Langdon Hammer (Spring 2008) 

Piotr Gwiazda (Fall 2008) 

Ivy Pochoda (Spring 2009) 

Cate Marvin (Fall 2009) 

Bruce Snider (Spring 2010) 

Christina Davis (2010) 

Josh Weil (Fall 2010) 

Jedediah Berry (Spring 2011) 

Will Schutt (Fall 2011, YYP 2012) 

Peter Filkins (Spring 2012) 

Lydia Conklin (September 2012) 

Amy Greacen (October 2012) 

Gimbiya Kettering (November 2012) 

Sally Ball (December 2012) 

James Reidel (Spring 2013) 

Dan O'Brien (June 2013) 

Caitlin Doyle (September 2013) 

Amy Beeder (October 2013) 

Mieke Eerkens (November 2013) 

Brittany Perham (December 2013-January 2014) 

Peter Kline (December 2013-January 2014)

Kelle Groom (Spring 2014)

Eryn Green (June 2014, YYP 2013)

Molly Anders (September 2014)

Ahimsa Timoteo Bodhrán (October 2014)

Anna Noyes (November 2014)

Adam Wilson (November 2014)

Kathleen Winter (December 2014-January 2015)

Damiano Abeni (Spring 2015)

Moira Egan (Spring 2015)

Ansel Elkins (June 2015, YYP 2014)

Kay Ryan (Invited Summer Fellow, July 2015)

Susan Steinberg (September 2015)

Julia Glass (October 2015)

Terese Svoboda (November 2015)

Geri Doran (December 2015-January 2016)

Adam Giannelli (Spring 2016)

Noah Warren (June 2016, YYP 2015)

Lorrie Moore (Invited Summer Fellow, July 2016)

Nate Klug (September 2016)

Catherine Pond (October 2016)

Jennifer Clarvoe (November 2016)

Caoilinn Hughes (December 2016-January 2017)

Mark Wunderlich (Spring 2017) 

Airea Dee Matthews (June 2017, YYP 2016) 

Walter Perrie (August 2017)

Dan Chiasson (September 2017)

D.M. (Damilola) Aderibigbe (October 2017)

Maxim Loskutoff (November 2017)

Mike Alberti (December 2017-January 2018)

Suzanne Rivecca (Spring 2018)

Duy Doan (June 2018, YYP 2017)

Christa Romanosky (September-October 2018)

Jordan Jacks (November-December 2018

Sigrid Nunez (December 2018-January 2019)

Joanna Scott (Spring 2019)

James Longenbach (Spring 2019)

Yanyi (June 2019, YYP 2018)

Gabriella Gage (August 2019)

Matthew Minicucci (December 2019-January 2020)

Lysley Tenario (February 2020)

Keith Wilson (March 2020-May 2020)

Jill Osier (June 2020, YYP 2019 *residency postponed due to pandemic)

Claire Luchette (July 2020)

Talvikki Ansel (August 2020, YYP 1996)

Walt Hunter (September 2020)

Ryan Chapman (October 2020)

Jennifer Grotz (November 2020)

Nicholas Boggs (December 2020-January 2021)

Kirstin Valdez Quade (February-March 2021)

Greg Wrenn (April-May 2021)

Desiree C. Bailey (June 2021, YYP 2020 )

Armen Davoudian (July-August 2021)

Henri Cole (September 2021)

Marlon James (October 2021)

Michael Collier (November 2021)

John Cotter (January 2022)

Kamran Javadizadeh (February-March 2022)

Medhi Tavana Okasi (April-May 2022)

Robert Wood Lynn (June 2022, YYP 2021)

Lauren Sandler (August 2022) 

Mehdi Tavana Okasi (2022)

Robert Wood Lynn (2022)

Lauren Sandler (2022)

Eduardo Corral (* unable to attend residency) 

Laura Kolbe (2022)

Christopher Spaide (2022)

Pemi Aguda (2023)

Rob Schlegel (2023)

Maureen N. McLane (2023)

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