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2022-23 WRITERS IN RESIDENCE 

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MEHDI  TAVANA OKASI (April/ May 2022)

Mehdi Tavana Okasi’s work has appeared in Granta, Glimmer Train, The Iowa Review, Catapult, Guernica, The Los Angeles Review of Books, and anthologies like My Shadow Is My Skin, Best New American Voices 2009, & Tremors: New Fiction from Iranian-American Writers, among others. He is the recipient of fellowships from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the National Society of Arts & Letters, & The Joyce Horton Jonson Fellowship at the Key West Literary Seminars. He was the 2011-12 Carl Djerassi Fiction Fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and was named a 2016 National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Fiction Fellow. 

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ROBERT WOOD LYNN (June  2022)

Robert Wood Lynn's debut collection Mothman Apologia was selected as the winner of the 2021 Yale Younger Poets Award, and is out now from Yale University Press. A graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law, he is an MFA candidate in poetry at New York University, where he taught creative writing in the undergraduate writing program. His writing has appeared in Blackbird, Michigan Quarterly Review, New Ohio Review, The Yale Review and other journals. His work has been recognized with awards and scholarships from the Academy of American Poets, the University of Mary Washington, the Leopardi Writers Conference and Button Poetry Press among other institutions.

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LAUREN SANDLER (August  2022)

Lauren Sandler is a journalist and author investigating inequality, with a focus on gender. Her most recent book is This Is All I Got: A New Mother’s Search for Home, a 2020 New York Times Notable Book. Sandler’s journalism has appeared in dozens of publications including Time, The New York Times, Slate, The Atlantic, The Guardian, and New York. She has been on staff at Salon and NPR, a columnist at HuffPost, and has held a Poynter Journalism Fellowship at Yale and a Calderwood Journalism Fellowship at MacDowell.

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EDUARDO CORRAL (September 2022)

Eduardo C. Corral was born in Arizona, the son of Mexican immigrants. He is the author of Guillotine, published by Graywolf Press, and Slow Lightning, which won the 2011 Yale Younger Poets Prize. In addition, he's received a Whiting Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He teaches in the MFA program at North Carolina State University in Raleigh.

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LAURA KOLBE (October 2022)

Laura Kolbe is a poet, physician, and medical ethicist. Author of the poetry collection Little Pharma (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2021) she is writing a nonfiction book that blends memoir with the history of medicine and the arts. She studied English and American literature at Harvard and University of Cambridge before receiving her MD from University of Virginia. She practices in New York City.

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CHRISTOPHER SPAIDE,(November 2022)

Christopher Spaide is a Junior Fellow in the Society of Fellows at Harvard University. His book project, Lyric Togetherness, examines plural pronouns and collective voices of American poetry from 1945 to today. He earned his BA from Amherst College and Master of Studies from Oxford University. His essays, reviews, and poems have appeared in Contemporary Literature, Ploughshares, Poetry, The New Yorker (online), and The Yale Review.

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PEMI AGUDA (February/ March 2023)

 PEMI AGUDA is from Lagos, Nigeria. Her novel-in-progress won the 2020 Deborah Rogers Foundation Writers Award. She has an MFA from the Helen Zell Writers’ Program at University of Michigan, and was a 2021 fiction fellow with the Miami Book Fair, and a 2022 MacDowell fellow. Her work has appeared in Ploughshares, Zoetrope, Granta, Zyzzyva, Tor.com, American Short Fiction, and One Story, among others.

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ROB SCHLEGEL (April/ May 2023)

Rob Schlegel is the author of three award-winning poetry collections. His work has appeared in Poetry, The Nation and The Yale Review and elsewhere. His fourth collection, Childcare, is forthcoming from Four Way Books in 2023. Born in Portland, Oregon, he has most recently taught at Whitman College, and in the MFA Program at Portland State University.

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Maureen N. McLane  is the author of seven books of poetry, two critical monographs on British romantic poetics, and numerous essays on literature and culture. Her memoir, My Poets (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2012), was a finalist for the National Book Critics Award in autobiography. Professor of English at NYU, she has taught at Harvard, the University of Chicago, MIT, and the East Harlem Poetry Project.

MERRILL FELLOWS / 1995-2022

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) 

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)