2023 Wisconsin Institute For Creative Writing Fellows Reading
Presented in partnership with the UW-Madison Program in Creative Writing, poetry and fiction from the 2022-23 Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing Fellows. This event will feature the work of Steven Espada Dawson, Yalitza Ferreras, Chessy Normile, Amanda Rizkalla and Taymour Soomro.
Steven Espada Dawson is the 2022-23 Jay C. and Ruth Halls Poetry Fellow at the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing at UW-Madison. The son of a Mexican immigrant, he is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize and a Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship. Most recently, his work appears in AGNI, Guernica, Kenyon Review, Ninth Letter, and Poetry. He is from East Los Angeles.
Yalitza Ferreras is the 2022-23 Carol Houck Smith Fiction Fellow at the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing at UW-Madison. She received a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award and is a recent Steinbeck Fellow at San Jose State University. Winner of the 2020 Bellevue Literary Review prize in fiction, her stories have also appeared in Best American Short Stories, Kenyon Review, The Southern Review, Aster(ix) Journal, Colorado Review and elsewhere.
Chessy Normile is the 2022-23 Ronald Wallace Poetry Fellow at the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing at UW-Madison. She received a BA in poetry from Sarah Lawrence College and an MFA in poetry from The Michener Center for Writers at University of Texas at Austin. Her first book of poems, Great Exodus, Great Wall, Great Party, was selected by Li-Young Lee for the 2020 APR/Honickman First Book Prize. She edits a zine series called Girl Blood Info.
Amanda Rizkalla is a graduate of Stanford University and an MFA candidate in fiction at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has been published in No Tokens Journal, The Esthetic Apostle, and Archipelago, as well as the Allegory Ridge fiction anthology. Her work is forthcoming in The Fabulist Words & Art.
Taymour Soomro is the 2022-23 James C. McCreight Fiction Fellow at the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing at UW-Madison. He is a Pakistani writer whose debut novel Other Names for Love is forthcoming from FSG in 2022, and whose short fiction has appeared in The New Yorker and The Southern Review. He has published a textbook on law with Oxford University Press, and he is the co-editor of the anthology Letters to a Writer of Colour: Fourteen Authors on Craft, Race and Culture, forthcoming from Random House in 2023.