The Grotto Fellows participate in a six-month-long fellowship, during which the Grotto offers workspace and support for emerging writers with works in progress. For more details, see here.
Grotto Fellows, January to June 2019
Marya Brennan learned how to speak Japanese and juggle clubs at Oberlin College, then spent five years teaching middle school English in San Francisco and Oakland. She’s the director of the Young Writers Program at National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), where she gets to help writers aged 5 to 17 develop their creative voices and write first drafts of novels in just one month. This summer, she attended the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and is currently at work on her first(ish) novel.
Roberto Rodriguez-Estrada was born in 1990 and raised in California by Nicaraguan immigrants. Their work has appeared or is forthcoming in Fairy Tale Review, Your Impossible Voice, The Rumpus, Electric Lit and others. They are writing a novel and a collection of stories in Oakland.
Amanda Moore’s poetry and essays have appeared in journals and anthologies including ZZYZVA, Cream City Review, Best New Poets, The Baltimore Review, and Mamas and Papas: On the Sublime and Heartbreaking Art of Parenting, and she is the recipient of writing awards from The Writing Salon, Brush Creek Arts Foundation, and The Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts. She received her MFA from Cornell University, where she served as Managing Editor for EPOCH magazine. A high school English teacher, Amanda is at work on her first poetry collection, Requeening, another smaller collection of poems on illness and grief, and a series of personal essays. She lives by the beach in the Outer Sunset neighborhood of San Francisco with her husband and daughter. More about her work can be found at http://amandapmoore.com
Elizabeth “Lis” Owuor has lived many writer lives: Freelance journalist, copywriter, editor and creative nonfiction writer. During the past decade, she’s mapped out her personal narrative all over the globe, calling Germany, France, England, and Scotland temporary homes. Currently based in San Francisco, her work blends creative nonfiction, personal history, and truths that require citation. Drawing on the narrative tools of fiction and the intensive research skills sharpened during her occasional journalism career, her forthcoming essay collection centers Black female subjectivity, the pleasures and pains of kinship, and the rawness of lived experience. Her journalism work has been published in The Christian Science Monitor, USA Today, and Deutsche Welle, one of Germany’s foremost news outlets. She recently attended ZYZZYVA’s creative nonfiction workshop and is slated to attend Tin House’s winter workshop in February 2019.
Grotto Fellows, July to December 2019
Former Grotto Fellows
a partial list
KATIE M. FLYNN
KATHLEEN J. WOODS
BARUCH PORRAS HERNANDEZ
CANDACE EROS DIAS
BORA LEE REED
ROSA DEL DUCA
JENNIFER MARCH SOLOWAY
MICHELLE MARIE ROBLES WALLACE
AMANDA B. MILLER