Grotto fellows

The Grotto Fellowship is a six-month-long program, providing workspace and support for emerging writers with works in progress. For more details, see here.

Current 2017 Grotto Fellows

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Upcoming 2017 Grotto Fellows

Oakland-based writer MK Chavez is a champion for public health and social justice. She is the author of several chapbooks, including MothermorphosisDear Animal, is her first full collection of poetry. Chavez is co-founder and co-curator of the reading series Lyrics & Dirges, curator of the Fruitvale Friday Readings at Nomadic Press, and co-director of the Berkeley Poetry Festival, and recipient of a 2016 Alameda County Arts Leadership Award. She believes in literary confrontation and its capacity to challenge all forms of oppression. Her most recent and upcoming publications can be found in Story MagazineHeavy Feather Review, and Foglifter.

Kirin Khan was raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico and currently lives in Oakland, California. Her work explores issues of womanhood, identities in conflict and flux, grief, violence and safety, immigration and immigration trauma, isolation and belonging.Kirin is a 2016 VONA/Voices Fellow and was recently selected as a 2017 PEN Center USA Emerging Voices Fellow. She is published in UprootsPARKLE & bLINK, and Outrider Press’s Home anthology, and she has work forthcoming in 7×7 and LA-based writing circle Las Lunas Locas’ 2016 Anthology. In addition to short stories and poetry, Kirin is currently working on her first novel.

Tanea Lunsford is a third generation Black San Franciscan on both sides. She has been writing and workshopping stories with both enthusiastic and unwilling audiences since she was six. She is the oldest of four sisters–she is the third tallest of the four, only competing against the all-knowing baby 8-year old sister, who she suspects will also tower her in the end. She enjoys pistachio ice cream, going to the movies alone, writing letters to incarcerated loved ones, and watching people get flustered by Unapologetic Blackness. She’s currently writing a vigilante justice novel.

Born in Argentina, Florencia Milito spent her early childhood in Venezuela and has lived in the U.S. since she was nine. She is a bilingual poet, essayist, and translator whose work has appeared in ZYZZYVA, Indiana Review, Catamaran, Entremares, Digging through the Fat, Diálogo, and 92nd Street Y. She was a reader at the XIX Festival Internacional de Poesía de Rosario in 2011 and a Hazel All Stars Reader at the Litquake literary festival in San Francisco in 2015. She is a Hedgebrook alumna and a CantoMundo fellow.

 

Former Grotto Fellows

a partial list

PATRICK LETELLIER

TANYA REY

MELISSA VALENTINE

CANDACE EROS DIAS

SUSANNA KWAN

SARAMANDA SWIGART

JOSH BETTINGER

KATE FOLK

LISA GRAY

CHRISTINE BANIEWICZ

BORA LEE REED

GRETCHEN SCHRAFFT

ROSA DEL DUCA

YALITZA FERRERAS

VANESSA HUA

CANDICE BENGE

PIA CHATTERJEE

ORIANE DELFOSSE

ZAHIR JANMOHAMED

MAURY ZEFF

JENNIFER MARCH SOLOWAY

MICHELLE MARIE ROBLES WALLACE

AMANDA B. MILLER

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