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.
Grotto Fellows, January to June 2018
Noa Silver is the daughter of classical musicians, her father a pianist, her mother a cellist. She was born in Jerusalem, Israel, and raised between Glasgow, Scotland, and Bangor, Maine. After receiving her BA in English and American Literature and Language from Harvard University, Noa lived and taught English as a Second Language on Namdrik — part of the Republic of the Marshall Islands and the smallest inhabited atoll in the world. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University, where she worked as an assistant editor on the Voice of Witness publication Lavil: Life, Love, and Death in Port-au-Prince, and began her first novel, a multi-generational story exploring the effects of immigration on the women in a single family.
Simmi Aujla is an Indian-American speculative fiction writer and former political journalist. She is a 2017 alumna of the VONA/Voices Workshop, where she studied genre fiction with Marjorie Liu. She has also participated in a Clarion West One-Day Workshop and read her work at Liminal, a feminist/womanist literary space in Oakland. Simmi is a graduate of Brown University, where she served as editor-in-chief of Brown’s daily student-run newspaper. In her time in journalism, she reported for Politico, the Associated Press and the Wall Street Journal.
Katie M. Flynn grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Orange County, California, and she’s been obsessed with dichotomies ever since. Before earning her MFA from the University of San Francisco, she studied geography and border politics and worked as a cartographer. Her short fiction has appeared in Carve Magazine, Hobart, Joyland Magazine, Monkeybicycle, Superstition Review and elsewhere. Her story “Island Rule” was named the winner of Colorado Review’s 2017 Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction. Recently, she finished a novel about love, revenge and uploaded consciousness, the first chapter of which is forthcoming in Indiana Review. She serves as a nonfiction reader at New England Review and fiction editor at Split Lip Magazine.
Katia Savchuk was born in Kiev, Ukraine, and immigrated to San Francisco on the day of the 1989 earthquake. After stints working in Indian slums and as a private investigator, she graduated from Columbia Journalism School, where she was a fellow at the Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism. Katia is now a freelance journalist based in Oakland. She has written for Forbes, The Washington Post, The Center for Investigative Reporting, The Center for Public Integrity, Cosmopolitan, The Miami Herald, The Guardian and others. Her story on was cited in a city lawsuit against the school.
Grotto Fellows, July to December 2018
Sunisa Manning was born and raised in Bangkok by a Thai mother and an American father. An alumna of Hedgebrook, Hambidge, and Headland Center for the Arts, she is the recipient of the Steinbeck Fellowship in Creative Writing. Her work has appeared in The Rumpus, Prairie Schooner, and elsewhere. She now lives in Berkeley, where she teaches at Berkeley City College and is at work on her first novel.
Amy George is from India, and currently lives in the Bay Area. She is a second year MFA Fiction Candidate at Saint Mary’s College of California and the Fiction Editor for MARY: A Journal of New Writing. She is an alumna of the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley (Summer ’17), and was the Saint Mary’s Fellow at Kearny Street Workshop (Spring ’17).
Kathleen J. Woods has an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Colorado at Boulder, where she taught and served as the managing editor for Timber Journal. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Western Humanities Review, Bitch, Prick of the Spindle, Bartleby Snopes, The Thought Erotic, and others. She currently works as a writer in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Baruch Porras Hernandez is a Pushcart Prize-nominated writer and a performer named one of the 13 Top Bay Area Writers to Watch in 2016 by 7×7 Magazine in San Francisco. You can find his writing published online at The Tusk, his poems on Drunk in a Midnight Choir, Santa Ana River Review, and several other poetry anthologies like Assaracus, Foglifter, Rio Grande Review, Divining Divas, and two anthologies with Write Bloody Publishing. He was named a Lambda Literary Poetry Fellow in 2014 and a Lambda Literary Playwriting Fellow in 2016. He’s been featured in Writers with Drinks and has performed several times with Radar Productions, LitQuake, and Quiet Lightning. He is a winner of Literary Death Match and has won The Moth, Write Club SF, and Muni Diaries Haiku. He’s working on several play commissions, including a project with Detour Dance, his solo show titled Love in a Time of Piñatas, which is being developed by a grant from the San Francisco Arts Commission for Individual Theatre Artists. He recently received the Creative Work Fund grant to collaborate with MACLA (Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana) in a literary multimedia project that will focus on Queer Latinx Superhero stories. He is the head organizer of ¿Donde Esta Mi Gente?, created in part by the REGEN artist grant from the Galerìa de la Raza. He is originally from Mexico, lives in San Francisco, and regularly hosts literary shows with KQED.
Former Grotto Fellows
a partial list
CANDACE EROS DIAS
BORA LEE REED
ROSA DEL DUCA
JENNIFER MARCH SOLOWAY
MICHELLE MARIE ROBLES WALLACE
AMANDA B. MILLER