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.
January to June, 2020
Anthony Jones studied Creative Writing at UCLA under Mona Simpson and David Wong Louie, where he was awarded with the Ruth Brill Scholarship for excellence in fiction. His work has been featured in F(r)iction Magazine, PANK Magazine, Chicago Literati, The Montreal Review and Poetry Quarterly, among others. In 2019, he co-launched Jones & Woolf, an audio fiction podcast pairing literary noir with original music. You can listen to the podcast here.
Rita Chang-Eppig received her MFA from NYU. Her stories have appeared or are forthcoming in McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, Kenyon Review Online, Clarkesworld, Santa Monica Review, Conjunctions, and elsewhere. She was recently a VSC/Rona Jaffe Fellow at the Vermont Studio Center.
Naihobe Gonzalez is an emerging writer living in Oakland, California. She is currently writing a collection of short stories filled with everyday Venezuelans and Venezuelan-Americans grappling with their country’s collapse. She is an alumna of the Tin House Summer Workshop and a fellow of the Kearney Street Workshop’s Interdisciplinary Writers Lab.
Raised in the shadow of Houston refineries, Emily Pinkerton currently lives and writes in the San Francisco Bay Area. She holds an MFA from San Francisco State University, and her writing has previously appeared or is forthcoming in ZYZZYVA, Juked, BlazeVOX, and Berkeley Poetry Review, among others. Emily is the author of three chapbooks: Natural Disasters (Hermeneutic Chaos Press, 2016), Bloom (Alley Cat Press, 2018) and Adaptations (Nomadic Press, 2018). She was a 2017-2018 Writer in Residence at Alley Cat Books in San Francisco. More of Emily’s publications can be found at thisisemilypinkerton.tumblr.com, and she tweets as @neongolden.
June to December, 2020
Idrissa Simmonds-Nastili is a writer of poetry, fiction, and essays. Her writing has appeared in Poetry Magazine, Poetry Foundation, Room Magazine, The Adirondack Review, Fourteen Hills Press, Black Renaissance Noire, and The Caribbean Writer, amongst others. She is co-editor of the anthology Black Girl Magic: Breakbeat Poets Volume II (Haymarket Books 2018). A three time Pushcart Prize nominee, she is a 2014 finalist for the Commonwealth Short Story Award, 2013 winner of the Crab Creek Review Poetry Award, and is the recipient of residencies and fellowships from VONA, Hedgebrook, Breadloaf Writers Conference, and Poets House. From Brooklyn, NY, she spent her adolescence in Surrey, BC and now resides in Oakland, where she curates the literary salon Brunch & Word. She holds an MFA in Fiction from Warren Wilson College’s MFA Program for Writers and is at work on her debut novel.
Jenny Qi is a writer and scientist. A child of survivors of the Chinese Cultural Revolution, she grew up mostly in Las Vegas and moved to San Francisco at age 20 to complete her PhD in Cancer Biology. She writes across genres, and her writing contains themes of grief as a young adult, the inheritance of trauma, and the intersection of science and art. Her essays and poems have appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Tin House, Rattle, ZYZZYVA, Bellevue Literary Review, Figure 1, and elsewhere. She was part of the inaugural Rooted & Written program by the Writers Grotto. She is completing her first poetry collection, titled Focal Point; an earlier version was a finalist for the Jake Adam York Prize by Copper Nickel and Milkweed Editions.
Dallas Woodburn is a fiction writer, essayist, and playwright, currently working on a novel. She received her MFA in Fiction Writing from Purdue University and was a Steinbeck Fellow at San Jose State University. Her writing has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and has been published in ZZYZYVA, The Fourth River, Superstition Review, Monkeybicycle, The Los Angeles Times, and American Fiction 13: The Best Unpublished Short Stories by Emerging American Writers, and her one-act plays have been produced in New York and Los Angeles. Dallas lives in Fremont with her husband, baby daughter Maya, and overflowing bookshelves.
Dominic Lim was a finalist in the 2018 Solstice Literary Magazine Fiction Contest (adjudicated by Ann Hood) and his work has appeared in Solstice, Ghost Parachute, Jellyfish Review, Down in the Dirt, Whoah Nelly Press–(Un)heard Voices, and Ursa Minor. He is one of the co-hosts of the Babylon Salon reading and performance series in San Francisco and is currently working on his first novel. Dominic has an M.M. in Early Music and is a proud member of the Actors’ Equity Association, having appeared off-Broadway and regionally in various theater productions. He is currently the Sr. Intellectual Property Paralegal at Amyris, Inc. and is proud to call Oakland, California his home.
Former Grotto Fellows
a partial list
AMANDA B. MILLER
BARUCH PORRAS HERNANDEZ
BORA LEE REED
CANDACE EROS DIAS
JENNIFER MARCH SOLOWAY
KATHLEEN J. WOODS
KATIE M. FLYNN
MICHAL “MJ” JONES
MICHELLE MARIE ROBLES WALLACE
ROSA DEL DUCA