Emerging Writer Fellows Reading
Wednesday October 16, 2013
This was our first reading with our 2013 Emerging Writers Fellows. The fellows were chosen from 300 applicants to recieve a grant, space to work in our Writers' Studio, as well as opportunities to work with and meet editors and agents. The evening featured readings by all nine of our writers: Lexi Freiman, Patricia Park, Jane Rose Porter, Onnesha Roychoudhuri, Ricco Villanueva Siasoco, Bezalel Stern, Lauren Wilkinson, Brennen Wysong, and Courtney Zoffness. For more information on this program click here.
The Center for Fiction Fellowships for NYC Early Career Writers are made possible through a grant from The Jerome Foundation with matching funds from individual donors.
Lexi Freiman completed a writing MFA at Columbia University in 2012 and now works as an editor. She has recently been published in The Literary Review and is at work on a collection of shorts. She is from Australia and lives in Brooklyn.
Patricia Park was born and raised in NYC and teaches writing at CUNY Queens College. She graduated from Swarthmore College and received her MFA in Fiction from Boston University. In 2009 she was a Fulbright scholar in Creative Arts to South Korea. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, Slice Magazine, Korea Times, and others. She is at work on her first novel, a modern-day rewrite of Jane Eyre.
Jane Rose Porter has published essays and articles in The Kenyon Review, The Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek Magazine, Men's Health, Entrepreneur, and The Chronicle of Higher Education. She was awarded a Jentel Artist Residency and is a graduate of the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers. Jane has a B.A. in English from Brown University, where she was a Rose Writing Fellow. She lives in Brooklyn and is completing her first novel.
Onnesha Roychoudhuri is a Brooklyn-based writer and editor. A 2011 and 2012 Pushcart Prize nominee, her work has appeared in n+1, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Boston Review, McSweeney's, The Rumpus, Opium,The Nation, The American Prospect, Salon, Mother Jones, and others. A graduate of Bard College and a recipient of an MFA from San Francisco State University, she has been awarded residencies at Hedgebrook and Blue Mountain Center. She is currently at work on her first novel as well as a collection of essays.
Ricco Villanueva Siasoco has published fiction in The North American Review, Joyland, and numerous anthologies, including Take Out: Queer Writing from Asian Pacific America. He has received honors and awards from the Fine Arts Work Center and PEN New England. Ricco received an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars and taught creative writing at Boston College, where he was the managing editor of Post Road. He is at work on his first novel.
Bezalel Stern grew up in Silver Spring, Maryland, and graduated from Brandeis University and Columbia Law School. His fiction has been published in Contrary Magazine, Wigleaf, kill author, Identity Theory, Lacuna, and Untoward Magazine. He is currently working on a novel and a collection of short stories.
Lauren Wilkinson grew up in New York and lives on the Lower East Side. She received her MFA in Fiction and Literary Translation from Columbia University, where she has also taught creative writing. Her fiction has appeared in Granta and she's a founding member of the Birdsong Arts Collective. She is currently at work on her first novel.
Brennen Wysong grew up in West Virginia, but he has lived in Manhattan for the last 10 years. His fiction has appeared in such journals as The Georgia Review, Shenandoah, AQR, and Gargoyle. He has published poetry in print and online venues, including Denver Quarterly, Copper Nickel, and Fou. In the mid-2000s, Brennen took time off from writing for running, completing races of 100 miles on six occasions, mostly in the mountains. He lives with his wife, Debra, and son, Calder Birch.
Courtney Zoffness' fiction has appeared in The Rumpus, Indiana Review, Washington Square, Tampa Review, Redivider, the International Fish Prize Stories anthology, and elsewhere. The former managing editor of Earth Times, she’s also published a range of nonfiction and reportage. Zoffness was a waiter-scholar at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, a teaching fellow at Yale University, and writer-in-residence at the Black Forest Writing Seminars (Freiburg, Germany). She holds graduate degrees from Johns Hopkins University and the University of Arizona, and lives in Brooklyn.