ANNOUNCING THE 2018 - 2019 RESIDENTIAL FELLOWS & WRITERS-IN-RESIDENCE
A MacArthur fellow, the co-directors of the Mojave School in Pahrump, two “5 Under 35” recipients from the National Book Foundation, a daring poet and cultural critic from Columbus, Ohio, and an essayist who writes for Vanity Fair, The New York Times, and California Sunday will take up residence at the Beverly Rogers, Carol C. Harter Black Mountain Institute (BMI) at UNLV for the international literary center’s 2018-19 season.
BMI’s 2018-2019 writers-in-residence will also include contributors and editors for The Believer Magazine, as well as two new fellows in BMI’s prestigious program for creative writers earning their PhDs in English literature.
SHEARING FELLOW | APRIL 2019
Hanif Abdurraqib is a poet, essayist, and cultural critic from Columbus, Ohio. His first collection of poems The Crown Ain't Worth Much was released by Button Poetry in 2016, and was nominated for a Hurston-Wright Legacy Award. His first collection of essays, They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us, was released to critical acclaim in November 2017 by Two Dollar Radio. His next projects are Go Ahead In The Rain, a book on A Tribe Called Quest due out in 2019 by University of Texas Press, and They Don't Dance No Mo', due out from Random House in 2020.
SHEARING FELLOW | SPRING 2019
LESLEY NNEKA ARIMAH
Lesley Nneka Arimah was born in the UK and grew up in Nigeria and wherever else her father was stationed for work. She has been a finalist for a National Magazine Award and the Caine Prize, and a winner of the African Commonwealth Short Story Prize and an O. Henry Award, and other honors. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s, GRANTA and has received support from The Elizabeth George Foundation, The Jerome Foundation, and MacDowell, among others. She was selected for the National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35 and her debut collection What It Means When a Man Falls From The Sky won the 2017 Kirkus Prize. She lives in Minneapolis and is working on a novel about you.
Tran Thi Oanh FELLOW | NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2018
Camille Bromley is a features editor at The Believer and social media editor for the Out of Eden Walk, a National Geographic project. She is a former associate editor of Harper's Magazine. She lives in Brooklyn.
Saltman PHD Fellow & Writer-in-Residence
Susana Ferreira is a Portuguese-Canadian freelance reporter, producer, and longform writer for magazines and film. As a correspondent and stringer, she has filed from throughout the world for major dailies, wires, television news networks and radio. She speaks five languages — six, if you count "Toronto English"
SHEARING FELLOW | SPRING 2019
Amanda Fortini has written for The New York Times, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, The New Republic, The Paris Review, New York, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Wired, Slate and Salon, among other publications. She has worked as an editor at Mirabella, The New York Review of Books, and Slate, and has been the William Kittredge Visiting Professor at the University of Montana. Her essays have been widely anthologized, including in Best American Political Writing and Best of Slate, and she was nominated for a James Beard Foundation Journalism Award. After several semesters as a lecturer in journalism at UNLV’s Greenspun College for Urban Affairs, Fortini has contributed articles and essays on Las Vegas, including several for The New Yorker, and an acclaimed cover story California Sunday.
Elias Ghanem Chair | FEBRUARY 2019
ADRIAN NICOLE LE BLANC
Adrian Nicole LeBlanc is an independent journalist who is best known for her 2003 nonfiction book Random Family: Love, Drugs, Trouble, and Coming of Age in the Bronx, which chronicles the struggles of two young women as they deal with love, growing families, poverty, and prison time. The book took more than ten years to research and write and has received many awards, among them the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and the Ron Ridenhour Book Prize. In 2006, she was a recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship. In 2010, Random Family was named one of the Top Ten Works of Journalism of the Decade by the Arthur L. Carter Institute of Journalism at NYU.
Writer-in-Residence | OCTOBER-NOVEMBER 2018
Sarah Marshall grew up in Oregon and Hawaii and earned an MFA in fiction at Portland State University. Her writing has appeared in The New Republic, BuzzFeed, and The Believer, among other publications, and she co-hosts You're Wrong About, a podcast about misremembered history. A former future academic, she is now a traveling housesitter, babysitter, sled dog handler, and journalist.
Writer-in-Residence | AUGUST-OCTOBER 2018
Niela Orr is a writer from Philadelphia. She is an interviews editor of The Believer, a columnist for The Baffler, and a contributing editor of The Organist podcast. Her writing has also appeared in the New York Times Book Review, Elle, BuzzFeed, and McSweeney's Quarterly.
SHEARING FELLOW | FALL 2018
Derek Palacio is the author of the novella How to Shake the Other Man and the novel The Mortifications. He is the co-director, with Claire Vaye Watkins, of the Mojave School, a free creative writing workshop for teenagers in rural Nevada.
SALTMAN PHD FELLOW
Sreshtha Sen is a writer from Delhi, India and one of the founding editors of The Shoreline Review, an online journal for and by South Asian poets. She studied Literatures in English at Delhi University and completed her MFA at Sarah Lawrence College. Her work has been published in Bitch Media, Breakwater Review, The Margins, MACK, Meridian, and elsewhere. She was the 2017-2018 McCrindle Foundation Fellow for Readings/Workshops at Poets & Writers.
SHEARING FELLOW | FALL 2018
CLAIRE VAYE WATKINS
Claire Vaye Watkins grew up in the Mojave Desert, in Tecopa, California and across the state line in Pahrump, Nevada. A Guggenheim Fellow, she is the author of the novel Gold Fame Citrus and the story collection Battleborn, which won the Story Prize, the Dylan Thomas Prize, New York Public Library’s Young Lions Fiction Award, the Rosenthal Family Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and a Silver Pen Award from the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame. Her stories and essays have appeared in Granta, Tin House, Freeman’s, The Paris Review, Story Quarterly, New American Stories, Best of the West, The New Republic, The New York Times, and many others. A recipient of fellowships from the Sewanee and Bread Loaf Writers’ Conferences, Claire was also one of the National Book Foundation’s “5 Under 35.”
CURRENT PHD FELLOWS
SAMUEL MERRIMAN GILPIN
Samuel Merriman Gilpin is a poet originally from Portland, OR. He received a BA in English from the University of Utah, and an MFA from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. His work has appeared in various journals and magazines, most recently in Prism Review, Prime Number, and REAEDR. He is an avid people watcher, jazz aficionado, and a devoted cat dad.
Joe Milan Jr. is a BMI PhD Fellow of Creative Writing at UNLV, a past fiction editor at Witness and a MFA graduate of the Vermont College of Fine Arts. He's American with Korean ancestry and taught in Korea for nine years. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in wonderful places like The Rumpus, Broad Street, F(r)iction (2017 Short Story winner selected by Celeste Ng), The LA Review of Books’ Blarb, BooksActually’s Gold Standard 2016 anthology, The Kyoto Journal, and others.
Oscar Oswald is a poet and editor teaching at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. He is completing his PhD in English and Creative Writing, expecting to graduate later this year. He recently served as the Poetry Editor of Witness and as an Assistant Editor for Noemi Press. His poetry has appeared in the journals Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, Lana Turner, Laurel Review, New American Writing, and Volt, among others.
Wendy Wimmer is a PhD fiction fellow at Black Mountain Institute/University of Nevada Las Vegas. She is the fiction editor of Witness literary journal and the founder of UntitledTown book and author festival in Wisconsin. Her work has been published in Barrelhouse, Blackbird, Per Contra, ANMLY, Drunken Boat, Paper Darts, Non-Binary Review, Salt & Syntax and more, as well as nominated for multiple Pushcart Prizes, AWP Intro to Journal and Best New Voices. Her short story collection was recently named a semi-finalist for the Hudson Prize. She was most recently a participant author at Believer Fest 2018. She lives in Nevada but her heart remains in the Midwest. Follow her on Twitter @wendywimmer or her very irregular website www.wendywimmer.com
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