We have expanded our Fellows program for 2022 to include representatives from Teach for America. They will attend the Conference and offer feedback about the potential for future collaboration with TFA corps teachers and classrooms.
SVWC is committed to bringing aspiring writers to the Conference and providing them with inspiration and direction as they embark on their creative paths. We are thrilled to welcome three Writing Fellows in 2022—two from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and one from Louisiana State University’s Creative Writing MFA Program—who have been recommended by the faculty of their institutions/programs.
DAVID ASTROFSKY is a writer and teacher from Boston. He is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, recent finalist in Narrative Magazine‘s 2021 30 Below Contest, and is currently at work on a short-story collection and a novel.
JEREMIAH JENKINS is a writer and MFA candidate at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He is currently teaching undergraduate fiction in Iowa City while at work on his first short-story collection.
PENDA SMITH is an emerging writer originally from New York and a second-year MFA student at Louisiana State University. She is a two-time Watering Hole fellow, forthcoming Cave Canem fellow, and has work featured/forthcoming at HuffPost, Obsidian Literature & Arts in the African Diaspora, Interim Poetics, and more.
Thanks to the generosity of our donors, SVWC is proud to offer two local scholarships each year. A full pass, under the Barbara and Jim Cimino Scholarship, is awarded annually to the Executive Director of The Community Library. Another full pass is awarded each year to a local teacher or high school student through the Gary Hunt Scholarship in his memory.
Additionally, SVWC offers two full scholarship passes to Boise State University’s Creative Writing Department, Starting in 2023, proceeds from the annual bookstore profits will help to fund the lodging and travel and expenses for two candidates chosen by the faculty to attend the Conference. Below are our scholars for 2022.
NATANYA BISKAR is a fiction writer and holds an MFA from Boise State University, where she taught writing and served as Associate Editor for The Idaho Review. The recipient of a 2021 Alexa Rose Foundation Grant and the winner of the 2021 Glenn Balch Award for Fiction, her work has appeared in Subtropics, The Indiana Review, and SELF.
DESMOND EVEREST FULLER is an MFA candidate in fiction at Boise State University and the associate editor of The Idaho Review for the 2023 issue. His short stories are forthcoming or appear in Indiana Review, West Trade Review, The Gravity of the Thing, and elsewhere.