Meet the 2024 Writing Fellows

Meet the 2024 Writing Fellows


The Sun Valley Writers’ Conference is committed to supporting aspiring writers and providing them with inspiration and direction as they embark on their creative paths. In 2023, we expanded our Writing Fellows Program to include talented young writers from programs around the nation. These have included the IOWA WRITERS’ WORKSHOPWRITEGIRL LA, the INSTITUTE OF AMERICAN INDIAN ARTSBOISE STATE UNIVERSITY’s Creative Writing MFA Program, and more.


Learn more about the 2024 Writing Fellows below. They will be joining us at the 2024 Sun Valley Writers’ Conference.


2024 Writing Fellows


STEPHEN BRUNO is a native New Yorker who grew up scribbling words in marble notebooks and playing sports on the streets of the Bronx. He is the author of the upcoming memoir Building Material. Stephen resides in New York City where he can still be found engaged in poetry and movement in the form of salsa dancing, which he loves.


VICHET CHUM is a writer based in New York City. He’s the recipient of the 2018 Princess Grace Award in Playwriting, the 2021 Laurents/Hatcher Foundation Award, and a 2021 Edgerton Foundation New Play Award. He serves as a curator for Space on Ryder Farm, as a board member for the New Harmony Project, and as a steering committee member for the Obie Award and Tony Award-winning organization, the Asian American Performers Action Coalition. He is a proud graduate of the University of Evansville and Brown University/Trinity Repertory Company.


KIRA COMPTON is an MFA fiction candidate at Boise State where she serves as the Associate Editor of The Idaho Review. Her work has been published or is forthcoming from Aquifer: The Florida Review, hex literary, Into the Void, and others. Browse her professional life at KIRACOMPTON.COM, and her personal life @kirajcompton.


MICHELLE DELONG is an MFA candidate at Boise State University whose work has appeared in Fiction International, Nowhere Magazine, and The New York Times. When she’s not at her desk you can find her enjoying and advocating for public lands.


OWEN OLIVER (Quinault / Isleta Pueblo) is an MFA student at the Institute of American Indian Arts studying creative non-fiction. His work centers landscape-learned knowledge of the Pacific Northwest. He is based in Seattle.


MICHAEL OWL is a graduate of the MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts. An enrolled member of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indian, his work has appeared in Deer Bear Wolf, The Best of Write Club, and as a narrative podcast produced by iHEARTPodcasts and performed by Oscar winner Wes Studi. When he is not working on his novel, he produces and hosts The Origin Story Podcast where once a month he asks an artist he respects to introduce him to a piece of work or an artist they love.


CHANTAL RONDEAU is a Tin House Carol Shields Scholar, a Porches Fellow, and holds a Creative Writing MFA from the Institute of American Indian Arts. Chantal is a proud member of the Little Salmon/Carmacks First Nation in the territory of the Yukon and is of the Hanjä́t Hudän Clan (Crow People). She hopes to tell stories that shift perceptions and lead to a global understanding of the Circumpolar North and its First Peoples.


ANDREW STEINER was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He received an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop in 2022 and has taught creative writing in the U.S. and New Zealand. His fiction has appeared in NarrativeEpochGrain, and other publications.


Photo credit: Ray Gadd

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