Writers & Presenters

New Voices Fellowship

Bringing fresh perspectives and rising young stars to SVWC


In a literary conference filled with recognizable and established authors, the New Voices Fellowship aims to showcase some of the country’s most exciting new talent—young, award-winning writers whose debut work is both original and daring.


This year, we look forward to welcoming New Voices Fellows Kaveh Akbar and Vinson Cunningham to the 2024 Sun Valley Writers’ Conference. As presenters, they will speak about their choice to become writers—how daunting, how irrefutable that calling—and read from their highly-acclaimed debut novels. Don’t miss their talk July 20-22, 2024 and keep an eye on these rising stars in the years ahead!


This program was inaugurated in 2022, thanks to the support of the Grossman Family Foundation (in honor of Peggy Grossman), bringing fresh voices and perspectives into the SVWC fold.





Jonathan Escoffery & Sarah Thankam Mathews
Listen to their 2023 talk on our audio page



Sanaë Lemoine, Kalani Pickhart, & Kali Fajardo-Anstine
Listen to their 2022 talk on our audio page