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Sherwood Anderson Foundation Grant Writing Winners

Valerie S. Golightly (1988)

An undergraduate student enrolled at the University of Richmond.

King Andrews (1989)

An undergraduate student enrolled at N.C. State University.

Gillian Kim Ashley (1990)

An undergraduate student enrolled at East Carolina University, and Pamela Johnson, an undergraduate student enrolled at Methodist College.

Karen Coats (1991)

A graduate student enrolled at Virginia Tech.

Patricia Snell (1992)

An undergraduate student enrolled at George Mason University.

Dawn Radford (1993)

A graduate student enrolled at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

Debra Allbery Gildea (1994)

A graduate student at the University of Virginia who published a book of her poems Walking Distance in 1991.

Randall Kenan (1995)

A lecturer at Columbia University and Sarah Lawrence College who has published two books A Visitation of Spirit and Let the Dead Bury Their Dead.

Ron Rash (1996)

A lecturer at Tri-County Tech, a two-year college in Pendleton, S.C., who published a book of short stories The Night the New Jesus Fell to Earth in 1994. He has also published a number of poems in magazines around the country.

Gail Pollock (1997)

A resident of Trinidad, Colo., she is working on a screenplay for Kit Brandon, Sherwood Anderson's novel, published in 1936, about the bootleg industry in the South during Prohibition. Pollock has had extensive experience as a film editor in New York and has been involved in the production of numerous features and documentaries.

Kamil Turowski (1998)

A native of Poland and a resident of Athens, Ohio, who has produced a film adaptation of Nobody Knows, a story in the Anderson book Winesburg, Ohio. Turowski hopes to adapt more of the Winesburg stories to film.

Tammy Greenwood (1999)

A native of Vermont, currently lives in San Diego, Calif., where she works part-time for a computer software company. Her first novel Breathing Water was published in May by St. Martin's Press. She is currently working on a second novel.

Paola Corso (2000)

A native of the Pittsburgh area, currently lives in Brooklyn with her husband, Michael, and son, Giona. Corso teaches creative writing at Fordham University and has written a story collection, Giovanna's 86 Circles, and two novels, The River in Me and San Procopio.

Doug Crandell (2001)

A grant writer and instructor of poetry and literature in a community mental health program in Georgia, is the author of numerous poems and short stories, including "If He Is a Slave."

Joseph Bathanti (2002)

An associate professor of creative writing at Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C, has written most recently the novel, East Liberty, winner of the 2001 Carolina Novel Award. He is also the author of four books of poems, the most recent of which, This Metal, was nominated for the National Book Award.

Peggy Payne (2003)

Is author of Sister India, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and of a second novel Revelation, as well as co-author of The Healing Power of Doing Good, a Literary Guild selection. A resident of Apex, North Carolina, she has published articles, reviews, or essays in magazines including Ms., Family Circle, Cosmopolitan, Travel & Leisure, and has published in most of the major American newspapers. She offers consulting services to other writers on manuscripts and marketing through peggypayne.com.

Mary Beth Caschetta (2004)

Lives in Massachusetts, where she is finishing her first novel. She is the author of Lucy on the West Coast (Alyson Publications, 1996) Interrelated stories from her new collection, What's Not My Fault? have appeared in the Missississippi Review, the Red Rock Review, Bloom Magazine, and Blithe House Quarterly. A recipient of several writing awards, including the W.K. Rose Fellowship for Emerging Artists (2000), Ms. Caschetta makes her living as a copywriter in medical advertising and communications. She has been an adjunct instructor at Fordham University, Vassar College, and New York University.

Jacob M. Appel (2005)

Jacob lives in New York City. His short fiction has appeared in Agni, Colorado Review, Florida Review, Raritan, Southwest Review, Story Quarterly and elsewhere. He is a graduate of the MFA program in fiction at New York University, and teaches at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, and the Gotham Writers' Workshop in New York City. His website is: http://jacobmappel.com.

Karen Fisher (2006)

Fisher writes and raises children, trains horses, and builds houses with her husband on Lopez Island, Washington. Her debut novel, A Sudden Country, in addition to winning the Sherwood Anderson Writer's Grant, was a finalist for the 2005 PEN/Faulkner Award. It won the 2006 Mountains and Plains Booksellers Association Best Fiction Award and the 2006 Virginia Commonwealth University's First Novel Award.

Robert Garner McBrearty (2007)

Robert Garner McBrearty lives in Louisville, Colorado, with his wife and two children. His short stories have appeared in major literary publications including The Pushcart Prize, Missouri Review, Mississippi Review, and New England Review. His first book of shorts stories, A Night at the Y, received glowing reviews from Publisher's Weekly and the Chicago Tribune, which called it a "warm and engaging collection." His new collection of stories-in-progress is called Episode and includes a story by that title, previously published in North American Review, and "Teach Us, " which first appeared in Narrative Magazine. Those stories were included in his entry for the Anderson Award. Other stories from the new collection were first published in StoryQuarterly and Green Hills Literary Lantern. McBrearty teaches writing at the University of Colorado at Boulder. You can see more of his work at his website http://www.robertgarnermcbrearty.com/.

Nelly Rosario (2008)

Nelly Rosario (2008) Nelly Rosario was born in the Dominican Republic and raised in Brooklyn, New York. She received a BS in engineering from MIT and an MFA from Columbia University. She has received numerous awards, including a 1999 Barbara Deming Memorial Fund Fellowship, two National Arts Club Writing Fellowships, and a Hurston/Wright Award in Fiction. She was named "Writer on the Verge" by the Village Voice Literary Supplement in 2001. Her debut novel Song of the Water Saints won a PEN Open Book Award in 2002. Currently she teaches at Texas State University in San Marcos.

Lucy Jane Bledsoe (2009)

Lucy Jane Bledsoe lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her fiction has won an Arts & Letters First Prize for Fiction, a California Arts Council Individual Fellowship, a PEN Syndicated Fiction Award, an American Library Association Stonewall Award, two National Science Foundation Artists & Writers Fellowships, a Helene Wurlitzer Fellowship, and has been translated into Spanish, German, Japanese, Chinese, and Dutch. Bledsoe's newest novel, The Big Bang Symphony: a novel of Antarctica, will be out in Spring 2010.

Tracy Winn (2010)

Tracy Winn's debut collection of linked short stories, Mrs. Somebody Somebody: stories was published by Southern Methodist University Press in 2009 and as a Reader's Circle Selection from Random House Trade paperbacks in 2010. A recipient of grants and fellowships from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Millay Colony and the MacDowell Colony, among others, Tracy works with Gaining Ground, a non-profit farm that grows and gives away all of its fresh produce for hunger relief.

William Lychack (2011)

William Lychack's story collection The Architect of Flowers (Houghton Mifflin, 2011) limits the subject matter in each work so that the narrator can look closely at what he has mapped out and thereby open up his subject almost fully to the reader--reserving some mystery to himself, nevertheless. The reader's perception of that mystery is significant and part of the fun; thus, Lychack gives us fine writing and necessary, important writing at once. He was the Writer-in-Residence from 2006 to 2010 at Phillips Academy, and is currently a member of the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Katherine Min (2012)

Katherine Min's first novel Secondhand World was published by Alfred A. Knopf in 2006, and was a finalist for the PEN/Bingham Award. She has received a Pushcart Prize, an NEA grant, and fellowships from the North Carolina and New Hampshire Arts Councils. Min's stories have been widely published and anthologized. She is currently at work on her second novel, The Fetishist.

Tupelo Hassman (2013)

Tupelo Hassman' first novel, girlchild, was published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in 2012, and was shortlisted for the Center for Fiction's Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize, a finalist for the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award, and a winner of the Alex Award. She is a recipient of the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame Silver Pen Award. She is an associate professor at Santa Monica College and lives in Oakland, California. Her website is http://www.tupelohassman.com

Kristopher Jansma (2014)

Kristopher Jansma's first novel, The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards, was published by Viking/Penguin in 2013. It received an Honorable Mention for the 2014 PEN/Hemingway Award and was longlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence and the Flaherty-Dunnan Debut Novel Prize. He is an assistant professor at SUNY New Paltz College and lives in Brooklyn with his wife and son. His website is http://www.kristopherjansma.com