Christine Hennessey is a freelance writer and teacher in coastal North Carolina. Her fiction and essays have appeared in Heavy Feather Review, Switchback, The Summerset Review, Elephant Journal, Prime Number Magazine, Treehouse, and LIT, among others. She holds an MFA from the University of North Carolina Wilmington, and is at work on a novel about marriage, sisterhood, and honeybees.
Honorée Fanonne Jeffers is the author of three books of poetry. She has received an award from the Rona Jaffe Foundation; the Tennessee Williams Fiction Scholarship from the Sewanee Writer’s Conference; and fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, the American Antiquarian Society, and the National Endowment for the Arts, among others. Her poetry, prose, and fiction have been published in numerous literary journals; and she is at work on her first novel. She is Associate Professor of English and Creative Writing Coordinator at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, OK, where she lives.
Cody Klippenstein is a lecturer and 2015 MFA candidate in Fiction at Cornell University. Her work has won the Zoetrope: All-Story fiction prize, The Fiddlehead short story prize, and has been a finalist for the Malahat Review’s Open Season Award. She currently lives in Ithaca, New York, where she is at work on her first novel.
EJ Levy’s stories have appeared in the Paris Review, Gettysburg Review, Missouri Review, and Kenyon Review, among other places. Her debut story collection, Love, In Theory, won the 2012 Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, a 2012 ForeWord Book of the Year Award (Bronze), the 2014 GLCA’s New Writers Award, and was named a 2013 Best Indie Book of the Year by Kirkus; it is scheduled to be released in French by Editions Rivages. Her essays have appeared in The New York Times, Best American Essays, The Rumpus, and Salon, and received a Pushcart Prize. She teaches in the MFA Program at Colorado State University and lives with her partner and their baby in Loveland, CO.
Anna Noyes is a recent graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her fiction has appeared in Guernica, VICE, A Public Space, and elsewhere. She has served as writer-in-residence at the James Merrill House and the Polli Talu Arts Center in Estonia. She is currently at work on a novel, Peninsula, and a short story collection, Goodnight, Beautiful Women, which received the 2013 Henfield Prize for Fiction.
Huda Al-Marashi is an Iraqi-American at work on a memoir about the impact of her dual-identity on her marriage. Excerpts from this memoir have appeared in the anthologies Love Inshallah: The Secret Love Lives of Muslim American Women, Becoming: What Makes a Woman, In Her Place, and Beyond Belief: The Secret Lives of Women and Extreme Religion, a collection that the Washington Post listed among the best nonfiction for 2013. She writes a monthly column for Love Inshallah at patheos.com and is also the recipient of a 2012 Creative Workforce Fellowship.
Sisonke Msimang is a South African writer and activist. Her early career focused on helping international organizations such as UNAIDS forge policies that responded to the specific needs of African women and girls swept up in the global AIDS pandemic. In 2005, she joined the Soros Foundation, later becoming the executive director of the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa, where she led a talented team that was responsible for funding efforts on human rights, good governance and democracy building across the region. Msimang is now a full-time writer who has a column in the Daily Maverick and has been published in a range of outlets including The New York Times, the Huffington Post, and the Christian Science Monitor.
2014 Emerging Writer Fellows