Meet The 2022 PENamerica Emerging Voices Fellows – Winners
2022 Emerging Voices Fellows and Mentors:
PEN America welcomes the 2022 Emerging Voices Fellows. Natáhne Arrowsmith, S. Erin Batiste, Sarah Chaves, Julian Iralu, Iris Kim, Jane S. Kim, Monica Mills, Doreen Oliver, Connie Pertuz-Meza, Edythe Rodriguez, Shakeema Smalls, and Christina Tudor will each receive $1,500, a professional headshot, one-year complimentary PEN membership, and partake in a five-month immersive mentorship program that includes virtually accessible creative writing workshops, visits from publishing professionals, and workshops that emphasize the business of books. This year’s mentors include Kristen Arnett, Reyna Grande, Leslie Jamison, Crystal Hana Kim, Roya Marsh, Porsha Olayiwola, José Olivarez, Tochi Onyebuchi, Margaret Wilkerson Sexton, Evie Shockley, Phuc Tran, and David Heska Wanbli Weiden.
Meet The 2022 PENamerica Emerging Voices Fellows – Winners:
The 12 fellows were selected from the largest applicant pool in the program’s 26-year history. Among the judges who made up the final selection committee were writer and fiction editor at The Rumpus, Kelsey Norris; literary agent at Aevitas Creative Management, Sarah Bowlin; poet, writer, and author of the novel-in-verse Dreaming of You, Melissa Lozada-Oliva; and producer, professor, and author of Down Along with That Devil’s Bones: A Reckoning with Monuments, Memory, and the Legacy of White Supremacy, Connor Towne O’Neill.
The following talented writers were 2022 finalists: Ashia Ajani, Samar Al Summary, Yalda Asmatey, Jessica Diaz-Hurtado, Karina Aguilar Guerrero, Fabrice Guerrier, Audrey Gutierrez, Jason Harris, Elliot Kukla, Kaylin Moss, Kiki Nicole, Achiro P. Olwoch, Aureleo Sans, and Masha Shukovich.