2013 Results

2013 Writers@Work Fellowship Competition Results

Poetry judged by Katharine Coles


Charles Wyatt, “Worms,” “Feathers,” “Who Dreams This Dreams Me,” “Unnatural Fisherman,” “Flies,” and “Monsters.”

Charles Wyatt, winner of 2013 Writers@Work Fellowship Competition for poetryCharles Wyatt is the author of two collections of short fiction, (Listening to Mozart, University of Iowa Press, Swan of Tuonela, Hanging Loose Press), a novella (Falling Stones: the Spirit Autobiography of S.M. Jones, Texas Review Press), and two poetry chapbooks (A Girl Sleeping, Sow’s Ear Poetry Review Chapbook Series, Myomancy, Finishing Line Press).  He is the recipient of the Beloit Poetry Journal’s 2010 Chad Walsh Prize. He has served as visiting writer at Binghamton University, Denison University, The University of Central Oklahoma, Purdue University, and Oberlin College.  He currently teaches in the Low Residency Program of the University of Nebraska and the Writing Program of UCLA Extension. Before this, he was principal flutist of the Nashville Symphony for 25 years.

Honorable Mentions

Lauren Moseley, “Please,” “Pressure,” “Gorgon,” “Against Me With Me Round About,” “A Fine Essence Descending,” and “The Ash Field.”

Lauren Moseley earned her MFA at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She is a recipient of an artist’s grant from the Money for Women/Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, and her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Arts & Letters, Cimarron Review, Mississippi Review, West Branch Wired, the anthologies Best New Poets 2009 and Women Write Resistance, and elsewhere. Her poetry reviews can be found in The Los Angeles Review, Pleiades,and storySouth. She works at Algonquin Books in Chapel Hill, NC.

Christopher Nelson, “Instructions for Still Life with Vulture,” “Italian Landscape,” and “Seascape with the Sea Omitted.”

Christopher Nelson is the author of Blue House, published in the New American Poets Chapbook Series (PSA 2009). He earned a MFA in creative writing from the University of Arizona, where he was a Jacob Javits Fellow. Recently he was featured in Best New Poets 2012. Read his interviews with poets online at Under A Warm Green Linden.



Sara Shea for “Shine”

Sara Shea, winner of the 2013 Writers@Work Fellowship for non-fictionSara Shea is a writer and marketing consultant with a BA in English from Kenyon College, where she served as a Student Associate Editor for The Kenyon Review and as an intern at National Geographic Magazine in Washington, D.C.  She spent her junior year studying abroad at Exeter University in the UK, where she won a “New Millennium Poetry Contest” sponsored by The Queen of England, British Parliament and judged by UK Laureate Andrew Motion. After college, she served as Assistant Publisher of a Connecticut-based arts and entertainment guide and founded a small marketing firm.  She currently resides in the Smokey Mountains of Tennessee and enjoys classes in UNC Asheville’s Smoky Mountain Writers Program.

Honorable Mentions

Nancy Penrose,“Translating Lebanon”

Nancy Penrose writes to explore the territories where cultures converge. Her work has appeared in publications including Shenandoah, Memoir (and)Passager, and Drash.  Her essays have also appeared in Travelers’ Tales The Best Travel Writing 2008 and The Best Women’s Travel Writing 2009, and the 2011 anthology Burning Bright: Passager Celebrates 21 Years. Her most recent awards are from the 2012 Soul-Making Keats Literary Competition. More information about her writing may be found on her website at www.plumerose.net.

Aaron Landsman, “The Liver Lady and Anything Man”

Aaron Landsman’s previous publications include a travel essay in Hobart, freelance assignments at The Village Voice, a poem in Mudfish, and an essay and script forthcoming in Yale Theater Journal. His plays and performance works have been presented in theaters and other spaces in New York, London, Lund, Minsk, Houston, Tempe, Cleveland, Chicago and San Francisco. He is also an actor, and has performed extensively in the US, Europe, and Australia. He currently splits his time between Urbana, IL and Brooklyn, NY. He is married to Johanna Meyer and father to Harold.



Jill Logan, “The Give-up”

Jill Logan, winner of 2013 Writers@Work Fellowship Competition for fictionJill Logan is a recent graduate of the Iowa Writer’s Workshop.  She was a finalist for the Thomas Wolfe fiction prize and the Tobias Wolff fiction prize and has had fiction published in MeridianBellingham Review, and Crazyhorse.  She is currently working on a novel and short story collection.

Honorable Mentions

Barbara Duffey, “And All Night We Have Not Stirred”

Barbara Duffey is an assistant professor of English at Dakota Wesleyan University.  Her poetry has been published in Prairie Schooner, Indiana Review, Best New Poets 2009, and elsewhere, and her nonfiction has appeared in CutBank.  She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Utah, an M.F.A. from the University of Houston, and a B.A. summa cum laude from the University of Southern California.  She lives in Mitchell, SD, with her husband, son, dog, and cat.

Paulette Livers, “On My Disheartening Absence in This Picture”

Paulette Livers is the author of the novel Cementville, forthcoming from Counterpoint Press in Spring 2014. The recipient of the 2012 David Nathan Meyerson Prize for Fiction, her work been shortlisted for awards from Hunger Mountain, Writers at Work, and the Sozopol Summer Literary Seminars. Along with Honorable Mentions for the Red Hen Press Short Story Award in 2011 and 2012, her stories have appeared in The Southwest Review, The Dos Passos Review, Spring Gun Press, and elsewhere, and can be heard at the audio-journal Bound Off. She has received residencies and fellowships from the Artcroft Foundation, Aspen Writers Foundation, Center for the American West, Denver Women’s Press Club, Key West Literary Seminars, and Ox-Bow Artist Residence. A member of the Squaw Valley Community of Writers, Livers lives in Chicago.



Sara Akant
Annah Browning
Jenny Burkholder
Andrea England
Lauren Moseley
Christopher Nelson
Maya Catherine Popa
Kita Shantiris
Donna Steiner
Sara Talpos
Charles Wyatt


Burt Bradley
Harmony Button
Melissa Chadburn
Barbara Duffey
Molly Howes
Aaron Landsman
Jillian Harris McKelvey
Nancy Penrose
Sara Shea
Michael G. Smith


David Armstrong
Nicole Davis
Ree Davis
Barbara Duffey
Andy Farnsworth
Erin Fitzgerald
Pamela Hartmann
Paulette Livers
Jill Logan
Leslie Phillips
Kirsten Rue