2016 Emerging Writers Fellows Reading

Wednesday May 17, 2017
07:00 pm

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Our 2016 Fellows read one last time from what they’ve been working throughout the program. There were readings from Daniel DiStefano, Marie Holmes, Kay Iguh, Swati Khurana, Hafeez Lakhani, Danny Lorberbaum, Zulma Ortiz-Fuentes, Dan Sheehan, and Erin Somers.


The Center for Fiction Fellowships for NYC Early Career Writers are made possible through a grant from The Jerome Foundation with matching funds from individual donors. For more information on the program click here.

Daniel DiStefano holds an MFA in Fiction from the Helen Zell Writers' Program at the University of Michigan. His writing has appeared in Indiana Review, Whitefish Review, on the Missouri Review podcast, and on the blogs forPloughshares and Michigan Quarterly Review. A New Jersey native, he now lives in Queens with his criminally adorable dog.  

Marie Holmes' fiction has appeared in the Los Angeles Review and other literary magazines. She has won the Gival Press Short Story Award and the Bronx Writer's Center Chapter One Fiction Competition. Her personal essays have appeared inRefinery 29, Cosmopolitan, The Washington Post, and elsewhere. She teaches in New York City's public schools and lives in Upper Manhattan with her family. 

Kay Iguh is a fiction writer and graduate of the Creative Writing Program at New York University. She attended the New York State Summer Writer’s Institute at Skidmore College in 2013 and will complete a four-week residency at the Vermont Studio Center in June. Her short story “House Girl” won the 2016 Disquiet Literary Prize and will be published in Guernica in July of the same year. She currently teaches creative writing to high school students. A native Nigerian, she grew up in Houston and now lives in Brooklyn.

Swati Khurana has been published in The New York Times, Guernica, The Offing, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. She has exhibited at the DUMBO Arts Festival, Queens Museum of Art, the Smithsonian Institution, and received awards from Jerome Foundation, Bronx Council of the Arts, Cooper Union, and Center for Book Arts. A graduate of the MFA Fiction program at Hunter College and Kundiman fellow, she is writing a novel titled The No.1 Printshop of Lahore.

Hafeez Lakhani was born in Hyderabad, India and raised in suburban South Florida. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Crazyhorse, Exposition Review, Salt Hill, Tikkun, The Cortland Review, and The Southern Review, where his essay “If We Show That We Like They Make More Mainga” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He has won Finalist for the Glimmer Train New Writers Award andThe Indiana Review Nonfiction Prize, alongside a PEN Emerging Voice Fellowship. In 2015 he was recognized with a Notable Essay in Best American Essays and was profiled by The Huffington Post as one of “Eight Fantastic New Writers To Look Out For”. In former lives an NGO field worker in India and a commodities trader on Wall Street, he divides his time now between teaching and writing.


Danny Lorberbaum is a graduate of the MFA Program at Hunter College. His work has appeared in Guernica and Southwest Review, where it received the McGinnis-Ritchie Award. In 2016, he was the recipient of a fellowship from the MacDowell Colony. He lives in Brooklyn.

Zulma Ortiz-Fuentes was born in Puerto Rico but has lived most of her life in Brooklyn. She received a BA in English from the University of Puerto Rico and an MA in English Literature from New York University. She taught middle and high school English in New York City public schools for twelve years. Currently she teaches yoga and is working on a collection of short stories. Her work has appeared in bosque (the magazine) and The Prose Project.

Dan Sheehan is an Irish fiction writer, journalist, and editor. His writing has appeared in The Irish Times, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Guernica, TriQuarterly, Words Without Borders, Electric Literature, Literary Hub and numerous other publications. He lives in New York, where he is currently working for Literary Hub and as a non-fiction editor for Guernica Magazine.

Erin Somers' fiction has appeared in the Cincinnati Review, Tin House Open Bar, Gigantic, and elsewhere. She has won prizes from Green Mountains Review andAmerican Short Fiction. The recipient of a 2016 residency from the Millay Colony, she holds an MFA from the University of New Hampshire. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and daughter.