An Evening with the 2017 NYC Emerging Writers Fellows

Wednesday October 18, 2017
07:00 pm

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We celebrated our nine 2017 Emerging Writers Fellows, who shared their work for the first time since being selected for the program in June. The evening included readings by Amna Ahmad, Charlotte Crowe, Dana Czapnik, Erik Hoel, Andrew Mangan, Crystal Powell, Maud Streep, Alexandra Tanner, and Hubert Vigilla

This program is generously funded by a grant from the Jerome Foundation, matched by additional funds from individuals. The 2017 fellows were selected by judges Manuel Gonzales (The Regional Office Is Under Attack!: A Novel), Alexandra Kleeman (Intimations), and Téa Obreht (The Tiger's Wife).



Amna Ahmad’s heart belongs to the Sonoran Desert, a habitat she fell in love with while studying in Tucson, and that inspired her graduate degree in biology. Her writing has appeared in Adbusters Magazine, You Are Here: A Journal of Creative Geography, and other publications. She was selected as a mentee for AWP’s Writer to Writer Mentorship Program in 2016. Born in Washington, D.C. and raised in Arizona and Pakistan, she lives in Brooklyn with her family. She is currently revising her first novel, The Encyclopedia of Hallucinations.

Charlotte Crowe holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop and an MA in English from the University of Oxford, where she focused on the work of Virginia Woolf and Jane Ellen Harrison. She currently works at the Brooklyn Public Library, and is writing her first novel. 

Dana Czapnik is a fiction writer and a graduate of the MFA program at Hunter College. She’s taught creative writing at Hunter and has spent most of her career working on the editorial side of professional sports. A native New Yorker, she lives in Manhattan with her husband and son and is currently at work on a novel.

Erik Hoel grew up in his family's independent bookstore, The Jabberwocky, in Massachusetts. His short fiction has appeared in Arts & Letters, American Fiction, Strange Horizons, and Our Stories, and received first place in the Writer’s Digest Annual Literary Fiction Competition. Essays of his have appeared in The Atlantic, The New Atlantis, and The Daily Beast, among others. He’s also pursued a career as a scientist, having received his PhD studying the neurological basis of consciousness. Currently he conducts research at Columbia University and his discoveries have been profiled in Nautilus and Quanta. Often his writing explores the intersection between the literary and the scientific.

Andrew Mangan holds an MFA in Fiction from Colorado State University. His stories have appeared in ZYZZYVA and Washington Square Review. Born and raised in rural Missouri, he now lives in Brooklyn.

Crystal Powell began her career as a co-producer and associate producer of independent films, including Captain Fantastic and The Place Beyond The Pinesand went on to study fiction at New York University’s Creative Writing Program as the recipient of a Lillian Vernon Fellowship. She currently lives in Brooklyn and is finishing her first novel. 

Maud Streep is from Nyack, New York and lives in Brooklyn. Her writing has been supported by work-study scholarships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and fellowships from Lighthouse Works and VCCA. She holds an MFA from the University of Montana. 

Alexandra Tanner was born raised in Florida and now makes her home in New York. She holds an MFA from The New School and is at work on a novel.  

Hubert Vigilla is a Brooklyn-based writer whose fiction has appeared in The Normal School, No Tokens, Territory, Mud Season Review, and Long Story, Short. His criticism and culture writing has appeared on Flixist, The Destroyer, and other online publications. He received his MFA from The New School.