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Announcing the 2022 Oregon Literary Fellowship Recipients

Literary Arts is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2022 Oregon Literary Fellowships.

Literary Arts received 479  applications from writers and 23 applications from publishers for the 2022 fellowships. Out-of-state judges spent several months evaluating these applications, using literary excellence as the primary criterion.

Since 1987, Literary Arts has honored over 670 Oregon writers and publishers, and distributed more than $1  million in fellowships and award monies through the Oregon Book Awards & Fellowships program.

The 2022 Oregon Literary Recipients will be honored at the 2022 Oregon Book Awards ceremony on April 25, along with the winners and finalists of the 2022 Oregon Book Awards.  The ceremony will be hosted by Kesha Ajose-Fisher, an Oregon Book Award winner and fellowship recipient. The 2022 Oregon Book Awards finalists will be announced March 7, 2022. 

Oregon Literary Career Fellowships

In 2022, Literary Arts awarded two Oregon Literary Career Fellowships of $10,000 each.

Carl Adamshick of Portland (poetry), Oregon Literary Career Fellowship

Carl Adamshick’s books include Birches, Curses and Wishes, recipient of the Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets and winner of the Oregon Book Award, Saint Friend, winner of the Oregon Book Award, and Receipt.

Dane Liu of Portland (young readers), Writer of Color Oregon Literary Career Fellowship

Dane Liu believes in the power of stories to affirm, transport, and transform. Her debut children’s book, Friends Are Friends, Forever is a Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection, an Indie Next Pick, and a Best Book of the Year (BCCB). She advocates inclusive children’s literature to build connections, spark empathy, and inspire social change. As a writer, she hopes to empower young people to see the importance of their own stories and the impact of sharing them.


Oregon Literary Fellowships

Literary Arts awarded fellowships of $3,500  to 9 writers and 2 publishers. Oregon Literary Fellowships are intended to help Oregon writers initiate, develop, or complete literary projects. Fellowships are also awarded to support Oregon’s independent publishers, small presses, and literary magazines. 


Tony Ardizzone of Portland, Laurell Swails and Donald Monroe Memorial Fellowship

Tony Ardizzone’s books include The Whale Chaser, In the Garden of Papa Santuzzu, and The Arab’s Ox: Stories of Morocco. His novel In Bruno’s Shadow, set in Rome and Croatia, will be published by Guernica Editions in Spring 2023 as part of their Guernica World Editions series.

Clemintine Guirado of Portland, Walt Morey Fellowship

Clemintine Guirado is a creativity consultant and writing coach. She was a Wallace Stegner Fiction Fellowship at Stanford University, a Carl Djerassi Fiction Fellowship at the University of Wisconsin, and has published short stories in Best New American Voices, Rainbow Curve, Comet Magazine, and 580 Split. She holds an M.F.A. in English and Creative Writing from Mills College in Oakland, CA.

Laura Herbst of Portland, Leslie Bradshaw Fellowship

Laura Herbst writes about girls and women who overcome troubled families, tyrannical figures and oppressive thinking. Her current novel is set in Togo, in West Africa, where she was a Peace Corps volunteer, and explores the struggles of an orphan girl. She has been awarded the New Millennium Writing Award for Fiction, the Kay Snow Award for Fiction, and  the Doris Betts Fiction Prize. Her work has appeared in The Sun, The Timberline Review, North Carolina Literary Reviewand elsewhere.

Jamie McPartland of Portland,  Laurell Swails and Donald Monroe Memorial Fellowship

Jamie McPartland is a writer and editor. She studied Creative Writing at The New School in New York and her essays, short fiction and articles have been featured in publications such as Guernica Magazine, Washington Square Review, Litro, and the Rogue Valley Messenger



Jessica Yen of Portland, Women Writers Fellowship

Jessica Yen is a Chinese American author whose work explores the intersection of memory, family, culture, language, and history. Her work has appeared in Fourth Genre, Oregon Humanities, and Best American Travel Writing, among others. She is currently working on a memoir. By day, she writes grants for safety net clinics and edits academic manuscripts for scholars seeking to address health inequities.


Rebecca Bornstein of Portland, C. Hamilton Bailey Fellowship    

Rebecca Bornstein has held many jobs– including production cook, elementary school secretary, goat sitter, and creative writing instructor. She holds an MFA from North Carolina State University, and her poetry has appeared in Tinderbox Poetry Journal, The Baltimore Review, jmww, The Boiler, The Journal, and elsewhere. She’s currently at work on her first poetry collection.

Genevieve DeGuzman of Portland, Writer of Color Fellowship

Genevieve DeGuzman writes in the borderlands of the literary and speculative. Her work can be found in Iron Horse Literary Review, Folio, Hobart, Phoebe, RHINO, Strange Horizons, Uncanny Magazine, and elsewhere. She has earned fellowships from Vermont Studio Center, Can Serrat, and Cuttyhunk Island Residency. As a poet, she was nominated for the Best New Poets 2020 and 2021 anthologies and was the winner of the Atticus Review 2020 poetry contest. In 2021, Artstra in Clark County, Washington featured her in its Poetry Moves program.


Jenn Reese of  Portland, Edna L. Holmes Fellowship in Young Readers

Jenn Reese (she/they) is the author of A Game of Fox & Squirrels, an NPR Best Book of 2020, a finalist for the Andre Norton Award and the Mythopoeic Award, and winner of the Oregon Book Award and Oregon Spirit Book Award. Their other publications include Every Bird a Prince (coming in 2022), the Above World trilogy, and numerous short stories and essays.  


Melissa Fonzino of Lake Oswego, Leslie Bradshaw Fellowship

Melissa Fonzino writes screenplays and is working on her first novel. She’s a member of the Writers Guild of America West and her feature film script And They Lived… is under option. Melissa is a two-time semifinalist for the Academy Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting and in 2020 she advanced to the second round of consideration for the Sundance Institute Screenwriters Lab.  


2022 Oregon Literary Fellowships for PublishersAirlie Press of Portland

Airlie Press is a nonprofit publisher run by writers, dedicated to cultivating and sustaining fine contemporary poetry and to promoting poets from the Pacific Northwest.

Two Plum Press of Milwaukie

Two Plum Press produces slim volumes of literary works both contemporary and classic. Titles include works of poetry, essays, fiction, philosophy, visual art, travel and food writing.

2022 Oregon Literary Fellowships Judges

Fellowships to writers of nonfiction, fiction, and poetry were judged by a panel consisting of Sarah Gerard, author of  Sunshine State, a New York Times Editors’ Choice, and a finalist for the Southern Book Prize; Tomás Q. Morín, author of three books, including the poetry collection Machete and the memoir Let Me Count the Ways; and David Wright, author of Black Cloud Rising and the nonfiction book Fire on the Beach: Recovering the Lost Story of Richard Etheridge and the Pea Island Lifesavers, a New Yorker notable selection.

The judge for young readers literature was Jessica Powers, who writes under the name J.L. Powers, and is the author of 9 books, including the young adult books The Confessional and This Thing Called the Future. The judge for drama was Nikki Yeboah, Associate Professor of Playwriting at the University of Washington, whose documentary theatre performances have been staged at the Soraya (Los Angeles), New College of Florida (Sarasota), Links Hall (Chicago), and the Chicago Cultural Center.  

Peter Conners, publisher and Executive Director of BOA Editions, Ltd. was the judge in publishing.

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