Summer 2016 Kratz Writing Fellows

Photograph by Lizzie Brown

Each year, the Kratz Center for Creative Writing at Goucher College offers writing fellowships for the summer. These awards range from between $1,000 to $3,000 and are open to all sophomores, juniors, and seniors who have taken a 200-level and a 300-level writing workshop at Goucher College. The fellowships fund worthy projects falling within the following areas: (1) travel and/or research connected to and culminating in a work of creative writing; (2) a writing-related internship at (for example) a literary magazine or book publisher; (3) attendance at a summer conference or workshop.

This year, the Kratz Center is pleased to welcome 13 students as the new 2016 Kratz Summer Writing Fellows (listed in alphabetical order):

Ashley Begley’s fellowship will allow her to explore the ways in which small-fiction fantasies can be utilized to question how the magic of childhood intersects with the colonial genocide enacted upon Native American communities.

Lucy Burchell’s project will involve work resulting from a journey to Cuba, where she will explore locales frequented by other American writers last century.

Isabel DaSilva’s fellowship will enable her to participate as a scholar at the Columbia University Summer Publishing program.

Adam Geller’s fellowship will enable him to perform traditional work on the Pow-Wow Circuit and write a Forty-niner and multiple non-fiction pieces about the life of contemporary Native Americans with particular emphasis on traveling performers and their relationship with food, music and history.

Rika Hoffman’s fellowship will support the creation of short stories inspired by revisiting her mother’s homeland of Japan and also by revisiting Taiwan, where she was a high school exchange student for one year.

Corey Isaacs’s fellowship will enable him to visit the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin to study the manuscripts of David Foster Wallace and to write fiction that is both informed and inspired by these documents.

Alice Johnston will generate a collection of poetry inspired by contrasts between expansive landscapes and enclosed rooms of lodging along the historic 192-mile coast-to-coast walk in Northern England.

Cynthia Koster will travel to New Orleans to research the justice system, tourism, and local culture as research for a mystery novel based in the city.

India Lamb’s project will involve the creation of a series of short stories in both fiction and non-fiction which involve the culture and true essence of Baltimore by showcasing its beauty as well as its hardships.

Anna Sandacz will process and reflect experiences in India through personal essay.

Jody Spence will visit various “melting pot” cities in the United States and then write a collection of poetry and a longer piece of creative nonfiction prose about being plus size in skinny America.

Rae Walker will write a series of poems related to migrating from the South to the North by traveling via railroad to undertake a poet’s version of Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series.

Sabrina Silva will create a set of poems about her father by learning about his life in Portugal, visiting where he lived, worked, and studied, as well as the people closest to him.


Pictured above:  a few of this year's new writing fellows after attending the First Friday Tea held by the English Department in the Soper Room of the Julia Rogers Building.

Front row:  (l-r) Cyndi Koster, Anna Sandacz, Lucy Burchell, Rika Hoffman, Isabel DaSilva;

Back row:  (l-r) Corey Isaacs, Jody Spence, India Lamb, Alice Johnston, Rae Walker, Adam Geller.  Not pictured: Ashley Begley, Sabrina Silva.