>After poring over 90 applications, the editors of SmokeLong are ecstatic to announce that Stefanie Freele will be our Fish Fellowship “writer in residence” for 2008. This was not an easy choice—the quality of the applications we received was outstanding. Our final eight were as follows:
22: Stefanie Freele
52: Michelle Tandoc-Pichereau
72: Elizabeth Oliver
74: Glenn Shaheen
13: Stephanie Harrison
55: Kate Hill Cantrill
59: S. J. Powers
86: Sophie Rosenblum
The numbers, incidentally, were the names by which we knew the writers until after we’d reached our decision. They reflect the order in which their applications arrived. We’re only just now getting used to thinking of Stefanie as “Stefanie,” rather than as “#22.”
There were many, many writers who brought outstanding work to their applications who didn’t make the short list. In all, 21 writers received at least one strong yes vote from a member of the staff, and several others just missed that threshold. It was truly an impressive group.
We can’t wait to start working with Stefanie, and we think you’ll love her writing, which will first appear in our March 15 issue. For those wanting to know a bit more about Stefanie (as we did), we googled a bit and found this bio from the January ’08issue of Flash Fiction Online:
Stefanie Freele was born and raised in Wisconsin and currently lives on a river on the west coast. Her recent fiction credits include American Literary Review, South Dakota Review, Permafrost, Westview, Hobart, and Contrary. She will have forthcoming work in Talking River, Etchings, and in a speculative fiction anthology titled Futuristic Motherhood. She has completed a novel and is working on her MFA thesis with the Whidbey Writers Workshop in Washington.