This year, we received and read 97 applications for the Kathy Fish Fellowship. After long hours reading and discussing the merits of the applicants, we’re hugely excited to announce that Tara Laskowski is our 2009 Fish Fellow. We’d also like to recognize the outstanding work of the other writers on our shortlist. As we did last year, I’ll post their #’s here as well, as that’s how we knew the applicants during the reading process (all names were stripped from the materials before staff members could read them).
55: Tara Laskowski
3: Sara Levine
16: Megan Mayhew Bergman
23: Douglas Bruton
Many other applications were excellent as well. The five above represented those who completely blew us away.
We can’t wait to begin working with Tara. Here’s a little more information about her:
Tara Laskowski earned an MFA in Creative Writing from George Mason University and recently completed a manuscript of her first novel, set in her hometown in Pennsylvania. Her fiction and nonfiction have been published in several places, most recently The Rambler and Phoebe: A Journal of Literature and Art. Her short story “They” was published in Pindledyboz and was a storySouth Million Writers Award notable online story in 2004. Another story, “Hole to China,” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Tara lives and works in a suburb of Washington, D.C., and is learning how to play the piano.
Tara is the third Fish Fellow, following Beth Thomas in 2007 and Stefanie Freele in 2008.