The Steinbeck Fellows Program of San José State University was endowed through the generosity of Martha Heasley Cox. It offers new writers of any age and background a $15,000 fellowship to finish a significant writing project. Named in honor of author John Steinbeck, the program is guided by his lifetime of work in literature, the media, and environmental activism.

Fellowships are currently offered in Creative Writing (excluding poetry) and Steinbeck Studies. Fellows may be appointed in many fields, including literary scholarship, fiction, drama, education, science and the media.

While in residence in the San José area, Fellows are afforded office space and, when needed, housing assistance through the Center for Steinbeck Studies and the Department of English and Comparative Literature. Application Information.

This Year's Steinbeck Fellows:


Katie FlynnKatie M. Flynn’s stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Colorado Review, Indiana Review, Joyland Magazine, Juked, Ninth Letter, Witness Magazine, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of Colorado Review’s Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction and a fellowship from the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto and serves as fiction editor at Split Lip Magazine.



Laura GoodeLaura Goode is the author of the novel SISTER MISCHIEF (Candlewick Press, 2011), and the collection of poems BECOME A NAME (Fathom Books, 2016); she co-wrote and produced the feature film FARAH GOES BANG, which premiered at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival and won the inaugural Nora Ephron Prize from Tribeca and Vogue. Her essays have appeared in Refinery29, BuzzFeed, ELLE, Glamour, New York Magazine, New Republic, Longreads, Catapult, and elsewhere. She received her BA and MFA from Columbia University and lives in San Francisco.


Meng JinMeng Jin's fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Ploughshares, Masters Review, The Baltimore Review, Arkansas International, The Bare Life Review, and elsewhere. A Kundiman fellow, she has received support from the Hunter College MFA, Hedgebrook, VSC, M on the Bund, the David TK Wong Fellowship, and the Elizabeth George Foundation. She was born in Shanghai and currently lives in San Francisco, where she is finishing her first novel.


Kirin KhanKirin Khan is a writer living in Oakland, CA who calls Albuquerque, New Mexico her hometown, and Peshawar, Pakistan her homeland. A 2016 VONA/Voices and 2017 Las Dos Brujas alum, 2017 PEN Emerging Voices Fellow, 2017 SF Writers Grotto Fellow, and 2018 AWP Writer to Writer Mentee, her work has appeared in The Margins, Your Impossible Voice, 7x7 LA, and sPARKLE & bLINK. Kirin is working on her first novel.


Jill LoganJill Logan has an MFA in Fiction from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was a Teaching Fellow. Her fiction and essays have appeared in Zyzzyva, Michigan Quarterly Review, Crazyhorse, Alaska Quarterly Review, and elsewhere and have won a Writers at Work Fellowship and the Katherine Anne Porter Award for Fiction. She’s a Lecturer at San José State University and currently at work on her novel The Fracking.


Christine VinesChristine Vines recently received her MFA in fiction from Cornell University, where she currently teaches English and creative writing. Her work has appeared in Joyland, Electric Literature, and The Writer's Chronicle, and was selected as a fiction finalist for the 2017 Jeffrey E. Smith Editor's Prize by The Missouri Review. Four four years, she ran the Fiction Addiction Reading Series in NYC. 



Other Steinbeck Fellow News:  

  • August 2018: 2013-2014 Fellow Vanessa Hua published the novel River of Stars (Ballantine).
  • July 2018: 2014-2015 Fellow R.O. Kwon published the novel The Incendiaries (Riverhead).
  • Spring 2018: 2009-2010 Fellow Andrew Milward received a Literature Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.
  • March 2018: 2011-2012 Fellow Kirstin Chen published the novel Bury What We Cannot Take (Little A).
  • February 2018: 2013-2014 Fellow Dallas Woodburn published a collection of short stories, Woman, Running Late in a Dress (Yellow Flag Press)
  • February 2018: 2008-2009 Fellow Jasmin Darznik published the novel Song of a Captive Bird (Ballantine).
  • Fall 2017: 2017-2018 Fellow Dominica Phetteplace received a Writers' Award from the  Rona Jaffe Foundation.
  • Spring 2016: 2014-2015 Fellow R.O. Kwon received a Literature Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.
  • July 2015: 2013-2014 Fellow Vanessa Hua's collection of short stories, The Responsibility of Deceit, will be published by Willow Books. Vanessa also won the San Francisco Foundation's 2014 James D. Phelan Award for the manuscript Loaves and Fishes. Read an interview with Vanessa about the award
  • April 2015: 2007-2008 Fellow Peter Nathaniel Malae has been awarded a 2015 Oregon Literary Fellowship in drama, on the strength of his new play The Question
  • December 2013: 2005-2006 Fellow Sarah Houghteling received a 2014 Creative Writing Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.
  • 2001-2002 Fellow Katie Rodger published Renaissance Man of Cannery Row: The Life and Letters of Edward F. Ricketts (2002) and Breaking Through: Essays, Journals, and Travelogues of Edward F. Ricketts (2006).
  • 2002-2003 Fellow Robert F. James is finishing the Outdoor Life Magazine Survival Manual (sched. 2012). He is Project Editor for this and for another book for Field & Stream magazine coming out in 2013.
  • 2002-2003 Fellow Greta Manville's work on updating, researching, and compiling an online searchable bibliography of secondary literature on John Steinbeck was completed in 2007, resulting in a unique resource for an American author:
  • 2004-2005 Fellow Diana Spechler, published Who By Fire (Harper Perennial 2008) and Skinny, (Harper Perennial 2011).
  • 2007-2008 Fellow Dan White, published The Cactus Eaters: How I Lost My Mind--And Almost Found Myself--On the Pacific Trail (Harper Perennial 2008).
  • 2005-2006 Fellow Sara Houghteling, published Pictures at an Exhibition (Knopf, 2009), reviewed in the New York Times. On April 15, 2010, the Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Hartford presented Houghteling with the 2009 Edward Lewis Wallant Award for her novel. Other Wallant Award winners include Cynthia Ozick, Curt Leviant, Chaim Potok and Myla Goldberg.
  • 2006-2007 Fellow Charles McLeod was selected to receive a 2009 Pushcart Prize and his story "National Treasures" has been selected to appear in the anthology Fraudulent Artifacts (Norton 2012). Random House UK published his novel, American Weather (2011).
  • 2007-2008 Fellow Lysley Tenorio received a 2008 Whiting Award, a $50,000 cash prize announced November 2008 at a ceremony at The Morgan Library and Museum in New York City.  Tenorio was also selected to appear in the 2010 edition of Best New American Voices.
  • 2007-2008 Fellow Peter Nathaniel Malae published in 2007 a notable book story collection Teach the Free Man, and a novel What We Are (Grove 2010), as well as Nine True Love Stories (scheduled 2011 with Grove). What We Are was reviewed in the New York Times.  Malae gave a public reading at SJSU on April 21, 2010.
  • 2008-2009 Fellow Jasmin Darznik has published with Grand Central Publishing (formerly Warner Books) The Good Daughter, her memoir of Iran, (2010), reviewed in the New York Times.
  • 2009-2010 Fellow Katie Chase was selected to receive a 2009 Pushcart Prize.
  • 2009-2010 Fellow Skip Horack’s short story collection, The Southern Cross, won the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference 2008 Bakeless Fiction Prize and was published by Mariner Books in August 2009. His second novel is The Eden Hunter (2010).
  • 2009-2010 Fellow Andrew Milward was selected to appear in the 2010 edition of Best New American Voices.