Martha Heasley Cox Recieving Tower Award

Martha Heasley Cox receiving San José State University's "Tower Award" from President Robert Caret in 2006 for her generosity in supporting many causes, including the Steinbeck Fellows Program.

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 $10,000 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:

Vanessa HueVanessa Hua is an award-winning writer and journalist.  Her fiction and non-fiction have appeared in ZYZZVA, Calyx, New York Times, Salon, and elsewhere, and one of her short stories won the Atlantic student fiction prize. She has been a staff writer at the San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Times, and Hartford Courant, and has filed stories from Panama, China, South Korea, and Burma.  The daughter of Chinese immigrants, she is a graduate of Stanford University and UC Riverside's MFA program.  She is at work on a novel and can be found at www.vanessahua.com.

Tommy MoutonTommy Mouton earned his B.S. in urban forestry from Southern University and A&M College and his MFA from San Jose State University.  His poetry and fiction have been in Reed Magazine and an excerpt from his novel-in-progress What We Do Cherish recently appeared in Callaloo.  Born in Lake Charles, Louisiana, raised in Moss Bluff, he currently lives in San José.

Dallas WoodburnDallas Woodburn received her BA in Creative Writing from USC and her MFA in Fiction from Purdue University. She was the recipient of the Ninth Glass Woman Prize and her collection of short stories was a finalist for the 2012 Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction. Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and has appeared in The Nashville Review, Monkeybicycle, Arcadia, and Louisiana Literature. She has also published nonfiction in The Los Angeles Times, Writer's Digest, and Family Circle, and her short plays have been produced in Los Angeles and New York City. Connect with her at www.writeonbooks.org and http://daybydaymasterpiece.com.

Other Steinbeck Fellow News:  

  • 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.