2014-2015 Fellows

Cara BaylesCara Bayles holds a BA in English and Film Studies from Wesleyan University and a MFA in Creative Writing from Boston University. Her fiction has appeared in Meridian (University of Virginia), Trop, and the anthology Watching the Cash Roll in Since 2012. She traveled to India on a Leslie Epstein Global Fellowship in Fiction, and she was a finalist for the 2013 New Orleans Tennessee Williams Festival Prize in Fiction. She is an award-winning reporter who has covered the streets of Boston and the bayous of southern Louisiana. Her journalism has appeared in the Boston Globe, the Houma Courier, the Thibodaux Daily Comet, and Beer Advocate magazine. She will spend her year as a Steinbeck Fellow completing her novel.

Yalitza Ferreras

Yalitza Ferreras received a BA in English and a BA in Political, Legal, and Economic Analysis from Mills College and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She is a winner of the University of Michigan’s Nicholas Delbanco Thesis Prize and a fellowship from the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto. She has an essay inWise Latinas: Writers on Higher Education and a short story in Daring to Write: Contemporary Narratives by Dominican Women. She was raised in New York and the Dominican Republic, and currently resides in San Francisco where she is at work on a novel and a collection of short stories.


Reese Okyong Kwon

Reese Okyong Kwon has published in Ploughshares, the Believer, Kenyon ReviewSouthern Review, and elsewhere. A recipient of scholarships from Yaddo, Ledig House, and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, she has been named one of Narrative’s “30 Below 30” writers. She is working on a novel.