Steinbeck Fellows 2020-2021

Rita Chang-Eppig received her MFA from NYU. Her stories have appeared in McSweeney's Quarterly Concern, Kenyon Review Online, Clarkesworld, Santa Monica Review, Conjunctions, and elsewhere. She has received fellowships from the Vermont Studio Center and the Writers Grotto, and she is working on her first novel.

Tammy Delatorre has been recognized with numerous literary awards, including the Payton Prize, the Slippery Elm Prose Prize, CutBank’s Montana Prize for Nonfiction, and Columbia Journal Fall Contest Award. Her writing has appeared in Los Angeles Times, The Rumpus, Vice, Hobart Online, Arts & Letters, Lunch Ticket, and The Nervous Breakdown. She obtained her MFA in creative writing from Antioch University, Los Angeles, and during the fellowship she’ll be working on a memoir.

Brice Particelli earned his Ph.D. in education from Columbia University. His nonfiction is in or forthcoming from Harper’s, Guernica, Salmagundi, and Fourth River, among others, and he is working on a narrative nonfiction book focused on educational (dis)information communities. His work can be found at

Daniel Pearce is a writer and musician living in San Francisco. He teaches at UC Santa Cruz and is at work on a novel about academic fraud and police misconduct.

Kate Osana Simonian is an Armenian-Australian novelist, essayist, and short-story writer, whose work focuses on gender, sexuality, immigration, and identity. Since moving from Sydney to the US, she's completed an English PhD at Texas Tech and published work in the Iowa Review, Michigan Quarterly, Shenandoah, Chicago Tribune, and Best Australian Stories. In the fall, she will be teaching at California State University San Bernardino and eagerly revising her debut novel, The Cry of the Narcissist. 

Anthony Veasna So is a queer Cambodian-American writer from Stockton, CA. He holds a B.A. from Stanford University and an M.F.A. in Fiction from Syracuse University, where he received a University Fellowship, the Joyce Carol Oates Award in Fiction, and a P.D. Soros Fellowship. His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in The New Yorker, n+1, Granta, and ZYZZYVA, and his comics have appeared in Hobart and Nashville Review. He is at work on a novel about three Cambodian-American cousins—a rapper, a standup comedian, and an illustrator—and his story collection, Afterparties, is forthcoming from Ecco/HarperCollins in summer 2021.