Fishtrap is pleased to introduce our Fellows for 2013: Jose Alcantara, Nathan Slinker, Kelly Wallace and Rachel Khong.
The four were selected from over 60 applicants. The final judge, Jennifer Sahn of Orion Magazine, says of the applicants “I had the honor of selecting four Fishtrap Fellows from a pool of great talent. There are two poetry fellows this year: Jose Alcantara, whose poetry offers a fresh and invigorating view of the natural world; and Fishtrap alumnus Nathan Slinker, who writes about transformative experiences in the West. Fiction writer Rachel Khong’s surprising and somewhat irreverent voice shows exciting promise, as does nonfiction fellow Kelly Wallace’s brittle and honest prose.
Kelly Wallace is based in Portland and has run Boot Camp for Writers, providing workshops on social networking, blogging and query letters to literary agents since August 2012. She has also coached individuals one-to-one in editing book proposals and query letters. Kelly was selected as one of The Attic Institute’s Hawthorne Fellows in 2012, and two of her pieces were included in their online journal The Boulevard. She holds a B.A. degree in Women’s Studies from Wells College in Aurora, NY, and has been working on her own personal memoir manuscript, “The Yellow Blanket” since October 2010.
Rachel Khong works at McSweeney’s Publishing in San Francisco, where she edits cookbooks and a quarterly food magazine called Lucky Peach. She is close to finishing her novel Goodnight, Vitamin, which she describes as “the sort of book I love to read: weird and sentence-driven.” Rachel has won several notable awards for her fiction writing and has a B.A. in English from Yale and M.F.A. in Creative Writing (Fiction) from University of Florida.
Nathan Slinker is a native of the Wallowa Valley, currently living in Tempe, Arizona where he is studying for his M.F.A in Poetry at Arizona State University. He first attended Summer Fishtrap just after graduating high school grateful for that early opportunity to discover contemporary poetry. Nathan looks forward to returning to “the community where I was raised and where I discovered writing.” He has a B.A in English from University of Nevada.
Jose Alcantara is a math teacher and father from Carbondale, Colorado, who has immersed himself in poetry over the past three years. Having come to the love of words later than some, he was encouraged to join a local poetry reading and writing group after a friend pointed out the poetic nature of his letters to the editor of the local newspaper. He has been writing poems ever since. Jose tries to be “open to whatever comes through. That might happen on long walks, on bus rides, through news stories or dreams, whatever demands that I note it, praise it, or challenge it. I write to make sense of my world and to make sense of myself.”