Fishtrap is pleased to introduce our 2014 Summer Fishtrap Fellows: Chelsea Jennings of Seattle, WA, Alex Carr Johnson of Yosemite, CA and Eliot Treichel of Eugene, OR.
The three were selected from over 90 applicants. Fishtrap Fellowship judge, Charles Finn, editor of High Desert Journal writes: Quiet and calmness creep from the page in Chelsea Jennings’ work. Reading her poems, I could almost fell my heart rate lower. Alex Carr Johnson brings a sensitivity to his subject and a sensitivity to language that is enviable and Elliot Treichel writes with a sureness and a refreshing lack of sentimentality. His story and prose unfold at a calming pace, much like a river.
Chelsea Jennings is a writer and educator who lives in Seattle. She holds an M.F.A in Creative Writing from the University of Washington, where she is completing a doctorate in English and Textual Studies. Chelsea currently teaches courses on twentieth-century American poetry and book arts at the University of Washington Bothell. She is the recipient of a “Discovery”/Boston Review Poetry Award and her poems have appeared in such publications as Black Warrior Review, Madison Review, Mississippi Review, Sycamore Review, and Sugar House Review.
Alex Carr Johnson restores high alpine plant communities in Yosemite National Park. He also writes long-form prose regarding the diverse ways in which humans live upon an as-yet-still-wild planet. His work has appeared in Orion Magazine, Earth Island Journal, Alaska Public Media, and elsewhere. He graduated from University of Montana with a MS in Environmental Studies and from Northland College with a BA in Writing. Alex exists virtually at www.alexandtheuniverse.wordpress.com.
Eliot Treichel was raised in northern Wisconsin and now lives in Oregon. He’s the author of the story collection Close Is Fine, available from Ooligan Press. His fiction and creative nonfiction have appeared in Narrative, Beloit Fiction Journal, CutBank, Passages North, Southern Indiana Review, Alligator Juniper, and other literary journals. He’s also written for Canoe & Kayak, Paddler, and Eugene Magazine. He holds an MFA from Bennington College, and currently teaches at Lane Community College.
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