We are pleased to announce the 2018 Summer Fishtrap Fellowship recipients.

Sarah Aronson – Missoula, MT
Cynthia Carmina Gómez – Portland, OR
Cameron McGill – Moscow, ID
Anne Terashima – Chicago, IL

Since 1990, Fishtrap has awarded more than 100 Fellowships to new and emerging writers, many of whom have gone on to publish, and succeed in full-time careers as writers and teachers. Fishtrap is able to provide Fellowships through the generous support from individuals and foundations. This year, we are able to provide a fourth Fellowship thanks to the 2017 Summer Fishtrap faculty who saw the value of this opportunity and donated funds to cover the costs.

More about the 2018 Summer Fishtrap Fellows

Sarah Aronson writes poems and essays from Missoula, MT. Her work can be found in the Portland Review, Big Sky Journal, Camas, and Cirque among others. She is also the host and producer of the Montana Public Radio program and podcast, The Write Question.



Cynthia Carmina Gómez was born in Camp 52, Litchfield Park, Arizona, a small migrant community in the outskirts of Phoenix. She was raised on the Mexican border speaking Spanish as her native language. She moved to Oregon in 1993 where she spent over 10 years working for the nonprofit Latino Network, operated her own consulting firm, and was appointed by the Governor to serve on the Oregon Commission on Hispanic Affairs and the Environmental Justice Task Force. In 2015, she was awarded the Governors’ Gold Civic Leadership Award. Today, Cynthia serves as the Executive Director of the Cultural Resource Centers and works as faculty at Portland State University where she is also a candidate in the MFA Creative Writing Nonfiction Program. Her biggest inspirations are her life partner Kirk and two children Leia and Nadia.


Photo: AJ Mason

Cameron McGill is a third-year MFA candidate in poetry at the University of Idaho, a musician, and the poetry editor of the journal Fugue. He is the recipient of a Silver Creek Writers’ Residency and a scholarship to the New York State Summer Writers Institute. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in American Poetry ReviewQueen Mob’s Teahouse, Fogged Clarity, The Harvard Advocate, La Presa, and Grist.


Anne Terashima is a writer and editor from Salt Lake City, Utah. She is completing a master’s degree in writing and publishing at DePaul University, where she is a graduate assistant to the English department. Her work has appeared in Poetry East and the anthology Red Rock Stories: Three Generations of Writers Speak on Behalf of Utah’s Public Lands. Anne loves to hike, bike, and bask in the mountains and red rock of her home state.



2018 Fellowship Judge – Susan Moore
Susan Moore is the Director of Programs for Literary Arts and directs the Oregon Book Awards and Fellowship program. She is the author of the chapbooks She Preferred to Read the Knives and How to Live Forever, published by Dancing Girl Press, and an editor of the anthology Alive At The Center: Contemporary Poems from the Pacific Northwest, published by Ooligan Press. Her work has appeared in Poetry NorthwestNew York QuarterlyQuick Fiction and elsewhere. She was born in Southern California but has spent most of her life in Oregon.

Help us grow and maintain a rich, dynamic community of talented writers by becoming a part of this important program. If you would like to help fund one of our Fishtrap Fellows, please contact us.