Fellows and Scholars will be announced by Feb. 15th!


Kwame Dawes has authored 36 books of poetry, fiction, criticism, and essays, including, most recently, Nebraska (UNP, 2019), Bivouac (Akashic Books, 2019), and City of Bones: A Testament (Northwestern, 2017). Speak from Here to There (Peepal Tree Press), co-written with Australian poet John Kinsella, appeared in 2016. He is Glenna Luschei Editor of Prairie Schooner and Chancellor’s Professor of English at the University of Nebraska. He is also a faculty member in the Pacific MFA Program. He is Director of the African Poetry Book Fund and Artistic Director of the Calabash International Literary Festival. Dawes is a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.

Rebecca Makkai’s latest novel, I HAVE SOME QUESTIONS FOR YOU, will appear in February 20223 from Viking. Her last novel, THE GREAT BELIEVERS, was a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award; it was the winner of the ALA Carnegie Medal, the Stonewall Book Award, the Clark Prize, and the LA Times Book Prize; and it was one of the New York Times’ Ten Best Books of 2018. Her other books are the novels THE BORROWER and THE HUNDRED-YEAR HOUSE, and the collection MUSIC FOR WARTIME—four stories from which appeared in The Best American Short Stories. A 2022 Guggenheim Fellow, Rebecca is on the MFA faculties of Sierra Nevada University and Northwestern University, and is Artistic Director of StoryStudio Chicago. 


Derrick Harriell is a poet who was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He is the Ottilie Schillig Associate Professor of English and African American Studies at the University of Mississippi. His most recent book, Come, Kingdom was released by LSU Press in 2022. Previous collections of poems include Stripper in Wonderland, Cotton, and Ropes, winner of the 2014 Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Poetry Book Award.He earned an MFA from Chicago State University and a Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2012. He was a poetry editor for The Cream City Review in Milwaukee and Third World Press. He has been nominated twice for the Pushcart Prize.  His two works of poetry are  Ropes and Cotton.

Erika Krouse is the author of three books, most recently Tell Me Everything: The Story of a Private Investigation, which was a Book of the Month Club pick, a People Magazine Pick, a New York Times Editors’ Choice, and has been optioned by Playground Entertainment for TV adaptation. Erika is also the author of Contenders (a novel) and Come Up and See Me Sometime (short stories). Erika’s short stories have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Ploughshares, One Story, and other places. Erika teaches at the Lighthouse Writers Workshop and the Regis Mile High MFA program. 

January Gill O’Neil is an associate professor at Salem State University, and the author of Rewilding (2018), Misery Islands (2014), and Underlife (2009), all published by CavanKerry Press. From 2012-2018, she served as the executive director of the Massachusetts Poetry Festival, and currently serves on the boards of AWP and Montserrat College of Art. Her poems and articles have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-A-Day series, American Poetry ReviewGreen Mountains ReviewPoetry, and Sierra magazine, among others. Her poem, “At the Rededication of the Emmett Till Memorial,” was a co-winner of the 2022 Allen Ginsberg Poetry award from the Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College. The recipient of fellowships from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Cave Canem, and the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, O’Neil was the 2019-2020 John and Renée Grisham Writer-in-Residence at the University of Mississippi, Oxford. She lives with her two children in Beverly, MA.

Michael Farris Smith is an award-winning writer whose novels have appeared on Best of the Year lists with Esquire, NPR, Southern Living, Book Riot, and numerous others, and have been named Indie Next List, Barnes & Noble Discover, and Amazon Best of the Month selections. He has been a finalist for the Southern Book Prize, the Gold Dagger Award in the UK, and the Grand Prix des Lectrices in France, and his essays have appeared with The New York Times, Bitter Southerner, Garden & Gun, and more. He lives in Oxford, Mississippi, with his wife and daughters.

Wendy Rawlings grew up in New York and received her PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Utah in 2000. She also completed an MFA in Creative Writing at Colorado State University in 1996. The recipient of residency fellowships from The MacDowell Colony, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and Yaddo, Rawlings was awarded the John Farrar Fellowship in Fiction at the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference. Rawlings’ teaching interests include: form and theory of fiction, short fiction by women, narrative voice in the American short story, and the comic novel. A collection of her short stories, Come Back Irish, won the 2000 Sandstone Prize for Short Fiction and was published in December 2001 by Ohio State University Press. Her novel, The Agnostics, won the Michigan Literary Award from the University of Michigan Press.

Alex Glass started Glass Literary Management in 2015 after an eighteen-year career in book publishing. For the previous thirteen years he was a literary agent at Trident Media Group, where he built a diverse list of successful authors. Prior to becoming an agent, Alex worked in marketing at the Putnam Berkley Publishing Group and spent three years in the literature program at the National Endowment for the Arts. His clients have won awards such as the PEN/O’Henry, the Edgar, and the Newbery. Alex has represented fifteen New York Times bestsellers and numerous other national and international bestsellers. Alex has been interviewed and quoted in publications like Publisher’s Weekly, the Wall Street JournalKirkus Reviews, and Entertainment Weekly, which called him “an A-list agent.” He is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins University and the MFA program at American University. He lives in the New York City suburbs with his wife, Sarah, a book editor, and their daughters, Gabrielle and Vivienne.

Jade Wong-Baxter joined the Frances Goldin Literary Agency in 2021. She previously worked for three years at Massie & McQuilkin Literary Agents as a junior agent and foreign rights associate. A graduate of Vassar College, Jade got her start in publishing at Writers House, W. W. Norton, and Folio Literary Management. Her clients include Chris Belcher (PRETTY BABY, Avid Reader, 2022); Delia Cai (CENTRAL PLACES, Ballantine, 2023); and Hannah Matthews (YOU OR SOMEONE YOU LOVE, Atria, 2023). Jade is looking for adult literary/upmarket fiction and narrative nonfiction, with an emphasis on narratives by and about people of color, as well as the perspectives of marginalized identities. Her other areas of interest include magical realism, memoir, cultural criticism, and Asian-American history.

Creative Director & Faculty

MATT BONDURANTs latest novel is set to be released in 2022 and his last book, The Night Swimmer, was featured in the New York Times Book Review, Outside Magazine, and The Daily Beast, among others. His second novel The Wettest County in the World (2008) was a New York Times Editor’s Pick, a San Francisco Chronicle Best 50 Books of the Year, an international bestseller, and has been made into a feature film (Lawless) by Director John Hillcoat, starring Shia Labeouf, Tom Hardy, Jessica Chastain, Mia Wasikowska, Gary Oldman, and Guy Pearce. His first novel The Third Translation (2005) was an international bestseller, translated into 14 languages worldwide. His non-fiction work has appeared in The Huffington Post, Outside, The Dallas Morning News, The Guardian, and numerous other outlets.  Matt has sold multiple original drama TV pilots, including development deals with HBO/Cinemax, Red Wagon Entertainment, and Warner Brothers Television.

Executive Director & Faculty

SETH BRADY TUCKER’s second book, (We Deserve the Gods We Ask For, 2014), won the Gival Press Poetry Award and went on to win the Eric Hoffer Book Award. His first book, (Mormon Boy, 2012), won the Elixir Press Editor’s Poetry Prize and was a Finalist for the Colorado Book Award. His fiction has won the Bevel Summers prize, and his new short story collection was a finalist for the Flannery O’Connor prize. Recent publications in fiction, poetry, and essays appear in Litmag, Driftwood, December, Los Angeles Review, Memoir, Little Patuxent, Copper Nickel, and others. Seth is an alumnus of both Bread Loaf and Sewanee and has degrees from San Francisco State University, Northern Arizona University, and Florida State University (PhD, 2012), and teaches poetry and fiction workshops at the Lighthouse Writer’s Workshop in Denver. He is an associate teaching professor at the Colorado School of Mines, is originally from Wyoming, and once served as an Army 82nd Airborne Division paratrooper.

2022 Longleaf FELLOWS (2023 fellows will be announced in February)

Melanie Farmer, 2022 St. Joe Community Foundation Fellow in Creative Nonfiction

Melanie Farmer is a Central Florida writer and educator who holds an MFA in creative nonfiction from the University of Central Florida. She is the winner of a 2019 Intro Journals Award from the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP), and is the first winner of the Hurston/Wright Foundation’s Crossover Award in literary nonfiction. Currently, you can find her writing in The Tampa Review and Split Lip Magazine. Her award-winning essay “Rolling: A Ladies’ Guide to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu” will be published in chapbook form by Burrow Press in summer of 2022.

Matt W. Miller, 2022 St. Joe Community Foundation Fellow in Poetry

Matt W. Miller’s most recent collection, Tender the River, was published in 2021 by Texas Review Press. He is the author of the collections The Wounded for the Water (Salomon Poetry), Club Icarus, selected by Major Jackson as thewinner of the 2012 Vassar Miller Poetry Prize and Cameo Diner: Poems. He has published poems and essays in Greensboro Review, Harvard Review, 32 Poems, Narrative Magazine, Notre Dame Review, Adroit Journal, Southwest Review, and crazyhorse,among other journals. Winner of the River Styx Microbrew/Microfiction Prize and Iron Horse Review’s Trifecta Poetry Prize, he is a former Wallace Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford University and a Walter E. Dakin Fellow in Poetry at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. He teaches English at Phillips Exeter Academy and lives with his family in coastal New Hampshire.

Marie Myung-Ok Lee, 2022 Longleaf Fellow in Fiction

Marie Myung-Ok Lee’s novel, The Evening Hero, is forthcoming with Simon & Schuster in May 2022. She is also the author of the first contemporary-set Asian American young adult novel, Finding My Voice, which has just been re-released by Soho Press. Her forthcoming YA, Hurt You, a contemporary retelling of Of Mice and Men, will be published in 2023. Her stories and essays have been published in The Atlantic, The New York Times, Slate, Salon, Guernica, The Paris Review, The Guardian, Joyland, The Kenyon Review, The Nation, and the New York Times Book Review, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and forthcoming in The Yale Review and Smithsonian Magazine. Lee is a cofounder and former board president of the Asian American Writers’ Workshop and teaches fiction at Columbia where she is Writer in Residence.

Emily Lake Hansen, 2022 Longleaf Fellow in Poetry

Emily Lake Hansen (she/her) is the author of Home and Other Duty Stations (Kelsay Books) and the chapbook The Way the Body Had to Travel (dancing girl press). Her poetry has appeared in 32 Poems, Hobart, Up the Staircase Quarterly, Atticus Review, The Shore, and Glass: A Journal of Poetry among others. Her second collection connected to nowhere was a semifinalist in Sundress Publications’ 2021 open reading period. Emily lives with her family in Atlanta where she is a PhD student at Georgia State University and an instructor of English at Agnes Scott College.

Jeffrey Voccola, 2022 Sundog Books Fellow in Fiction

Jeffrey Voccola is the winner of the 2018 Blue Mountain Novel Award for his book, Kings Row (Hidden River, 2020). His stories have appeared in The Woven Tale Press2 Bridges Review, The Fox Chase Review, The Cabinet, Noctua Review, Cottonwood, Beacon Street Review, Folio, and others. His essays have been published in Inside Sources, The Las Vegas Sun, and The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Jeffrey holds a MFA in Fiction from Emerson College and teaches creative and professional writing at Kutztown University. He lives in Pennsylvania and New York.

2022 Longleaf SCHOLARS (2023 scholars will be announced in February)

Sarah K. Matsui, 2022 St. Joe Community Foundation URG Scholarship

 Sarah Matsui has been featured in NPR Code Switch, Jacobin Magazine, and Rethinking Schools Magazine’s “Our Picks for Books for Social Justice Teaching: Policy.” Her latest essay was selected as the winner of the 2021 Sewanee Review Nonfiction Contest. She is the recipient of awards and fellowships from Tin House, Lighthouse, the San Francisco Arts Commission, Gotham Writers, and Kearny Street Workshop. She is currently working on her first novel.

Hua Xi, 2022 St. Joe Community Foundation URG Scholarship

 Hua Xi is a writer and artist. They are mostly interested in dreams, memories, the subconsciousness, and other examinations of the self. Their poems have appeared in The New Republic, The Nation and American Poetry Review. They previously won the Boston Review Poetry Contest. More importantly, they love the snow. They love to lie on their bed. They love to look out the window and do nothing. They are currently writing a little series of dream poems that may or may not become a chapbook. They are currently reading “The Years, Months, Days” by Yan Lianke. They are currently eating a slice of yogurt cake. Reach them on twitter @huaxixyz and on instagram @huaxixyz 

Amber Adams, 2022 Baker Veteran Scholarship

Amber Adams is a poet and counselor living in Boulder, Colorado. She received her MA in Literary Studies from the University of Denver, and her MA in Counseling from Regis University. Her work has appeared in NarrativeWitness MagazineThe Montreal Prize AnthologyBirmingham Poetry ReviewWar Literature and the Arts Journal, and elsewhere. Her debut collection, Becoming Ribbons (forthcoming from Unicorn Press in the fall of 2022), was a finalist in the X.J. Kennedy Prize, Autumn House Press Full-Length Contest, Wheelbarrow Books Poetry Prize, Airlie Prize, and a semifinalist in the Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize. She served in the United States Army Reserves and completed one tour of duty under Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Partner Financial Aid Scholarships:

Selected by the faculty of the UAB Creative Writing Program

2022 Jacob Frazier UAB Scholar in Prose

Jacob Frazier is studying English Literature and Philosophy. He is originally from Gadsden, Alabama, and currently lives in Birmingham but intends to move out of state for graduate school. He is a second-year student in the University Honors Program and attended the Ada Long Writing Workshop in the past. Jacob loves to cook, go running, and play Dungeons and Dragons with his friends in his free time.

2022 Shannon Bradt, UAB Scholar in Poetry

Shannon Bradt was born and raised in Birmingham, AL. She went to high school at the Alabama School of Fine Arts, where she specialized in creative writing. She is now a senior at UAB majoring in English and Philosophy.

Selected by the Faculty of the University of Mississippi Creative Writing Program

BAE DI, 2023 University of Mississippi Scholar in Prose

Born and raised in Beijing, Bae is the author of the Chinese novel《白马伶娜》CHASSÉ (Shanghai, 2019), as well as the writer and the star of the English film《金玉》THE CHINESE TOURIST (Idaho, 2022). Her short fiction is a Pushcart Prize nominee. 

MARINA LEIGH, 2023 University of Mississippi Scholar in Poetry

Marina Leigh is a queer, biracial writer and photographer born and raised in Reno, Nevada, and she is currently earning her MFA in poetry as the Grisham Fellow at the University of Mississippi, where she also serves as the senior poetry editor of Yalobusha Review. Her work has been published in several journals, and she is the author of a poetry chapbook titled Wild Daughter.

Staff and Board:

Kristy Gustafson (Digital Media Manager & 30A Attaché) & Longleaf Board Treasurer, is an aspiring author living in Grayton Beach, Florida where she writes and independently manages digital and social media marketing for a handful of businesses – both local and national. She received a Journalism degree at the University of Colorado, Boulder, where a semester abroad initiated her passion for travel writing inspired by her adventures around the world. Kristy is a contributing writer to various publications including 30A.com, Beach Happy Magazine and more though her passion project is her debut novel-in-progress. She found her way to Longleaf in 2019 in hopes of connecting with like-minded creatives and learning from some of the best in the business. In 2020, she came onboard as Longleaf’s Digital Media Manager & 30A Attaché, helping to tell Longleaf’s story and connect the conference with community sponsors and local South Walton businesses, and in 2021 she joined the board.  

Jonathan D’Avignon, Educational Director & Board member

Susan Vallee, Longleaf Board Vice President

Carrie Chavers, Longleaf Board President

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