Beginning in August, writers are now fortunate to take workshops with three inspiring Writing Fellows.
Elinam Agbo was born in Ghana and grew up in Kansas. A graduate of the Clarion Workshop, she holds a BA from the University of Chicago and an MFA from the University of Michigan’s Helen Zell Writers’ Program. She is also a winner of the 2018 PEN/Dau Short Story Prize, a 2019 Aspen Words Fellow, and a recipient of the honorable mention prize for fiction in the 2019 Hurston/Wright Award for College Writers. She lives in Ann Arbor, where she is an Assistant Editor at Michigan Quarterly Review and co-founder of MQR Mixtape.
Zahir Janmohamed lives in Ann Arbor. He is a Zell Writing Fellow at the University of Michigan, where he completed an MFA in fiction and received awards in fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and playwriting. He is also the co-founder of the James Beard nominated podcast Racist Sandwich. His articles have been published in The New York Times, The Guardian, The Washington Post, The Nation, Guernica, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, and many other publications. He has received fellowships and scholarships from MacDowell, Bread Loaf, Kundiman, and VONA. Prior to beginning his writing career, he worked in the US Congress and at Amnesty International.
Thea Chacamaty is a fiction writer living in Portland, Oregon. She received her MFA in prose from the University of Michigan's Helen Zell Writers' Program, where in 2019-2020 she was a postgraduate Zell Fellow. She has been a recipient of the Henfield Prize from the Joseph McCrindle Foundation, a Hopwood Award, the Kasdan Prize, and her writing has appeared in the Missouri Review.