Off the Page is an archive of great fiction, poetry, and nonfiction read aloud by Stegner Fellows and Stanford students.
Sierra Freeman, “We’re All Okay”
Sierra Freeman ’15 is originally from Manteca, California. Her work has appeared in Border Crossings, The Stanford Arts Review, and The Leland Quarterly. She is currently a coterminal student in English at Stanford.
Molly Antopol, “The Quietest Man”
Molly Antopol‘s debut story collection, The UnAmericans, won the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Fiction Award and a “5 Under 35” Award from the National Book Foundation. It was longlisted for the National Book Award and was a finalist for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize, the Barnes & Noble Discover Award, the National Jewish Book Award, and others. She’s a Jones Lecturer in Stanford’s Creative Writing Program.
Lila Savage, “After You”
Lila Savage is a Sami-American who grew up in Minneapolis. She discontinued graduate work in American studies to pursue labor journalism but ended up caring for people with Alzheimer’s for almost a decade. Her work explores themes of queer femininity, marginalization, frailty and survival. While at Stanford she hopes to finish her novel.
Eugenia Puglisi, “Cigarettes”
Eugenia Puglisi ’16 is majoring in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing, pursuing a pre-medical pathway as well. She grew up straddling the worlds of Palo Alto, California, and Parma, Italy. She mainly writes prose poetry and nonfiction, and is a contributor to Stanford’s West Magazine and the Stanford Arts Review.
Dana Kletter, “Myth of Origin”
Dana Kletter is a writer and musician, a recent Wallace Stegner Fellow and Jones Lecturer in Fiction. She received her MFA from the University of Michigan, where she won Hopwood prizes for Short Fiction and Novel. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Five Chapters, The Sun, Michigan Quarterly Review, San Francisco Chronicle, Boston Phoenix, and Independent, and on Mammoth, Hannibal, Interscope, and Rykodisc Records. She currently teaches in the Creative Writing Program, and is at work on a novel and a memoir.
Lydia Fitzpatrick, “Flood Lines”
This fiction piece is the collective story of a group of teenage girls in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
Lydia Fitzpatrick has appeared in Glimmer Train, Mid-American Review, and Opium. She received her MFA in 2010 from the University of Michigan, where she was the recipient of a Hopwood Award and a Colby Fellowship. Since graduating, she’s been awarded a Carl Djerassi Fiction Fellowship from the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing and an Elizabeth George Foundation grant. She is currently a Wallace Stegner Fellow in fiction at Stanford University. She’s working on her first novel and lives in San Francisco with her husband and daughter.
Mira Rosenthal, Two Poems
In this recording, Mira Rosenthal reads two poems, “Curtain” and “Adaptation”, both of which touch on the strange commands of family.
Mira Rosenthal (Stegner Fellow, 2011-2013) is the author of the prize winning collection The Local World. She has received numerous awards, including fellowships from the NEA, PEN, and the MacDowell Colony. Her translation of Polish poet Tomasz Różycki’s Colonies won the 2014 Northern California Book Award and was shortlisted for the prestigious Griffin Poetry Prize. It is also nominated for the PEN Award and the Oxford-Weidenfeld Translation Prize. Her poems, translations, and essays have been published in many journals, including Ploughshares, Harvard Review, Slate, PN Review, A Public Space, and AGNI Online. She will be the 2015 Distinguished Visiting Writer at Cornell College.
Jacques Rancourt, Two Poems
In this recording, Jacques Rancourt reads two poems, “Hello, My Name is Also Jacques Rancourt,” and “No Miracle, No Act of God”, which evoke the lessons of ancestry and the edges of wildness.
Jacques Rancourt (Stegner Fellow, 2012-2014) received his MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he also spent a year as the 2011-’12 Halls Emerging Artist Fellow. A founding editor of the literary journal Devil’s Lake, his poems have appeared in New England Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, and Colorado Review.
Austin Smith, “Friday Night Fish Fry”
This fiction piece is an elegy for a small family farm in the Midwest.
Austin Smith (Stegner Fellow, 2012-2014) grew up on a family dairy farm in northwestern Illinois. He holds an MA in poetry from the University of California-Davis and an MFA in poetry from the University of Virginia.
Helen Hooper, “Aerostar”
This fiction story begins with a wry 15-year old named Nando listening halfheartedly from the back of the family van as his parents tell them about their plans to divorce.
Helen Hooper (Stegner Fellow, 2011-2013) spent twenty-five years as an environmental lobbyist in DC before heading to California in 2011 as a Stegner fellow. Her fiction has appeared in The Common, The Hopkins Review, Bellevue Literary Review, New South and elsewhere and has been awarded support from the Ucross Foundation, the Ragdale Foundation, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and Stanford University. She has been a Peter Taylor fellow at the Kenyon Review Writers Workshop. Her work has been a finalist for prizes from Glimmer Train, New Millenium, and Fish Publishing. She holds an MFA from Warren Wilson and is currently working on a novel set in northern Alabama.
Eric Puchner, “Animals Here Below”
This fiction story is about a father’s strange relationship with the family dog.
Eric Puchner (Stegner Fellow 2002-2004) is the author of the novel Model Home (Scribner, 2010), which was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award. His debut short story collection, Music Through the Floor (Scribner, 2005), was a finalist for the NY Public Library’s Young Lions Award.
His fiction and creative nonfiction have appeared in GQ, Tin House, Zoetrope: All Story, Chicago Tribune, The Sun, Glimmer Train, Best New American Voices, and many other journals and anthologies. He has work in Best American Short Stories 2012 (edited by Tom Perrotta) and Best American Nonrequired Reading 2012 (edited by Dave Eggers).
A recipient of a Pushcart Prize, a Wallace Stegner Fellowship from Stanford University, and a National Endowment for the Arts grant, he is an assistant professor of literature at Claremont McKenna College. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, novelist Katharine Noel, and their two children.
Elizabeth Bradfield, Three Poems
She reads the poems “Endurance,” “Butch Poem 6: A Countertenor sings Handel’s Messiah,” “Butch in a Red Dress.”
Elizabeth Bradfield (Stegner Fellow, 2007-2009) is the author of Interpretive Work (Arktoi Books/Red Hen Press, 2008), which won the Audre Lorde Award and was a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award, and Approaching Ice (Persea Books, 2010), a finalist for the James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets. Bradfield’s poetry has been published in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, Poetry, Prairie Schooner, Field, The Believer, Orion, and the anthologies This Assignment is So Gay: LGBTIQ Poets on Teaching, Open the Door: How to Excite Young People About Poetry, and others. She received her MFA from the University of Alaska, Anchorage, and has been awarded fellowships and scholarships from Stanford University’s Wallace Stegner Fellowship program, the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference, the Vermont Studio Center, and elsewhere. In 2005, Bradfield founded Broadsided Press, which she still runs.
She lives now on Cape Cod and works as a web designer and naturalist locally and on expedition ships around the world. She also is a faculty member of the University of Alaska, Anchorage low-residency MFA program.
Andrew Altschul, “The Future’s Not Ours to See”
In this fiction story, a phone rings over and over again, prompting its owner to go on a hunt for the person making the call.
Andrew Foster Altschul (Stegner Fellow, 2002-2004, Jones Lecturer) is the author of the novels Lady Lazarus (2008) and Deus Ex Machina (2011). His work has appeared in Esquire, McSweeney’s, Ploughshares, and other publications, and in anthologies including Best American Nonrequired Reading, Best New American Voices, and O. Henry Prize Stories. A former Wallace Stegner Fellow and Jones Lecturer at Stanford University, Altschul has also received fellowships from the Bread Loaf and Sewanee Writers Conferences and the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center. He is a Contributing Editor at Zyzzyva and the director of the Center for Literary Arts at San Jose State University.
Kai Carlson-Wee, Three Poems
In this recording, he reads the poems “Thresher,” “After Havre,” and “Sunshine Liquidators”
Kai Carlson-Wee (Jones Lecturer 2013-2014) grew up on the Minnesota prairie. He received his MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his work has appeared in Linebreak, Best New Poets, and The Missouri Review. A former Wallace Stegner Fellow, he lives in San Francisco, California.
Greg Wrenn, “Centaur”
The protagonist of this poem, Marcus, has a problem to which he thinks he has found the solution: hooves.
Greg Wrenn’s first book of poems, Centaur, was awarded the 2013 Brittingham Prize and was published by the University of Wisconsin Press in Spring 2013. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in New England Review, The American Poetry Review, The Southern Review, The Yale Review, and elsewhere. A former Wallace Stegner Fellow and a recipient of the Lyric Poetry Award from the Poetry Society of America, he was born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida, and received a BA from Harvard University and an MFA from Washington University in St. Louis.
Tom Kealey, “Nobody”
In this fiction story, two siblings walk home from work through a graveyard and a silent neighborhood, making up stories to keep themselves warm.
Tom Kealey (Jones Lecturer) is the author of The Creative Writing MFA Handbook. His stories have appeared in Best American NonRequired, Glimmer Train, Story Quarterly, Prairie Schooner, the San Francisco Chronicle and elsewhere. His nonfiction has appeared in Poets and Writers and The Writer. He received his MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Massachusetts Amherst where he received the Distinguished Teaching Award. His book, Thieves I’ve Known, is a collection of powerful, moving stories about the lives of a redemptive and peculiar cast of young characters who become easy to know and difficult to forget. It is the winner of the 2012 Flannery O’Connor Award.
Suzanne Rivecca, “It Sounds Like You’re Feeling”
In this fiction story, a woman discovers that the standardized language of mental health counseling just does not suffice.
Suzanne Rivecca (Stegner Fellow, 2005-2007) was a Stegner Fellow at Stanford from 2005-2007, and is the author of Death is Not an Option, a story collection published in 2010 by Norton. The recipient of the 2011–12 Rome Prize in Literature, she lives in San Francisco.
Matt Grossman, “The Leonard Lopate Show”
In this fiction story, the soon-to-be heir to a morning talk radio show is baffled by the sudden and strange behavior of a radio personality named Leonard Lopate.
Matt Grossman (undergraduate, class of 2013) grew up in New York City and lives now in Palo Alto, where his title, like Raskolnikov’s, is “former student.” Two of his plays have been produced at the Blank Theatre in Los Angeles; this is his first story.
Sarah Case, “The Observer”
In this fiction story, an astronomy-obsessed librarian encounters a student who he can’t get out of his mind. Sarah’s inspiration for this story came from reading Adolfo Bioy Casares’s The Invention of Morel, and from spending many hours in Stanford’s various libraries.
Sarah Case (Undergraduate, Class of 2016) studies Human Biology with a focus on child language development. She is from New York City and has spent time in France as an exchange student.
Niuniu Teo, “Seven Ways to Meet”
This poem explores a romantic relationship through the lens of ethnicity.
Niuniu Teo (Undergraduate, Class of 2016) is majoring in History with a focus on Chinese and American history, and minoring in Creative Writing and Economics. She is from the Bay Area.
Armine Pilikian, “Noa”
“Noa” is a bittersweet portrait of an Armenian grandmother forced to make difficult decisions to care for her family.
Armine Pilikian graduated from Stanford in 2013 with a major in English, Creative Writing. She has been published in Leland Quarterly, Used Furniture Review, and Word Riot. Follow her work at twitter.com/arminep.
Gina Wei, “Homeowners”
In this fiction piece, a girl is about to meet her boyfriend’s parents at their home for the first time, and struggles with whether to tell them about her depression.
Gina Wei (Undergraduate, Class of 2016) lived in Cincinnati, Ohio all her life before coming to Stanford, where she studies Economics. She will be a resident counselor living at The Bridge Peer Counseling Center during the 2014-2015 school year.