Holly DeBevoise received her B.A. in English with emphasis in Creative Writing from Florida State University. She has since migrated from the South to Seattle. By day, she writes poems; by night, she bakes scones for the masses. She is confident that the stillness she has found in Seattle and the opportunity provided by Hugo House will coax her poetry out of hiding.
DeBevoise will complete an illuminated set of three poetry chapbooks. Through feminine-centric autobiography, botanical prompts, and the unlocking of the love poem, these chapbooks coalesce to encapsulate a phase of life formative to her identity as poet.
Max Delsohn holds a BA in Creative Writing from Seattle University, from which he graduated with Departmental Honors. He has been published in Cutbank: All Accounts and Mixtures, Storm Cellar Quarterly Review, #Trans: An Anthology, Foliate Oak Literary Magazine, and Seattle University’s Fragments. Max has read his work at Elliot Bay Book Company, Chop Suey, Ada’s Technical Books, and various other locations around Seattle. He also moonlights as a stand-up comedian, and has performed at local shows such as Odd Babes Presents, Couth Buzzard Comedy Show, and Fist & Shout.
Delsohn will finish the first draft of Maxhood, a book of humor essays that draws from his lived experience as a queer transgender person. He will ground this work both in the tradition of humor writing and in queer radical thought. He hopes this book will fuck up the cissexist consciousness and make you laugh at once.
Nia Dickens is a writer from Tallahassee, Florida and based out of University Place, Washington. After receiving her BA in Creative Writing from Florida State University in 2015, Dickens left the United States for two years to teach English—first as a Fulbright grantee in Brussels, Belgium, and then later under the Teaching Assistant Program in France in Cannes. This past summer, she served as a contributor for Technical.ly D.C. and Technical.ly Philly, as well as an editorial assistant for Dr. Henrik Eger of Drama Around the Globe and Phindie.com. As a fiction writer, Dickens focuses on coming-of-age stories about black youth, with a particular interest in how racism, sexism, and sexuality reshape this conventional genre. At the end of June, she will join the VONA Voices community for the first time as a student under M. Evelina Galang.
Dickens will work on a collection of short stories centered on the grandchildren of a North Carolinian tobacco farmer. In the wake of 9/11, the eldest grandson is exiled from the family for his sexuality and decision to join the army, leaving his sisters and cousins to grow up without him, while struggling to manage varying perceptions of racism, needs for independence, and personal manifestations of grief.
Kym Littlefield holds a BA in Creative Writing and Psychology from Denison University and his honors include the Annie MacNeil Poetry Prize and a Poetry Slam Champion. He has worked as an English as a Second Language instructor in Shenzhen, China as well as for the Rwanda Film Festival in Kigali, Rwanda. He is currently a bookseller at Open Books: A Poem Emporium.
Littlefield’s project, tentatively titled People Mountain, People Sea, discusses the role of others and place in identity and chronicles the two years he spent in Shenzhen—a city packed with 15 million people—and traveling through Asia during Spring Festival’s record-breaking human migration, as well as his move to Seattle, one of the fastest growing cities in America. The title comes from a Chinese expression meaning crowded.
Erin Lynch is a poet, artist, and educator from small-town Oregon, currently living in Seattle. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Gulf Coast, The Journal, Mid-American Review, New England Review, and elsewhere. As an artist, she focuses on collaborative work, working with filmmakers and illustrators to tie together texts and visuals. She holds an MA in Creative Writing from the University of North Texas and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Washington.
Lynch’s book of poems-in-progress seeks to uncover the complex responsibilities she bears to other people, to the past, and to the land. Where does the contemporary female self intersect with different landscapes and historical figures? In the pursuit of this question, the manuscript’s central figure confronts her body as both painful and beautiful, as environment, enemy, and home. Through a range of speakers and subjects, she explores the intricacies of identity, family, and intimacy.
D.A. Navoti is an indigenous prose writer and educator. His work has been featured in Indian Country Today, The Explicator, Jack Straw Anthology, Spartan, and elsewhere. He is a member of the Gila River Indian Community, a descendent of Hopi, Pima, Zuni, and Yavapai- Apache tribes, and holds graduate degrees in Liberal Studies and Literacy & Rhetoric from Arizona State and Northern Arizona universities.
Navoti is completing a first-draft narrative about pilgrimages to his desert motherland, exploring his ancestral roots and its conflict with his identities—as a gay atheist writer content with living away from the homeland.