Past Recipients

2016-2017: Julia Bohm
Julia Bohm is a senior from Ann Arbor, Michigan. Reviewers of Bohm’s portfolio praised her work as thoughtful, reflective, mature, humble, talented and nuanced. At Interlochen, she has excelled, including being chosen as a student performer for a private dinner event introducing Interlochen’s new President, Trey Devey in fall 2017. Her work can be found in Public Pool Magazine, Drunk in a Midnight Choir, and the Interlochen Review. She was also a 2017 finalist for the Green House Poetry Prize and for the Winter Tangerine magazine awards.

2014-2015: Elizabeth Lemieux
Elizabeth Lemieux graduated from Interlochen in 2017. She is pursuing creative writing at the University of Pennsylvania. At Interlochen, she was a recipient of West Central Michigan’s 2016 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. She was also featured in an UpNorthLive news video in February 2016 about the Interlochen Creative Writing program and was a 2016 Maine Literary Award Finalist. She was on the Editors’ List for the 2016 Adroit Prize for Prose and participated in the online 2016 Adroit Journal Summer Mentorship Program. She was also published online in Rookie Magazine.

2012-2013: Molly McDaniel
Molly McDaniel is a senior at Agnes Scott College, a private women’s liberal arts college in Decatur, Georgia, where she is a tutor for the Center for Writing and Speaking. In summer 2016, she was an Archives Assistant at Interlochen’s Bonisteel Library. In 2016, she also won first prize for poetry at her college’s Writers’ Festival.

2010-2011: Brittany Newell
Brittany Newell, who often writes and performs under the nom de plume Ratty St. John, is a 2017 Stanford graduate. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and is the winner of the Norman Mailer Award for Fiction. She released her first book, Oola, in 2017 to positive reviews, including:

      • "Newell nails the lure, intoxication, and fallout of obsessive love (and its subsequent madness) that somehow seems a mandatory requirement of growing up." -Elle
      • "Stunning. . . compelling. . . .Not since Lolita's Humbert Humbert has a narrator been as unreliable as Leif, and as with reading Nabokov's masterpiece, the experience of reading Oola is one which will leave the reader pondering questions about love, desire, and possession long after the last page has been turned." -NYLON, "The 10 Best Books to Read in April"
      • "Electrifying" -Harper's Bazaar, "14 New Books You Need to Read in April"

She is working on her second book, a science fiction novel, and writes a monthly Dazed Digital column

2008-2009: Ava Ambrose Tomasula y Garcia
In 2017, Ava received her BA with honors from Yale University in American Studies and Human Rights Studies, and Excellence as a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Research Fellow. Her thesis, “Do You Know Us Fully? Humanness, Rights, and Redistributive Justice,” was awarded the Carlos Moreno Prize for best senior thesis and the Norman Holmes Pearson Prize for best senior thesis. Her essay, “Slow Burn: Water, Oil and Volcanoes in Indiana’s Rust Belt” will be published as a chapter in the environmental anthology BELT. She also won a 2016 fiction award from the University of Alabama’s Black Warrior Review.

After graduation, Ava had plans to join the staff of Interamerican Association for Environmental Defense in Mexico City, Mexico.

2006-2007: Sara (Steinhouse) Kass Eifler
Sara graduated from Brandeis University in 2012 with a B.A. in Creative Writing and currently serves as Conference Planning Manager for The Resort and Conference Center at Hyannis. Before that, she was a Business Manager at the Cape Cod Writers Center and Office Administrator at Northside Design Associates.


2004-2005: Jason Phoebe Rusch
Jason Phoebe Rusch has a BA in history from Princeton University and an MFA in fiction from the University of Michigan, where he was a Zell Postgraduate Fellow in Fiction. His work as an essayist and poet has appeared or is forthcoming in Lambda Literary's poetry spotlight, Broadly, Cheap Pop, Bust, World Policy Journal, Entropy and Luna Luna.

2002-2003: Sarah Resnick
Sarah Resnick lives in Boston, Massachusetts and is an artist and small business owner—creating tallits and chuppahs for her business Advah Designs. She has also started GIST: Yarn and Fiber—a weaving yarn shop.

Previously, she was the Finance Director and Operations Manager for JOIN (the Jewish Organizing Institute & Network). She studied Peacebuilding and Environmental Leadership with students from Israel, Palestine, and Jordan at the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies and then received a BS in Forest Conservation and Geography from the University of Toronto.

2000-2001: Rocio Anica
Rocio Anica is a native of Southern California. Her thesis is an intertextual road-trip novel about a misfit Chicanx and the Spanish Missions of the West Coast. She has been published in Driftwood Press, Acentos Review, and Woven Tale Press, with fiction forthcoming in Review: Literature and Arts of the Americas and Chiricú Journal. Her alter ego’s satirical column, The Bias Cut, can be found at Ohio Edit. Awards include JuxtaProse Magazine’s 2016 Short Fiction Contest.