Past Recipients

2016-2017: Julia Bohm
Julia Bohm, a native of Ann Arbor, Michigan, graduated from Interlochen Arts Academy in 2018. Her work can be found in Winter Tangerine and is forthcoming in Anomaly. She was a finalist for the 2018 Adroit Prizes in Prose and was the winner of the 2017-18 Bennington Young Writers Award in Poetry. She is currently a student at Bard College and is living in Berlin.

2014-2015: Elizabeth Lemieux
Elizabeth Lemieux graduated from Interlochen in 2017 and is currently studying 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 Armato McDaniel
Molly Armato McDaniel graduated from Agnes Scott College, a private women’s liberal arts college in Decatur, Georgia, in 2018. At Agnes Scott College, she was a tutor for the Center for Writing and Speaking and won the 2016 prize for poetry at the Agnes Scott College Writers’ Festival. She was also the winner of's 2018 Janef Preston Poetry Prize.

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

2008-2009: Ava Ambrose Tomasula y Garcia
Ava Ambrose Tomasula y Garcia is committed to working for intersectional economic justice—as well as for broader radical change—and believes that the written and spoken word is an imperative tool in the fight. Her writing has appeared in anthologies published by Catapult Books and BELT Publishing, as well as in Black Warrior Review, Kudzu House Quarterly, In These Times Magazine and Truthout. She was recently awarded PEN American's 2018 PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers. Ava graduated from Yale University in May 2017, where she studied the "human" in human rights rhetoric as a category formed by contemporary racial capitalism, as well as informal labor organizing. She is currently a labor and immigration organizer at Centro de Trabjadores Unidos, and continues to write and make animations by night.

Sara (Steinhouse) Eifler
Sara Eifler (nee Steinhouse) graduated from Brandeis University with a B.A. in Creative Writing. She is the program manager for Jewish Veg, an organization that helps Jews adopt plant-based diets as an expression of Judaism's highest values. She lives in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, with her wife and two cats. She volunteers with a local writing group and is a former manager of a literary arts nonprofit.

2004-2005: Jason Phoebe Rusch
Jason Phoebe Rusch has a B.A. in history from Princeton University and an M.F.A. in fiction from the University of Michigan, where he was a Zell Postgraduate Fellow in Fiction. His screenplay Banana Rat was a finalist in the 2010 Zoetrope Contest, and his play 3/4 of a Mass for St. Vivian was nominated for a Helen Hayes award. His work has previously appeared in The Rumpus, Entropy, and Lambda Literary's poetry spotlight, among other places. His first collection of poems, "Dualities," debuted in March 2018.

2002-2003: Sarah Resnick
Sarah Resnick Sarah Resnick is a textile artist and entrepreneur, and the founder of Advah Designs and GIST: Yarn & Fiber. The thread that winds through all of her work is a passion for building systems that directly support farmers, textile mills, sew shops and artists to bring value and beauty into the world. The spark for much of this work, and the confidence to go after her dreams, is in large part due to her time at Interlochen Arts Academy, and Sarah is deeply grateful for the Virginia Ball scholarship for making that possible.

2000-2001: Rocio Anica
Rocio Anica obtained her M.F.A. in Fiction from Cornell University. She has been published in Driftwood Press, Acentos Review, and Woven Tale Press, Review: Literature and Arts of the Americas, and Chiricú Journal, among others. She has written and collaborated on several theatrical works, including a one-act that debuted at Casa 0101 in Boyle Heights. Her awards include Juxtaprose’s 2016 Short Fiction Contest and Wigleaf’s Top 50 (Very) Short Fictions 2017. Anica recently left a role as a lecturer at Cornell University to devote herself full-time to writing and traveling with her husband and three dogs. Find her at