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
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 currently works at an environmental and human rights organization in Mexico City, and continues to write (and make animations!) by night. She is from Indiana, and misses Michigan winters!

Sara (Steinhouse) Eifler
Sara Eifler (nee Steinhouse) graduated from Brandeis University with a B.A. in Creative Writing. She is a meeting and events planner on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, where she lives 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 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 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 is currently a lecturer at Cornell University, where she obtained an MFA degree in Fiction. 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. 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. Find her at