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Neighborhood Fellows
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Vero González is a queer femme-inist writer and translator from San Juan, Puerto Rico. She has a MFA in Poetry from the Iowa Writer's Workshop, where she was a Dean's Graduate Fellow and a BFA from Pratt Institute, where she won the Thesis Prize in Fiction. She has received support from A Room of Her Own Foundation (Touching Lives Fellow, 2015) as well as Hedgebrook and the Rona Jaffe Foundation (Hedgebrook/Rona Jaffe Inaugural Fellow, 2018). She lives in Boston, where she is working on a hybrid book about intergenerational trauma, colonialism, and healing. Vero is GrubStreet's Neighborhood Programs Fellow for Egleston Square.
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Quentin Lucas is a Germany-born, Boston-raised bookworm. After meandering through college on his way to a degree in Business Management, he then adventured his way through the US Army and discovered a need to follow his passion for writing. As a freelancer, copywriter, and essayist, Quentin has worked on projects with MIT and Vistaprint, and has written for publications like the Huffington Post, The Good Men Project, Blerds Online, and Fourth River Literary Magazine. While awaiting the fall of 2019, when he will begin his MFA in Creative Writing at Emerson College, Quentin is crafting the second novel of his fantasy trilogy and is considering a memoir about his military days.
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I’ve provided consultation services on everything from poetry chapbooks to book-length academic projects to historical novels published by New York Times-bestselling authors. I'm particularly interested in helping clients who wish, with their writing, to shed light in these dark times. To that end, I'm drawn to stories from and about under-represented groups. I love working with clients operating within different genres, as I believe stories can be compelling whether they take place down the street today, 50 years ago, or on another planet. Come talk to me about your literary novel, your slipstream flash fiction, your comedic memoir, or your historical novella! I also offer cultural consulting & sensitivity reading; as a queer black woman who immigrated from Jamaica when I was young, I grew up noticing certain things about American culture(s) that my education and reading have helped me to name, enabling me to guide other writers who want to respect our complex human community.
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Maria Pinto is an award-winning writer whose work has appeared in Frigg, Necessary Fiction, The Toast, Word Riot and elsewhere. She studied Creative Writing and Women’s and Gender Studies at Brandeis University, where she was awarded the Dafna Gesundheit Prize for Fiction. She was an Ivan Gold Fellow at the Writers’ Room of Boston shortly after graduation, and in the summer of 2017 was selected to spend a month with four other writers in the Berkshires as a resident at The Mastheads, working in a studio on Herman Melville’s estate. When she’s not reading, writing her second novel, teaching creative writing, or freelance editing, she can be found in the woods exercising her left brain functions by studying fungi as an amateur mycologist. 
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Emerging Writer Fellows
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Tochukwu Okafor is a Nigerian writer whose work has appeared in the 2019 Best Small Fictions, the 2018 Best of the Net, The Guardian, Harvard’s Transition Magazine, Columbia Journal, and elsewhere. He is a 2022 Good Hart Artist-in-Residence, a 2021 PEN America Emerging Voices Fellow, a 2021 Wellstone Center in the Redwoods (WCR) Writing Fellow, a 2021 GrubStreet Emerging Writer Fellow, a 2021 Jack Straw Writing Fellow, a 2021 Gish Jen Fiction Fellow, a 2021 Frank Conley Memorial Scholar, a 2021 Albertina Tholakele Dube Scholar for Young Writers, a 2021 Longleaf Writers Conference BIPOC Scholar, and an alumnus of the 2021 Tin House Workshop. He is also a 2018 Rhodes Scholar finalist, a 2018 Kathy Fish Fellow, and winner of the 2017 Short Story Day Africa Prize for Short Fiction. He has been shortlisted for the 2017 Awele Creative Trust Award, the 2016 Problem House Press Short Story Prize, the 2016 Southern Pacific Review Short Story Prize, and has been twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize. He was a member of the 2016 Short Story Day Africa Writing Workshop and the 2015 Association of Nigerian Authors Creative Writing Workshop. He holds a master’s degree from Carnegie Mellon University and has received scholarships and fellowship grants from the Worcester Arts Council, Kundiman, Kenyon Review Writers Workshop, Etisalat (now 9mobile), the MTN Foundation, GrubStreet, Fishtrap, Mendocino Coast Writers’ Conference, the Boston Writers of Color Group, and Exxon Mobil. He lives in Worcester, MA, and is at work on a novel and a story collection. He is on Twitter @toch_okafor and Instagram @tochukwu_okafor.
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Teaching Fellows
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Simone Dalton is a writer, social change communicator, arts educator, and recipient of the 2020 RBC Taylor Emerging Writer Prize for nonfiction. She holds an MFA from the University of Guelph. Her work is anthologized in Black Writers Matter, winner of the 2020 Saskatchewan Award for Book Publishing and The Unpublished City: Volume I, finalist for the 2018 Toronto Book Awards. In 2019, her play VOWS was produced for RARE Theatre’s Welcome to My Underworld. Born and raised in Trinidad and Tobago, Simone established a foundation to support education for young steelpan artists and creatives. As a memoirist, she explores themes of grief, inherited histories, race, class, and identity. She is currently working on her first book, which contemplates the question: what remains when one loses one’s mother?
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Born and raised in the Bronx, Crystal Valentine is a Callaloo Fellow, a former New York City Youth Poet Laureate, a two-time winner of the College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational. She earned a BA from New York University where she also went on to receive an MFA in poetry. Crystal's work has appeared in the Academy of American Poets, BreakBeat Poets Vol. 2: Black Girl Magic Anthology (Haymarket Books), Winter Tangerine and elsewhere. She is a remote coordinator for the Bronx Arts Council and the Wednesday night host at the Nuyorican Poets Café.
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