May 03, 2017
Washington College’s Rose O’Neill Literary House has named the winner of the 2018 Mary Wood Fellowship, novelist and short story-writer Amber Dermont.
In April 2018, we will host fiction-writer Amber Dermont for a 3-day residency as our 2018 Mary Wood Fellow. The Mary Wood Fellowship is a nationwide competition and Amber was selected from a pool of more than 30 outstanding applicants. As part of her duties while in-residence, Amber will hold one-on-one meetings with a select group of female student fiction-writers. She will also participate in two public events, giving a craft talk and a reading from her work.Amber Dermont is the author of the novel, The Starboard Sea (St. Martin’s Press, 2012), and the short story collection, Damage Control (St. Martin’s, 2013). A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Dermont received her PhD in literature and creative writing from the University of Houston. Her short fiction has appeared in TriQuarterly, Tin House, Zoetrope: All-Story, and in the anthologies Best New American Voices, Best American Nonrequired Reading, The Worst Years of Your Life, and Home of the Brave. A recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment of the Arts, InPrint, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, she is currently an associate professor of English and creative writing at Rice University in Houston, Texas. She is at work on another novel called The Laughing Girl.
The Mary Wood Fellowship at The Rose O’Neill Literary House is awarded biennially to a female-identifying writer—in poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction—who has published at least one book. The Fellowship enables female creative writing students at Washington College to work with and learn from successful female writers like Nicky Beer, Shara Lessley, Laura van den Berg, Hannah Tinti, and Irina Reyn, who spend five days on campus. Eastern Shore author Mary Wood, whose support makes the fellowship possible, is a ’68 graduate of the College and a former member of its Board of Visitors and Governors.