Emerging Writer Fellowships / 2023 Fellows

Siham “Sam” Inshassi

2023 Fiction Fellow

Siham Inshassi is a Brooklyn, New York-based Palestinian American author, currently working on her first novel. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in fiction writing from The New School, where she studied under bestselling authors Mira Jacob, Helen Schulman, and Katie Kitamura, and was awarded the Ignite Fellowship, working with the New York Women’s Foundation to create articles for its biannual publication. Her work focuses on culture and identity politics, both in the home and beyond, with particular focus on psychology and human nature and their relationship to cultural dynamics. She’s a passionate advocate for the Palestinian cause and intersectional solidarity. She’s been published in The Margins, The Inquisitive Eater, Brooklyn Magazine, and The Drum, among others. She is inspired by art, people, and places. You can find her on Instagram @TheStoriedAyrab.

Soleil Garneau

2023 Poetry Fellow

Soleil Garneau is a writer and educator with roots in the Mid-Atlantic, the Gulf South, and Southern California. She is a Community of Writers alum and holds an MFA from University of California, Riverside. You can find her work in The Spectacle, Salt Hill Journal, Thin Air Magazine, and elsewhere.

Ella Jacobson

2023 Nonfiction Fellow

Ella Jacobson is a cultural critic and writer originally from interior Alaska. Her writing has appeared in Slate, The Drift, The Guardian, The Los Angeles Review of Books blog, High Country News, and Real Life, among other publications. Much of her work explores how people metabolize their exposure to violence and death. She holds a masters in cultural reporting and criticism from the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at New York University, and she is the recipient of residencies and support from Edith Wharton House, Straw Dog Writers Guild, Monson Arts, I-Park Foundation, Good Hart, and the Ora Lerman Charitable Trust Foundation. She is a former New York University Abu Dhabi Fellow in writing. You can find her on Twitter @_ellajacobson.

Óscar Molina V.

2023 Spanish Fellow

Journalist Óscar Molina V. was born in Quito, Ecuador. His work has appeared in magazines and media outlets from Latin America and the United States like Gatopardo, Telemundo, Univision, El Espectador, The Clinic Online, Relatto, GK, and Mundo Diners, among others. In 2019, he was part of the exhibition “Archivxs LGBTIQ+” at the Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Quito with the work Contengo multitudes. He holds a master’s degree in journalism from the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at the City University of New York, and a master’s degree in literary creation from the Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona. His texts are part of journalistic and literary anthologies in Ecuador and the U.S.  

The Miami Book Fair Emerging Writer Fellowships program is supported by The Jorge M. Peréz Family Foundation at The Miami Foundation, the Green Family Foundation, Cornelia T. Bailey Foundation, the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, and the Florida Department of State Division of Arts and Culture.