MFA candidate Emily Ula receives 2016 School of Letters Rivendell Fellowship.

Rivendell Fellowship Emily Ula
The Sewanee School of Letters and Rivendell Writers’ Colony are pleased to announce that MFA candidate Emily Ula is the recipient of the 2016 School of Letters Rivendell Fellowship. Emily will spend two weeks in residence on the Rivendell campus near Sewanee, polishing her fiction thesis while enjoying the spectacular house, grounds, and view of Lost Cove. The Fellowship is awarded annually to either an MA or MFA student in the School of Letters. "The members of Rivendell's creative council were honored to review all the applications," says Rivendell's director, Carmen Toussaint, "and we look forward to seeing the work that the students in the Sewanee Letters program will accomplish in the future."  
 
The Rivendell creative council chose three finalists for their outstanding work: David Hornbuckle, Donna Mintz, and Heidi Siegrist. David is a first-year MFA student, and both Donna and Heidi are working on their MFA thesis projects. The finalists as well as the award winner will receive a subscription to the Sewanee Review. Congratulations to the finalists on this honor.

Emily lives in San Luis Obispo, California with her husband, Fran, L'16, and daughter, Scarlett. She is currently completing her MFA thesis and will graduate from the School of Letters in 2017. Emily is excited to return to Sewanee, where she met her husband, adopted some stray animals, and developed her writing style. She is working on a collection of linked fictional stories about a family of Albanian immigrants and the secrets they keep from one another. Haunted by the sins of a dying relative, these characters often find themselves on the periphery of society, attempting to integrate into unique American microcultures.