The Kristina Stahl Creative Writing Fund was established by Bill and Karin Stahl in memory of their daughter, Kristina Stahl ’99, who died tragically in 2002. She was a talented English teacher at Kingswood Oxford School in West Hartford, CT, and was pursuing her Masters in English at Middlebury during summers at the Bread Loaf campus. Kristina loved writing fiction, poetry, and nonfiction.
The Kristina Stahl Creative Writing Fund supports the Creative Writing Program at Colby through three initiatives:
Kristina Stahl Prize for Creative Nonfiction
For excellence in the writing of creative nonfiction.
Established in 2015 by Bill and Karin Stahl, this prize is in memory of their daughter, who loved writing fiction, poetry, and nonfiction.
Kristina Stahl Writer-in-Residence
Each year the Kristina Stahl Writer-in-Residence brings a nationally recognized writer to Colby to visit classes, lecture on craft, give a reading, and meet with creative writing students. Past writers-in-residence include Chen Chen, Jo Ann Beard, Edward Hirsch, Tony Hoagland, Margot Livesey, Maurice Manning, Steve Orlen, Bill Roorbach, Sarah Shun-Lien Bynum, and Dani Shapiro. The 2019-2020 Kristina Stahl Writer-in-Residence is Ana Menéndez who will be giving a craft talk and a reading in March.
Kristina Stahl Creative Writing Internships and Kristina Stahl
Students who secure an unpaid internship for Jan plan or summer can apply for funds to cover their expenses while they undertake their internship.
Applications for the Kristina Stahl Creative Writing Internship award will be live on this DavisConnects webpage.
Application Opens: March 11, 2021 @ 12:00 AM EST
Application Closes: March 25, 2021 @ 11:59 PM EST
Award Notifications: April 9, 2021
Students will fill out a general application (please visit that DavisConnects funding page to prep all essay questions and application materials). Qualified applicants will then be asked to answer the following:
1. Describe previous internship, coursework, non-profit work, extracurricular activities, or other experience that might be directly relevant to the types of opportunities supported by the Kristina Stahl Writing Fund.
2. Who will supervise you? Please describe the nature of the supervision, such as how often you will be mentored.
3. Are you applying for funding from any source other than the Kristina Stahl? If so, indicate the source and how much
are you requesting.