The Kerouac Project

Current Writers

Residency 1, Sept 1 - Oct 20, 2024

Ezza Ahmed

Ezza Ahmed is an educator and poet based in NYC. She holds an MFA from Brooklyn College. Her poetry is concerned with diaspora, memory, and water (rivers, creeks, lakes, etc.). When she isn’t writing, she enjoys cozying up with a good cup of tea. Her poems are in Wande Magazine, The Idaho Review, The Gingerbug Press and are forthcoming in the Sycamore Review and Apogee Journal.

Residency 2, Nov 1 - Dec 22, 2024

Steve Chang

Steve Chang is a Taiwanese writer and educator from the San Gabriel Valley, California. His work appears in Epiphany, Guernica, North American Review, and The Southampton Review, among other places. It has also been commended by The Iron Horse Prize, the Ploughshares Emerging Writers Contest, the StoryQuarterly Fiction Prize, and even by (some of) his friends. He is thankful for the support offered by MacDowell, the KHN Center for the Arts, the Carolyn Moore Writers House, and The Kerouac Project. He edits fiction at Okay Donkey and holds an MFA from Cornell.

Residency 3, Jan 3 - Feb 23, 2025

Kathy Fish

Kathy Fish’s stories have been widely published in journals, anthologies, and textbooks. Her work has been published in Ploughshares, Guernica, Swamp Pink, Electric Literature, Denver Quarterly, Best American Nonrequired Reading, the Norton Reader, and Norton’s Flash Fiction America (2023). Honors include the Copper Nickel Editor’s Prize, six appearances in the Best Small Fictions series, and a Ragdale Foundation Fellowship. The author of five short fiction collections, Fish teaches a variety of writing workshops online. She also publishes a popular monthly craft newsletter, The Art of Flash Fiction, which was recently named as one of the 20 Best Creative Writing Substacks by Writers at Work.

Residency 4, March 1 - April 20, 2025

Zach Zimmerman

Zach Zimmerman is a writer and comedian who was recently named a 2023 Vulture Comedian You Should and Will Know.  Zach’s writing has been published in The New YorkerMcSweeney’s, and The Washington Post; and Zach’s first book Is It Hot in Here? (Or Am I Suffering for All Eternity for the Sins I Committed on Earth?) was named a Barnes & Noble Best Book of 2023. A regular at the Comedy Cellar, Zach has appeared on The Late Late Show with James Corden, Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, After Midnight, and Zach’s first comedy album “Clean Comedy” debut on the Billboard Top 10.

Residency 5, May 1 - June 22, 2025

Skye Jackson

Skye Jackson was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. Her work has appeared in The Southern Review, Electric Literature, Green Mountains Review, RATTLE and elsewhere. Her poetry has been a finalist for the 2023 Iowa Review Poetry Award, the RATTLE Poetry Prize, the RHINO Founders’ Prize, and in 2021 she received the AWP Intro Journals Award. Skye’s work was also selected by Billy Collins for inclusion in the Library of Congress Poetry 180 Project. Her debut full-length poetry collection, Libre, will be published by Regalo Press and distributed by Simon & Schuster in Spring 2025. She currently teaches at Xavier University.


Residency 6, July 1 - August 25, 2025

A.J. Rodriguez

A.J. Rodriguez is a Chicano fiction writer born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He is a graduate of the University of Oregon’s MFA program and the recipient of fellowships from MacDowell and Yaddo. His stories have won CRAFT’s Flash Fiction Contest, the Crazyhorse Fiction Prize, second place in Salamander’s Fiction Contest, and the Kinder/Crump Award for Short Fiction from Pleiades, judged by Jonathan Escoffery. His fiction also appears in New England ReviewPassages NorthThe Common, and elsewhere. He is the forty-third annual Writer-in-Residence at St. Albans School in Washington, D.C.

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