BYMS Alumni Steven Tagle Awarded Fulbright Grant

Tagle will be studying in Greece for a series of 10-12 short stories

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Steven Tagle, a BYMS alumni and Esperanza graduate, has been awarded a Fulbright Student Program Grant during 2016-2017’s academic school year to be able to conduct independent research in Greece for a series of 10-12 short stories, reported

Steven has won several awards in the past, such as the “Harvey Swados Fiction Prize” and the “Deborah Slosberg Memorial Award in Fiction”. Steven’s work has also been published in The Rumpus as well, and has also taught literature to college and high school students, according to

During the term of his grant, Steven Tagle will visit landscapes, archaeological sites, study Greek to English translations, and interview Greek University students, according

“I look forward to exploring Greece’s dramatic natural landscapes and archaeological sites: monasteries perched on top of towers of rock, vivid blue waters, the Parthenon overlooking Athens, the temples at Knossos, Delphi, and Delos.” according to Steven, in an interview with the Matador Messenger. He has also been invited to teach a creative writing workshop at Aristotle that revolves around new technology and the transition of Urban environments.

In an interview with the Matador Messenger, we asked Steven what themes his project, “Rewriting Mythological Monsters to Investigate Greek Youth Culture,” will explore. “I intend to rewrite Greek myths that imagine monsters and monstrous acts as a means of investigating Greek youth culture.” responded Steven.

Steven Tagle has formally studied fiction writing for seven years, first as an English and psychology major at Stanford University, and later as a Soros Fellow in the UMass (University of Massachusetts) Amherst Program. He is currently part of the AAWW (Asian American Writers Workshop) Fellowship.

Recently, the AAWW revived “The Margins Fellowship”. The Margins Fellowship is an online magazine that includes new features of art in poetry and writing.“We’re thrilled to announce our 2016 Open City and Margins Fellows. These writers will be incubated at the Asian American Writers’ Workshop and you’ll be able to follow their work here in our online magazines,” stated by the AAWW official website.

Steven started writing seriously as a sophomore in Esperanza High School. “I experimented with a variety of forms: short stories, poetry, plays. Ms. Gannaway at Bernardo and Ms. Durnford and Ms. Semegran at Esperanza read a lot of my early work and gave me much needed encouragement and feedback on my writing,” Steven told the Matador Messenger.

Steven advises young authors to read widely and voraciously and never stop writing. “The more you bleed the pen, the more you’ll improve. Write towards what frightens or discomforts you. Find readers you trust to share your work with. Apply to contests, find mentors, get your work out there,” added Steven.