New Writer in Residence: Krys Malcolm Belc

Philadelphia author selected as Creative Writing fellow
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The Creative Writing Program is glad to announce that the Edelstein-Keller Writer in Residence for 2023-2025 is Krys Malcolm Belc. Belc is the author of The Natural Mother of the Child: A Memoir of Nonbinary Parenthood (Counterpoint) and the flash nonfiction chapbook In Transit (The Cupboard Pamphlet). His essays have been featured in Granta, Guernica, The Rumpus, Brevity, and elsewhere. Krys is the memoir editor of Split Lip Magazine. He lives in Philadelphia with his partner and their four young children. 

The Writer in Residence teaches two courses a year, as well as advising creative writing student theses and participating in program events. The fellowship rotates every two years.

Welcome, Krys Malcolm Belc! 

The previous Writer in Residence was Kao Kalia Yang. During her term, the author of The Latehomecomer published Somewhere in the Unknown World, a collective memoir about refugee lives, and two books for children: The Most Beautiful Thing and From the Tops of the Trees, which received the 2023 Asian/Pacific American Literature Award from the American Library Association. Yang also adapted the memoir The Song Poet as a libretto, and the opera received a sold-out world premiere in spring 2023 from Minnesota Opera. She was selected as a 2023 Guggenheim Fellow and received a 2023 McKnight Artist Fellowship for Writers/Loft Awards in Creative Prose. The Department of English is grateful for Yang's service and mentorship.

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