Tickner Writing Fellow
The Reginald S. Tickner Writing Fellowship is an annual writer-in-residence position named in honor of Reginald Tickner, whose 41-year career at Gilman impacted thousands of Gilman students.
Each year, the Tickner Fellow:
- Directs the Writers at Work Series, a yearly program of bringing writers to campus to give a reading and work with classes for a day.
- Advises Paragon, the school's award-winning literary magazine, published at least twice each year.
- Teaches one section of Creative Writing to seniors every other day in addition to leading occasional creative writing projects in other English classes.
- Consults one-to-one with students on their writing as part of the Tickner Writing Center and in independent study.
- Uses his/her non-teaching day for activity related to personal writing projects and shares the process with students and faculty.
Poet Thea Brown is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where she was named a Truman Capote Fellow. Originally from the Hudson Valley in New York, she has worked with high school students at the Iowa Young Writers' Studio and the Iowa Youth Writing Project. Thea's work has been published in literary journals and collections including American Letters & Commentary; Better, The Volta, Mississippi Review, jubilat, TriQuarterly, and Best New Poets. She is the author of the collection Think of the Danger and the chapbook We Are Fantastic. She most recently taught at George Washington University.
Cam Terwilliger's fiction and nonfiction can be found online with American Short Fiction, Electric Literature, The Rumpus, and Narrative, where he was named one of Narrative's "15 Under 30." In print, his writing appears in West Branch, Post Road, and The Literary Review, among others. While in residence at the Gilman School, Terwilliger shared with students his progress on a historical novel set in New York and Quebec during the French and Indian War (1756–1763). He conducted research for the book as a Fulbright Scholar at McGill University and at the American Antiquarian Society. His work has also been supported by fellowships and scholarships from the James Jones First Novel Fellowship, the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, the Sewanee Writers' Conference, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and the Virginia Center for Creative Arts. A graduate of Emerson College's MFA program, he taught previously at Louisiana State University, Coastal Carolina University, and Grub Street.
Will Schutt is the author of Westerly, winner of the 2012 Yale Series of Younger Poets prize (selected by Carl Phillips). A graduate of Oberlin College and Hollins University, he is the recipient of fellowships and scholarships from the James Merrill House, the Sewanee Writers' Conference and the Stadler Center for Poetry at Bucknell University. His poems and translations have appeared in Agni, FIELD, The New Republic, The Southern Review and elsewhere. More information can be found at his website: www.wschutt.com.
Born and raised in Southern California, Adam Prince earned his MFA from the University of Arkansas and his Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee. His award-winning fiction has appeared in The Missouri Review, The Southern Review, and Narrative Magazine, among others. He is married to the poet Charlotte Pence and is serving as the 2012-2013 Tickner Fellow at the Gilman School while at work on a novel that takes place in Jakarta, Indonesia. His first book, a short story collection called The Beautiful Wishes of Ugly Men, has just been published with Black Lawrence Press, an imprint of Dzanc Books. His website is His first book, a short story collection called The Beautiful Wishes of Ugly Men, has just been published with Black Lawrence Press, an imprint of Dzanc Books. His website is adamprinceauthor.com
Shara Lessley is the author of "Two-Headed Nightingale" and her current manuscript entitled "The Explosive Expert’s Wife".. A former Wallace Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford University, her awards include an Artist Fellowship from the State of North Carolina, the Diane Middlebrook Poetry Fellowship from the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, an Olive B. O’Connor Fellowship from Colgate University, and a “Discovery”/The Nation prize. Shara’s poems and essays have appeared in Ploughshares, The Kenyon Review, Threepenny Review, The Southern Review, New England Review and Blackbird, among others. A recipient of scholarships from ArtsBridge and Bread Loaf, Shara holds bachelor’s degrees in Dance and English from the University of California, Irvine, and an MFA from University of Maryland. View Shara's website here.
John Rowell is the author of the short story collection "The Music of Your Life," which was named as a spring 2003 Dazzling Debut/Breakout Book at amazon.com, as well as a finalist for the 2004 Ferro-Grumley Prize for Best Fiction Book of the Year. He is also the recipient of fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and the Sewanee Writers Conference. His fiction, essays, and reviews have been featured in such publications as Tin House, Bloom and Show Business Weekly, among others. He is now working on a novel. John remains a member of the Gilman Upper School English faculty, and his the director of the spring musicals.
Casey is also the author of a collection of stories, Drastic. Twice nominated for Pushcart Prizes, her stories have appeared in The Threepenny Review; The Gettysburg Review; Prairie Schooner; Forklift, Ohio; American Short Fiction; Bellevue Literary Journal; The Salt Hill Journal and elsewhere. She has received residency fellowships from the Ledig International Writers House, Fundacion Valparaiso, Vermont Studio Center, and the UCross Foundation. She is the recipient of the 2008 Calvino Prize and 2008-2009 DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Artist Fellowship.
Reginald S. Tickner did it all at Gilman and did it well. The positions he held cover an unusually wide range of activities in teaching, administration, and coaching. Tickner’s 41-year teaching career at Gilman included service in all three divisions of the School: English teacher and football and wrestling coach in the Upper School 1951-1960; Head of the Lower School 1961-1970; Head of the Middle School 1971-1980; and Assistant Headmaster in the Upper School from 1982 until his retirement in 1992. Tickner’s active participation in the fields of literature and writing and sports inspired thousands of Gilman students to push hard in their chosen fields.
Gilman School, an independent boys’ school, announces its search to award the 22nd Tickner Writing Fellowship to an emerging poet, playwright, or writer of fiction or creative nonfiction. The Tickner Fellowship will be a two year position beginning in the fall of 2017.
Responsibilities include teaching one senior elective in creative writing each semester, organizing a series of readings, advising the literary magazine, and working with the Lower and Middle Schools on select writing projects. The Tickner Fellow teaches every other day, affording time for independent writing projects.
Salary: $35,000 per year, plus full benefits package.
To apply: Send a hard copy of your CV, a cover letter, three confidential letters of recommendation, and a writing sample of up to 30 pages of published prose, 10 pages of published poetry, or an original play to:
Mr. Patrick Hastings
English Department Chair
5407 Roland Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21210
Because the 2016/17 search was for a two-year position, we will not be conducting a search in 2017/18. Gilman will next accept applications in December 2018. We are happy to accept materials, including letters of recommendation, from a dossier service or under separate cover.