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WCDH Awards Changing American South Fellowship

Updated: Jun 24, 2022

The Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow (WCDH) is pleased to announce the winner of the 2022 “The Changing American South” fellowship, which invited writers to reconsider Southern identity. The fellowship consider work in any genre: fiction or nonfiction, poetry or prose, drama or screenplay, but it was expected to bring fresh insights to the subject of Southern experience and identity. The judges selected Exodus Brownlow for her writing project’s literary merit and the likelihood of publication. She will receive a two-week residency at the Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow.

Exodus Oktavia Brownlow is a Blackhawk, Mississippi native. She is a graduate of Mississippi Valley State University with a BA in English, and Mississippi University for Women with an MFA in Creative Writing. She is an Associate Editor with Fractured Lit. Brownlow has been published or has forthcoming work with Electric Lit, West Branch, Denver Quarterly, F(r)iction, and more. She has been nominated for Best of The Net, Best MicroFiction, Best Small Fictions, and a Pushcart Prize. Her piece "Chicken-Girls and Chicken Ladies and All the Possibility of Pillowcases” will be included in Best MicroFiction 2022 and her piece "The Terrible Darling" is a Wigleaf Top 50 2022 Winner. Her debut chapbook, "Look at All the Little Hurts of These Newly-Broken Lives and The Bittersweet, Sweet and Bitter Loves," is set for publication with Ethel Zine and Press in April 2023. Her debut collection of essays, "I'm Afraid That I Know Too Much About Myself Now, To Go Back to Who I Knew Before, and Oh Lord, Who Will I Be After I've Known All That I Can", is set for publication with ELJ Editions in June 2023.

Brownlow is planning a 2023 residency when she will be working on Southern historical romance story with horror elements set in a fictional Honey, Mississippi, in 1896. She described the project saying, “I fall back into black history, black horror, and black love through this project because it shows me all the possibilities for myself and the future. Black history has a horror, but it isn’t horrible. Any history that has enabled me to sit, and write, and imagine fictional tales, to create, goes way beyond that surface level horror. There had to have been hope, faith, and the pursuit of happiness, too.” Regarding her residency, Brownlow said she was, “looking for more time, and space, to work more diligently towards my novel.”

The Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow would like to thank author and Writers’ Colony alumna, Linda Leavell, and her husband, Brooks Garner, for generously funding this fellowship. For more information about funding a fellowship supporting the genre and/or area of interest you are passionate about, visit

The Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose mission is “to nurture writers of all backgrounds, genres, and levels of experience in a supportive environment that builds community, stimulates new thinking, energizes creative expression, and optimizes productivity.” Since opening its doors to writers in 2000, the Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow has made a lasting impact on the arts and literary communities hosting over 1,800 writers from 48 states and 13 countries. For more information, please call (479)253-7444.

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