To enhance our strong program in creative writing, the Department of English established the Olive B. O’Connor Fellowship in Creative Writing.


This annual fellowship is designed to support writers completing their first books. It provides a generous stipend, office space, and an intellectual community for the recipients, who spend one academic year at Colgate. In return, each fellow teaches one creative writing workshop per semester and gives a public reading of their work.


2019–2020 Olive B. O’Connor Fellows

Creative Writer Annie Vitalsey

Annie Vitalsey is a fiction writer whose stories have appeared in Reed MagazineBennington Review, Pacifica Literary ReviewMenacing Hedge, Spilled Milk Magazine, Watershed Review, and elsewhere. In 2018, she was a Virginia G. Piper Global Residency Fellow and received her first Pushcart nomination. In 2019, she was also awarded a Desert Nights Teaching Fellowship. Vitalsey has an MFA from Arizona State University, and is currently working on her first novel.