Writers & Presenters

New Voices Fellowship

Bringing fresh perspectives and rising young stars to SVWC.


In a literary conference filled with recognizable and established authors, the New Voices Fellowship aims to showcase some of the country’s most exciting new talent—young, award-winning writers whose debut work is both original and daring.


In 2023, we welcomed New Voices authors Jonathan Escoffery and Sarah Thankam Mathews. They spoke about their choice to become writers—how daunting, how irrefutable that calling—and read from their highly-acclaimed debut novels. You can listen to their talks on our AUDIO page, and keep an eye on these rising stars in the years ahead!


This program was inaugurated in 2022, thanks to the support of the Grossman Family Foundation (in honor of Peggy Grossman), bringing fresh voices and perspectives into the SVWC fold.