Winners

2018 RESIDENCY

Karen Chee

Karen Chee is a comedy writer and performer in New York City. She’s a graduate of Harvard University, where she founded SKETCH, the school’s annual sketch comedy show, and performed with the improv group, The Immediate Gratification Players. She contributes pieces regularly to The New Yorker, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Splitsider, HuffPost Comedy and elsewhere. She’s also interned for “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” and “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee” and was recently named one of “New York City Comedians to Look Out for in 2018” by Mogul, a global platform for women.

Samantha Schoech

Samantha Schoech, a writer, copywriter and editor from San Francisco, has published fiction and non-fiction pieces in Seventeen, Glimmer Train, the Sun, The New York Times, and other magazines and literary journals. She’s co-edited two books, The Bigger the Better, the Tighter the Sweater: 21 Funny Women on Beauty, Body Image and Other Hazards of Being Female and Tied in Knots: Funny Stories from the Wedding Day. Currently program director of Independent Bookstore Day, she has taught writing at bookstores, the University of San Francisco and the University of California, Davis, where she earned a master’s degree in English and creative writing.