Pronunciation: Steven TAY-gul
MFA, UMass Amherst
Steven Tagle is the child of immigrants from Philippines
Fellowship awarded to support work towards an MFA in Creative Writing, Fiction at UMass Amherst
Steven was born in California, the son of Filipino immigrants. As an adolescent, he feared that being gay would bring shame to his family, so he threw himself into becoming the stereotype of the Asian overachiever: National Merit Scholar, newspaper editor, literary magazine editor in chief.
As a Stanford undergraduate Steven produced narrative short films that won screenings at numerous film festivals. He was the first male undergraduate to enroll in the honors program in feminist studies at Stanford, where he wrote his first novel, a revision of the superhero origin story. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in English and psychology.
Since graduation, Steven has continued to make documentary films such as "Trent Loves Greg," "Street Kid Book Factory," about teenagers who scavenge cardboard for a publisher in Buenos Aires, and "Shopping for a Candidate," part of Current TV's coverage of the 2008 New Hampshire presidential primary. He is also the author of an award-winning screenplay, published poems and short stories, audio essays, one-act plays, and commentaries on trends in digital publishing.
Steven is in his third year in the MFA Program for Poets and Writers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he has received the Harvey Swados Fiction Prize and the Deborah Slosberg Memorial Award in Fiction.