Scholarship Winner Named

SFCC’s emerging writers showcased their work during the Kate Besser Writing Awards celebration, earlier this month in the Learning Lab at Meow Wolf. Accolades, a booklet containing the student’s winning pieces is available free of charge online at

Creative Writing major Tintawi Kaigziabiher has been named the ninth annual winner of the SFCC Foundation’s Richard Bradford Memorial Creative Writing Scholarship.

Tintawi Kaigziabiher is a woman of African descent who writes to give a voice to disenfranchised populations, specifically in regard to people of the African Diaspora. Her works include research work on the black experience in the Americas and throughout the Diaspora, her cultural heritage and infant and maternal health among black women in the United States and Ethiopia. She migrated to Santa Fe from the NYC Metro Area on a quest to live closer to the land. She now lives in a rural community outside of the city limits with her husband, five children, five chickens, two doves, a kitten, and a leopard gecko. She is working on completing her Associates Degree in Creative Writing at SFCC and transferring into the Bachelor’s Program at Harvard Extension School. Her short story, “The Bridge,” was recently published in Trampset, an online literary journal.

Named for the author of the 1968 classic Red Sky at Morning, the scholarship was initiated by author Michael McGarrity, arts advocate Charmay Allred and former Santa Fe city councilwoman Rebecca Wurzburger. The Kate Besser Writing Awards are directed by Emily Stern and sponsored by the SFCC Foundation.