Residencies Revealed: Writers and Programs Tell All
Join us for a two-part discussion where we’ll hear from representatives of residency programs old and new including Artsmith, Bloedel Reserve, Drop Out on Orcas, Hedgebrook, Mineral School, Till, and Willapa Bay AIR. Then listen to local writers Wendy Call, Bill Carty, Johnny Horton, Donna Miscolta, Corrine Manning, and Christopher Robinson as they share from their experiences choosing, applying to, and attending residencies at regional and further-flung programs. Handouts and a cash bar will make this a lively, informative afternoon.
Wendy Call is a writer, editor, educator, and translator who has attended a long list of residencies, including Blue Mountain Center, Hedgebrook, Mineral School, Penland School of Crafts, Vermont Studio Center, Willapa Bay AiR, as well as many residencies at national parks. She is the author of No Word for Welcome (University of Nebraska, 2011) and Telling True Stories: A Nonfiction Writers’ Guide from the Nieman Foundation at Harvard University (Plume/Penguin, 2007).
Bill Carty was a 2013-14 Poetry Fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts, and he has also attended residencies at Centrum and the Helen R. Whiteley Center. His chapbook Refugium was published by Alice Blue Books, and his poems have recently appeared (or will soon) in The Boston Review, the Iowa Review, Conduit, Poetry Northwest, Pleiades, The Volta, Oversound, Willow Springs, and other journals.
Johnny Horton teaches English and poetry at Seattle Central and Hugo House. He directs the University of Washington’s summer creative writing program in Rome and hosts the new Hugo House series Ask the Oracle at the Sorrento Hotel. He’s received residency fellowships from The Espy Foundation, Casa Libra en Solana, The Ragdale Foundation, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. He thinks he might be currently on the waiting list at Yaddo, but he’s too afraid to ask.
Corinne Manning is a writer, editor, teacher, and literary entrepreneur who runs the popular Furnace Readings Series and founded both the Living Room workshops and the The James Franco Review. She has published in journals such as Oxford American, Drunken Boat, Moss, and Story Quarterly. She has received grants from organizations including Artist Trust and the Seattle Office of Arts and Culture, and has been a writer in residence at The Hub City Writers Project, Centrum, The MacDowell Colony, and the Helen R. Whiteley Center.
Donna Miscolta is the author of the novel When the de la Cruz Family Danced (Signal 8 Press, 2011). Her short story manuscript Hola and Goodbye was selected by Randall Kenan for the Doris Bakwin Award for Writing by a Woman and will be published by Carolina Wren Press in 2016. She has received awards and fellowships from Artist Trust, 4Culture, the Bread Loaf/Rona Jaffe Foundation, and the City of Seattle, and has attended residencies at the Anderson Center, Artsmith, Atlantic Center for the Arts, Hedgebrook, Ragdale, and Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Find her at donnamiscolta.com.
Christopher Robinson is the co-author with Gavin Kovite of War of the Encyclopaedists (Scribner, May 2015). His work has appeared widely in publications such as Salon.com, New England Review, Kenyon Review, and McSweeney’s. He is a recipient of fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, the Millay Colony, Bread Loaf, the Santa Fe Art Institute, the Djerassi Resident Artist program, the Lanesboro Arts Center, the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. He has been a finalist for numerous prizes, including the Ruth Lilly Fellowship and the Yale Younger Poets Prize.