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Residencies Revealed: Writers and Programs Tell All

January 29, 2017 at 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Free to the public | Central Library (Level 4, room 2 – Howard S. Wright Family & Janet W. Ketcham Meeting Room)


Presented in partnership with the Seattle Public Library

Join us for a two-part discussion where we’ll hear from representatives of residency programs old and new including Artsmith, Bloedel Reserve, Hedgebrook, Hypatia-In-The-Woods, Mineral School, and Till. Then listen to local writers Cara Diacanoff, Karen Finneyfrock, Gabriela Denise Frank, Jay McAleer, and Anastacia Tolbert as they share from their experiences choosing, applying to, and attending residencies at regional and farther-flung programs. Handouts and refreshments will make this a lively, informative afternoon.

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Cara Diacanoff is the author of Unmarriageable Daughters: Stories (Lewis-Clark Press) and a novel, I’ll Be a Stranger to You (Outpost19 e-books). Her work has appeared in Indiana Review, The Adirondack Review, and other journals. She has taught creative writing most recently as a visiting professor at Southern Methodist University in Dallas and currently at Seattle’s Hugo House. She has attended residencies at MacDowell Colony, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Norman Mailer Center/Ucross, Caldera, Mineral School, and elsewhere.

Karen Finneyfrock is the author of two young adult novels: The Sweet Revenge of Celia Door and Starbird Murphy and the World Outside, both published by Viking Children’s Books. She is one of the editors of the anthology Courage: Daring Poems for Gutsy Girls and the author of Ceremony for the Choking Ghost, both released on Write Bloody press. She is a former writer-in-residence at Hugo House and has attended residencies at Hedgebrook, Bloedel Reserve, Till, and the Helen R. Whiteley Center. Karen is a full-time resident at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center’s Cooper Artist Lofts.


Gabriela Denise Frank
 is a fiction and nonfiction writer whose work has appeared in journals including Brevity, Creative Nonfiction, Flash Fiction Magazine, The Rumpus, and Stoneboat. She has attended residencies at A Room of Her Own Foundation, Mineral School, Seattle Central Library, NIAUSI (Italy), and Vermont Studio Center.

Jay McAleer‘s work has appeared in Literary Orphans, Pacifica Literary Review, The Far Field, and elsewhere. He was a 2013 Jack Straw Writer and in addition to participating in the Till residency for two consecutive years, has received residencies from the Vermont Studio Center and Centrum Arts Foundation.

Anastacia Tolbert is a writer, performance artist, Cave Canem Fellow, Hedgebrook Alumna, and Artist Trust EDGE Program Graduate. Her poetry, fiction, and nonfiction have been published widely, and she is currently a writer-in-residence at Hugo House.