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2019 - 2020 Residency Winners

Hemingway House Residency Winner: Kevin Lavelle

Mill House Residency Winners: Tammy Delatorre, Amanda Oliver and Heather Wells Peterson

San Juan Residency Winners: Kelly Thompson and Lia Woodall

Wolf House Residency Winners: Tessa Fontaine and Valarie Reed Hickman
Finalists: Margaret Adams, Crystal Brandt, Amber Caron, Kelly Green, Rose McMackin, Rachel Moulton, Emily Quinian, Julie Stern, Carolyn Supinka, Rebecca Young

Tammy Delatorre is a writer in Los Angeles. Her essay, “Out of the Swollen Sea,” won the 2015 Payton Prize, and her essay, “Diving Lessons,” was awarded the 2015 Slippery Elm Prose Prize. Tammy was also a finalist in the 2015 Dorothy Churchill Cappon Essay Award, a finalist in the 2012 William Richey Short Fiction Contest, winner of the 2008 River Styx Micro-Fiction Contest, and recognized in various other literary contests. Her writing has appeared in numerous publications. She obtained her MFA in creative writing from Antioch University, Los Angeles.

Tessa Fontaine is the author of The Electric Woman: A Memoir in Death-Defying Acts, A New York Times Editors' Choice; A Southern Living Best Book of 2018; An Amazon Editors' Best Book of 2018; A Refinery29 Best Book of 2018; A New York Post Most Unforgettable Book of 2018.

Valerie Reed Hickman lives and writes in Madison, Wisconsin. She is the recipient of a Wolf House Residency and the winner of the 2019 Sewanee Review Fiction Contest.

Kevin Lavelle started his career in Roger Corman’s film studio in Ireland, where they produced 5 films a year. He worked up from set PA through the editing ranks to editor in under 3 years, becoming the first Irish editor to cut a film in the studio. Seeking fresh challenges, he moved from Galway, Ireland to Los Angeles in 2014.

Amanda Oliver is a writer and librarian. Her writing has been been featured in the Los Angeles Times, Electric Literature, Vox, Medium, and more. She is at work on a book about public libraries and her years working as a librarian in Washington, D.C.

Heather Wells Peterson earned her MFA from the University of Florida in 2014. She also has an MA from Lancaster University and a BA from Brown University. She has lived in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, England, Florida, and Vermont, and she now lives in Los Angeles.

Lia Woodall is an emerging nonfiction writer recently transplanted to Houston from Denver. Her essay, “Torn in Two” can be found in Vol. 15 of South Loop Review: Creative Nonfiction + Art, Best American Essays Notable and Pushcart Prize nominee. Her essay, “The Scream” was published in Issue 64 of Sonora Review. “Fallout: A Response to The Fourth State of Matter,” appears online in Issue 89 of Crack the Spine Literary Magazine and was selected for the Winter 2014 print anthology.

2018 -2019 Residency Winners

2018 Mill House Winners: Kathryn Gilmore, Heidi Hunter, Allison Landa and Sarah Grace McCandless

Mill House Finalists: Amy Bess Cook and Austyn Gaffney

2019 Wolf House Winners: Bruna Dantas Lobato and Caitlin Scarano

Wolf House Finalists: Ami Mann and Roseanne Pereira

With head in the clouds and boots wandering the vineyards, Amy Bess Cook is a writer who also works in the wine biz. Her personal essays have appeared in such publications as Vela, Entropy, and Misadventures. In 2015, she launched sirsee: the gift, a harvest arts journal and accompanying handcrafted wine, to raise money for social causes. Her latest initiative, Woman-Owned Wineries, gives voice to hardworking female wine entrepreneurs. She lives in Sonoma, California.

Bruna Dantas Lobato was born and raised in Natal, Brazil. A graduate of Bennington College, she received her MFA in Fiction from New York University and is currently an Iowa Arts Fellow and MFA candidate in Literary Translation at the University of Iowa. Her stories, essays, and translations from the Portuguese have appeared in Harvard Review, Ploughshares online, BOMB, The Common, and elsewhere. She is a 2018 A Public Space Fellow.

Austyn Gaffney is a freelance writer and editor based in Kentucky. Her work is published or forthcoming in Brevity, Prairie Schooner, The Offing, onEarth, RANGE, Misadventures, Scalawag, Southerly, and more. Her writing has been supported by the Katherine Bakeless Nason Scholarship from the Bread Loaf Environmental Writers Conference, the Emerging Artist Award from the Kentucky Arts Council, the Creative Nonfiction Award from the University of Kentucky, and residencies from Brush Creek Arts and PLAYA Summer Lake. She is working on her first book about a lighthouse and a smelter in northern Ontario.

Kathryn Gilmore is a writer, animal-lover, food fanatic, and intrepid world traveler. She is currently living in Oakland, CA with her pit bull rescue Hattie Mae - helping folks out with copywriting, catering and pet care. Kathryn’s writing at Mill House will continue to focus on the healing she has found in the midst of animals. Whether volunteering with lions in Africa, tending to liberated elephants in Cambodia or herding goats on a coastal farm in Northern California, the wisdom and harmony she has gained from being with animals have helped her reconcile her past and start to find her place in this world. 

Dr. Heidi Hunter is associate professor of English, Sustainability, and Gender Studies at Stony Book University. She teaches environmental literature and film, environmental justice, and ecofeminism. Her writing includes academic books, as well as essays in anthologies, The New York Times, Ms. Magazine, Dame, Public Radio International, Spirituality and Health, Tikkun, and Yes! Magazine, among others. Hutner is at work on a narrative nonfiction book, Accidents Can Happen: Voices of Women and Nuclear Disasters, and a companion documentary film of the same name. (@HeidiHutner)

Allison Landa is a Berkeley-based writer of fiction and memoir who earned an MFA in creative writing from St. Mary's College of California. She has held residencies at The MacDowell Colony, Playa Summer Lake, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts and The Julia and David White Artists' Colony.

Sarah Grace McCandless is the creator of Hopeless Semantic, a visual curation of words and her reaction to them, expressed in poetry and prose, inspired by their true definitions, and deeper intentions. She is also the author of two novels, Grosse Pointe Girl: Tales from a Suburban Adolescence and The Girl I Wanted to Be (both with Simon & Schuster), and currently working on a new collection, The Mistakes We Made.

Her short fiction, essays, and articles have been featured in numerous publications, including the anthology Cassette From My Ex: Stories and Soundtracks of Lost Loves. Additionally, Sarah Grace is a former instructor for MediaBistro and Gotham Writers, Mortified performer and former producer, and Back Fence PDX storyteller. Loves include Halloween, infomercials, drugstores, owls (and things with owls on them), her local dance studio Vega Dance Lab in Portland, Oregon, and dogs (all dogs). Foes include cottage cheese, humidity, riding in the back seat, and bare feet. Visit her online at sarahgraciously.com.

Caitlin Scarano is a poet based in northwest Washington, and a PhD candidate in English (creative writing) at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She was recently selected as a participant in the NSF's Antarctic Artists & Writers Program, and will deploy to McMurdo Station in Antarctica in fall 2018. Her debut collection of poems, Do Not Bring Him Water, was released in Fall 2017 by Write Bloody Publishing. You can find her at caitlinscarano.com

2017 - 2018 Residency Winners

2017 Mill House Winners: Jane Adair, Henry Alley, Carson Beker, Diane Glazman, and Austin Gray

Mill House Finalists: Phoebe McIlwain Bright, Darcy Casey and Katherine Taylor

2018 Wolf House Winners: Nathaniel Blaesing and Michael Carter

Wolf House Finalists: Kate Axelrod, Michael Cooper, Jen Ferguson and Sarah Leamy

Jane Adair (previously published as Jane Wampler) has been awarded the Poets & Writers magazine Writer’s Exchange Award as well as a Colorado Council on the Arts Fellowship in poetry.  Her poems, which have been nominated twice for a Pushchart Prize, have appeared, or are forthcoming, in Poetry Northwest, The Missouri Review, The Cimarron Review, Copper Nickel, The Hollins Critic, and other journals. She holds an MFA in Poetry from Vermont College and has taught at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and at The Colorado College.

Henry Alley is a Professor Emeritus of Literature in the Honors College at the University of Oregon.  He has four novels, Through Glass (Iris Press, 1979), The Lattice (Ariadne Press, 1986),  Umbrella of Glass (Breitenbush Books, 1988), and Precincts of Light (Inkwater Press, 2010).  His story collection, The Dahlia Field (Chelsea Station Editions) has just came out this spring.  For nearly fifty years, such journals as Seattle Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, and Webster Review have published his stories.  A selection from The Dahlia Field, “Border Guards,” will appear this year in Best of Gay Stories 2017.

Carson Beker is a queer Turkish American Writer, Playwright, Collaborative/Hybrid Artist, and Storyteller. They will be working on Dead Cat Elegy, Nine Tales of UnDrowning; Spectacular Failure, a hybrid-essay collection, and a collaborative project with Diane Glazman. You can find out more about them at TheEscapery.org. They have two cats, one living and one ghost.

As a former Louisiana Army National Guard helicopter pilot, Nathaniel Blaesing spent a year flying in Iraq. Upon redeployment home, during the aftermaths of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, he was involved in rescues and searches for bodies in his former home of New Orleans. Now he is learning to piece a life together with his wife and newborn son in the tranquil city of Iowa City, Iowa.

Michael Carter is a poet and clinical social worker currently living in rural Connecticut. He holds an MFA from Vermont College and an MSW from Smith.  He was the inaugural Nadya Aisenberg Fellow at the Boston Writing Room and is a two-time Writing By Writers fellow at Tomales Bay.  His poems have appeared in such journals as Ploughshares, Boulevard, and Spoon River Poetry Review among many others. He lives with his hounds, Omar and Birdie, and is a competitive swimmer and a non-competitive knitter.

Diane Glazman is an award-winning photographer and writer. Her written work — both fiction and nonfiction — has appeared in numerous publications including VICE LGBTQ, Calyx Journal, the NonBinary Review, Blood + Milk, and sparkle and blink. She holds an MFA in fiction from San Francisco State University. While at SFSU, she was a Student Artist-in-Residence at Recology (aka: the San Francisco Dump), for which she created a gallery show of visual and text-based artwork constructed from recycled and repurposed items brought to the dump’s public disposal area. As a freelance writer, she has written on an eclectic range of topics including LGBTQ issues, sexuality, finance, travel, health, Harley-Davidson motorcycles, Holocaust survivors, and the Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Repository. She lives with her family in the San Francisco Bay Area and is a volunteer with the National Park Service’s Mounted Patrol in the Marin Headlands. Her time in Bend will be spent working on her current novel-in-progress, Ithaka, a contemporary retelling of the Odyssey exploring Penelope’s experiences and reactions after Odysseus returns home, and she will be joined by her Airedales, Oliver and Maggie.

Austin Gray – How does a nice Montana gay boy become the sober, yet character–defect laden guy I see making faces in the mirror? I’ve massed a group of personal essays and poems which explore this question, and the interrelated processes of healing–despite ex-monastery, excessive graduate school, and singing tenor. These works use both memoir and exploration of pertinent behavioral health research, woven into the stories. Organizing this sequence into a coherent book in Bend appeals to me because of the triggering locale. The high desert plains and mountains outside of Great Falls, MT, formed the developmental ecology of my late childhood, adolescence, and early adulthood.

2016 - 2017  Residency Winners

2016 Mill House Winners: Kathy Conde, Debra Crawford, Jenny Ferguson, Tori Malcangio and Evelyn Sharenov

Mill House Finalists: Melissa Chadburn, Brandi Henderson, Fatima Policarpo, and Casey Walker

2017 Wolf House Winners: Ky Delaney and Ginger Gaffney

Wolf House Finalists: Jennifer Catto, Elaine Deschamps, Marie Drake, MC Hyland, Karin Killian and Jenny Robertson

Kathy Conde writes fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. Her short story, “The Generous Universe,” won the Crab Orchard Review Jack Dyer Fiction Prize 2014. She has won prizes and scholarships from Good Housekeeping, CutThroat: A Journal of the Arts, Writing by Writers, and the Aspen Writers’ Foundation, and has recently been a finalist at Glimmer Train, New Letters, and New Millennium Writings. Her stories and poems have appeared in Atlanta Review, CutThroat, New Poets of the American West, Orbis, Pearl, Pilgrimage, Poetry East, South Dakota Review, Underground Voices,Word Riot, and others. Kathy earned an MFA at Naropa University and is past associate editor for Bombay Gin, Naropa’s literary magazine.

Debra Crawford has been a journalist, editor, and public relations professional for thirty years. From her start as an editor in solar energy research, she’s become the public relations director for an art museum, a private school, and a college, as well as a journalist in Hong Kong. Debbie has written for the World Economic Forum, Bloomberg and Pacific Rim news services, the Japan Times newspaper, numerous Asian magazines, and the editorial pages of The Denver Post. She is co-facilitator of the Glenwood Springs (Colorado) Writers’ Workshop. Her current project is a memoir about her years in Hong Kong, interwoven with her grandmother’s experiences living in China after World War II.

Jenny Ferguson holds a PhD from the University of South Dakota. During the residency, Jenny will be working on a novel set in the border regions (US/Mexico and US/Canada) of near-future North America, chronologically moving back and forth between a time where access to oil is limited and a time where oil–and the world it produced–is almost a memory. Her first novel, BORDER MARKERS, a collection of linked flash fiction narratives is now available from NeWest Press (2016).

Tori Malcangio’s stories can be found or are forthcoming in: the Mississippi Review, Tampa Review, Cream City Review, ZYZZYVA, River Styx, Passages North, Smokelong Quarterly, Pearl Magazine, Literary Mama, The San Diego Reader, and VerbSap, as well as the anthologies: A Year in Ink and The Frozen Moment. She is also the winner of the 2011 Waasmode Fiction Prize, a Pushcart Prize nominee, and an MFA candidate at Bennington College.

Evelyn Sharenov’s stories, essays and poetry have been published in theNew York Times, Glimmer Train, Etude, Mediphors, Fugue, CrossConnect, NYQ, The Bear Deluxe and many other literary journals; she has been short-listed for Best American Short Stories and has received both Oregon Literary Arts and Oregon Arts Commission grants, as well as two Pushcart Prize nominations. She blogs at Psychology Today, reflective essays on working with the mentally ill population in Portland, OR, and her collection, ‘Notes From Bedlam’ is due out in 2014. Her essays, interviews and reviews have appeared in numerous major anthologies, the Oregonian Newspaper, Willamette Week and Bitch Magazine. She is currently writing a novel based in Oregon and infused with magic realism.

2015 Mill House Residency Winners

Winners:  Kate Axelrod, Julie Comins, Aja Gabel, Jamie Kravitz and Katie MacBride.

Finalists:  Courtney Carlson, Lainie Deschamps, Robert Hill and Homa Mojtabai

Kate Axelrod was born and raised in New York City. She has a B.A. in Creative Writing from Oberlin College and a Masters in Social Work from Columbia University. She lives in Brooklyn and works as an advocate in the criminal justice system. The Law of Loving Others, her debut novel, was published in January 2015. Kate is currently working on a collection of stories.

As a freelance writer, Julie Comins has contributed hundred of articles to a variety of publications in the Rocky Mountain region. She is a longtime contributing editor at Aspen Sojourner magazine and a former executive director of the literary nonprofit Aspen Words, a program of the Aspen Institute. Before becoming an arts administrator and writer, her professional credits included actress, waitress, theatre producer and restaurateur. Originally from Cape Cod, Massachusetts, Julie is working on a memoir about her father. She lives in Basalt, Colorado with her husband and son.

Aja Gabel’s prose has appeared in New England Review, Kenyon Review, Southeast Review, New Ohio Review, and elsewhere. She attended Wesleyan University and has an MFA from the University of Virginia and a PhD in fiction from the University of Houston. During her time at the Mill House Residency, she will be working on her second novel.

For most of her adult life Jamie Kravitz has worked for Aspen Words, a literary program of the Aspen Institute, midwifing writers’ dreams.  In addition to putting on annual writers conferences, organizing a writing residency in Woody Creek, CO, and hosting monthly author readings, Jamie is a Colorado Book Awards judge. She has been working on a novel in 20-minute early-morning increments since last November and will be spending her time in Bend revising and shaping that funky first draft.  Jamie’s writing has appeared in regional publications like The Aspen Times, as well as Mothering, SNOW, and Resorts & Great Hotels magazines.

Katie MacBride is a writer living in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her work has appeared in Addiction.com, Alternet.org, The Bold Italic, Drunk Monkeys, and Substance.com, among other publications. She has been working on a young adult novel for the past two years and is thrilled to have the opportunity to revise her completed draft at the Mill House Residency. She will be heading to Bend with her trusty companion, Sally, a Chihuahua-Terrier mix who will do everything in her power to encourage Katie to stop writing and take naps. You can read Katie’s work at http://www.katiemacbride.com; she occasionally tweets at @msmacb.