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2023 Summer Residencies

Applications open:
November 1, 2022
Applications close:
November 21, 2022
Applications Are Currently Closed
Cost:
$30

Selected Residents may stay for any length of time within the dates of their awarded residency.

2023 Summer Residencies

Next Book
May
This residency is intended to support published authors working on their next book. Applicants must have already published their debut or be under contract to publish their first book at the time of applying

First Book
June
This residency is intended for debut writers who have not yet published a full-length book. Applicants may be under contract but cannot be scheduled to publish their debuts until 2024. Chapbooks and self-published works do not count toward this requirement.

Parents Residency
July
This residency is intended to support writers with children 18 years of age or younger.

General Residency
August
These residencies are intended for any writer working on a full-length manuscript.

Eligibility

We accept applications in the following genres: Fiction (novel/short), Nonfiction, Poetry, and Graphic Narrative, as well as the translation of any of those genres.

Applicants may be under contract to publish the book they are applying with.

International writers may apply. 

Former Workshop Faculty, Residents, and Tin House Books authors may not apply. 

You must be 21 years of age or older by the start date of the residency you are applying for. 

 

Program

Tin House Residents will be housed in one of two 900 square ft. studio apartments (with separate entrances) situated between the Tin House Workshop and Tin House Books offices in Northwest Portland.  These apartments include a full kitchen, bathroom, and a small living room/office with WiFi. There are several coffee shops, restaurants, and grocery stores within walking distance of the apartment, as well as access to public transit. 

As our second-floor apartment is only accessible by stairs, we will prioritize our first-floor apartment to those with accessibility needs. If multiple residents require first-floor access, we will do our best to stagger Residency dates.

Please note that while partners and children are welcome to accompany Residents, the studio apartments only feature one queen bed. Cribs/Pack ‘n Play will be made available upon request.

Each Residency comes with a $1,200 stipend.

During their stay, Residents will have the opportunity to meet (virtually) with editors from Tin House Books, as well as participate (when possible) in a series of small salon-style gatherings with members of Portland’s literary community.

 

Applications

We ask for one unpublished writing sample. In addition to the writing sample, the application includes several questions about your project.

For SF/Novel/NF, 6,000 words or less. If you are submitting an excerpt, please include a synopsis.
For poetry, six poems, totaling no more than 20 pages.
For GN, 30 pages or less of combined graphics/text.
Translation: Please follow the requirements for the genre in the original language and submit both your translation and the original text.

No reference letters, please.

Applications are read by Tin House Workshop/Books staff and former Workshop attendees. Our admissions board makes selections based on the promise of the project proposal through the lens of our core values.

 

 

 

Fee Waivers

Tin House is offering a limited number of application fee waivers for our Winter Residencies. We will be distributing these waivers on a first-come, first-serve basis. As an applicant, you will also have the ability to Pay It Forward to help cover the cost of another writer’s application fee.

For inquiries, please email workshop@tinhouse.com with a subject line of “Residency Fee Waiver.” 

If you were previously granted a 2022 fee waiver, we will place you on a waitlist until all new requests have been processed.

All additional funds raised will be carried over to our next residency application period.

 

Calendar

2023 Residencies

2023 Winter Residencies
January, February, March
General, Debut 40, General
Applications Closed

2023 Summer Residencies
May, June, July, August
Next Book, First Book, Parents, General
Applications Open: November 2022

2023 Fall Residencies
September, October
First Residency, General
Applications Open: March 2023

 

Residency Descriptions 

Debut 40: This residency is intended for writers over forty years of age who have not yet published a full-length book. 

First Book: This residency is intended for debut writers who have not yet published a full-length book. Applicants may be under contract but cannot be scheduled to publish their debuts until 2024. Chapbooks and self-published works do not count toward this requirement.

First Residency: This residency is intended for debut writers who have not attended a juried residential program for any length of time (nor are scheduled to do so in 2023). Applicants may be under contract but cannot be scheduled to publish their debuts until 2024. Chapbooks and self-published works do not count toward this requirement.

General: This residency is intended for any writer working on a full-length manuscript.

Next Book: This residency is intended to support published authors working on their next book. Applicants must have already published their debut or be under contract to publish their first book at the time of applying.

Parents Residency: This residency is intended to support writers with children 18 years of age or younger.

 

 

 

 

2023 Residents

Manuel Aragon

Manuel Aragon is a Latinx writer, director, and filmmaker from Denver, CO. His work has appeared in ANMLY. His short story, "A Violent Noise," was nominated for the 2020 PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers. He is a 2021 Periplus Collective Fellow. He is currently working on a short story collection, NorteñasNorteñas is a collection of speculative fiction short stories centered in the Northside, a Mexican and Mexican- American centered part of Denver, and the people, ghosts, and demons that live there.

S. J. Ghaus

S. J. Ghaus is a Pakistani American writer, organizer, and community gardener. Bay Area-raised with a brief stint in Ohio, they are back in the Midwest as an MFA candidate at Indiana University, where they also served as Poetry Editor of the Indiana Review. They are a VONA/Voices of Our Nation Fellow, Tin House Workshop alum, and the recipient of the 2020 Vera Meyer Strube Academy of American Poets Award. Their work is published or forthcoming in poets.org, Poetry Daily, NPR, Hayden’s Ferry, and elsewhere. S.J. will be working on a lyric memoir exploring the confluence of land, myth, and queerness, that, alongside their family histories of migration and complicity in state violence, complicate their ability to belong in any of the places they call home. Part essay, part love letter to their mother, the memoir dives into the oceanic between-spaces of belonging across the United States and Pakistan, attempting to learn a decolonial language of home and recovering the vast love that exists in the dream of repair.

Lisa Lee

Lisa Lee’s work has appeared in PloughsharesVIDA, North American Review, Sycamore Review, Gulf Coast, The Tusculum ReviewReed MagazineNew World Writing, and elsewhere, and has been featured on Bitch Media’s feminism and pop culture podcast Popaganda on the episode “Writing About Race.” She has been named a NYC Emerging Writer Fellow at The Center for Fiction and her novel excerpt “Paradise Cove” was awarded a Pushcart Prize. Lisa has received fellowships and awards from Kundiman, Millay Colony, Hedgebrook, Tin House, Jentel Artist Residency, The Korea Foundation, and other organizations. Lisa completed a PhD in Creative Writing and Literature at the University of Southern California. www.hellolisalee.com Lisa will be working on AMERICAN HAN, a novel about Asian anger. It’s about how the past can stand as an obstacle to the way immigrants – and specifically Korean immigrants – relate to other Americans and how that dissonance can bloom in their children into a simmering rage. Rage at other Americans; rage at their parents and at themselves. My work explores issues of inherited trauma, class and gender expectations, Korean American masculinity, and police violence.

Grace Shuyi Liew

Born and raised in Malaysia, Grace Shuyi Liew is a lesbian writer and poet currently living in Brooklyn, New York. Her work has appeared in Kenyon Review, Electric Lit, Black Warrior Review, and elsewhere. Her awards include the MacDowell Fellowship, Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize (judged by Min Jin Lee), New York Center for Fiction Emerging Fellowship, Best of the Net, Squaw Valley Community of Writers Scholarship, Atlantic Center for the Arts Fellow, and more. She is the author of the poetry collection Careen (Noemi Press, 2019), which has been named Electric Literature’s “14 Unmissable Poetry Books of 2019. Grace will be working on a novel, "Most Beautiful Things", set in a fictional gambling resort in Malaysia, about an illegitimate casino heiress who must choose between retribution for the past and love in the present.

m. mick powell

m. mick powell (she/they) is a queer Black Cape Verdean femme poet, an artist, an Aries, and the author of the chapbook chronicle the body. Their poems have been nominated for the Best of the Net Anthology and a Pushcart Prize and have been published in Frontier Poetry, Up the Staircase Quarterly, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, and elsewhere. An Assistant Professor in Residence at the University of Connecticut in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, mick's work situates Black queer femme existence and experience as rupture, revolution, revelation, and revival. She enjoys chasing waterfalls and being in love. During their time at Tin House, mick will work on her first full-length project, dead girl cameodead girl cameo is an archival poetic project that focuses on the lives and experiences of superstars Aaliyah, Whitney Houston, Left Eye, and others to examine the intersections of celebrity, intimate partner and industry abuse, survivorhood, and death (including literal deaths as well as public and professional reincarnations that seek to bury the “original” girl). Using ekphrasis, erasure, digital collage, archival research, and imaginative/speculative nonfiction in verse, dead girl cameo illuminates the spaces where these women (and sometimes their girl-selves) live on.

Jada Renée Allen

Jada Renée Allen is a writer, educator, and conjure woman from Chicago, Illinois. A 2022 92Y Discovery Poetry Contest winner, she has received fellowships, scholarships, and support from Tin House, the Kenyon Review Writers Workshop, Community of Writers, and VONA, among others. Her work either appears or is forthcoming in the Academy of American Poets’ “Poem-a-Day,” Hayden’s Ferry Review, Paris Review Daily, Virginia Quarterly Review, Wildness, and elsewhere. She has received grants from the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture and the Arizona Commission on the Arts. Currently, she lives upon U.S.-occupied O’odham Jewed, Akimel O’odham, and Hohokam lands. Discussing topics of gender, sexuality, childhood, home & the spirit, Moyo (from the Kikongo meaning ‘womb’) is a curative cry against the backdrop of transmisogynoir. Moyo seeks to reframe cycles of birth, death, & rebirth from a Black trans lens (which is to say an ancestral one).

2022 Residents

Andy Tan Tuck Ming

Andy Tan Tuck Ming is a writer and an MFA graduate at the University of Iowa. Born in Singapore and raised in New Zealand, his current work is interested in the shifting structure of the family, especially in the context of migration, displacement, and welfare. His work has been published or forthcoming in the Kenyon Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Speculative Nonfiction, The Rumpus, and other publications. Project Description: Hometown is a collection of personal and documentary essays that re-imagines the notion of a hometown as a contingency rather than an origin, looking at not just where we are from but where and how we are made to arrive. The essays explore the displacement and discontinuity imposed by migration, diaspora, family, nation, and uncommon resources––migraines, technological glitches, mistaken identity––we may use to return somewhere else. Residency: 2022 First Residency

Chelsea Bieker

Chelsea Bieker is the author of the novel GODSHOT which was a finalist for both the Oregon and California Book Award, longlisted for The Center For Fiction’s First Novel Prize, and named a Barnes and Noble Pick of the Month. Her story collection, HEARTBROKE, will be published in April 2022. Her writing has appeared in The Paris Review, Granta, The Cut, McSweeney’s, Lit Hub, Electric Literature, and others. She is the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Writers’ Award and a MacDowell Colony fellowship. Originally from California’s Central Valley, she lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and two children where she is at work on her third book, a novel about motherhood and madness. Project Description: During my residency, I will continue work on my novel in progress, MADWOMAN, which follows Clove, the mother of two young children, as her world is rocked by post-weaning anxiety after she stops breastfeeding her toddler son. When her mother writes her a letter from prison with a request—to retell their story of Clove’s violent childhood in Hawaii, and free her at last for her father’s murder, Clove is forced to decide if she will reveal a truth that will upend the safe life she has worked so hard to create. Darkly funny and propulsive, Madwoman interrogates the failings of women’s healthcare in the U.S., motherhood and identity, and the long lasting effects of domestic violence. Taking us from Clove's charged and unpredictable childhood in Waikiki to the hip wellness-obsessed culture of Portland, Oregon, Clove does whatever she can to survive. Residency: 2022 Parents  

Christopher R. Alonso

Christopher R. Alonso was born and raised in Miami, FL. He has worked as an indie bookseller and is a graduate of the NEOMFA program. His work has appeared in O, Miami, Strange Horizons, Fireside Fiction, and The Miami Rail. His writing has received support from Juniper Summer Writing Institute, the Miami Writers Institute, and Tin House's summer workshop. He is currently a high school teacher and at work on a novel. Project description: My novel, currently titled Miami, Atlantis, draws on fantastical elements to tell the story of two queer Cuban-American best friends living in a rapidly changing Miami amidst sea level rise while exploring themes of platonic and romantic love, the optics of desirability, and confronting ghosts of one's past. Residency: 2022 First Book

Elisa Wouk Almino

Elisa Wouk Almino is a Brazilian writer and translator based in Los Angeles. She is a senior editor at Hyperallergic and teaches translation and art writing at UCLA Extension and Catapult, where she is also a contributing editor. You can find her essays and translations in the Paris Review Daily, LA Times, NYR Daily, Literary Hub, Words Without Borders, among others. She is the translator of THIS HOUSE by poet Ana Martins Marques (Scrambler Books). Project Description: Elisa is working on a book of translations, tentatively called EVERYTHING IS A LETTER, featuring the works of Brazilian poet Ana Cristina Cesar, known as Ana C. Credited with sparking the feminist poetry movement in Brazil, Ana C. wrote  audacious poetry that mimicked diary entries and letters. Elisa is translating a selection of these poems, as well as actual letters that Ana C. wrote to Elisa’s mother, who was the poet's friend. The letters were a direct inspiration for Ana C.'s prose poetry book “Kid Gloves,” which lies at the heart of EVERYTHING IS A LETTER. Residency: 2o22 General

Felicia Zamora

Felicia Zamora is a poet, educator, and editor currently living in Ohio. She is the author of six books of poetry including Quotient (Tinderbox Editions, April 2022) I Always Carry My Bones, winner of the 2020 Iowa Poetry Prize released from the University of Iowa Press in April 2021, Body of Render, winner of the 2018 Benjamin Saltman Award from Red Hen Press (2020), Instrument of Gaps (Slope Editions, 2018), & in Open, Marvel (Parlor Press, 2018), and Of Form & Gather, winner of the 2016 Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize (University of Notre Dame Press). She's received fellowships and residencies from CantoMundo, Ragdale Foundation, PLAYA, Moth Magazine, and Noepe Center at Martha’s Vineyard, authored two chapbooks, won the 2020 C.P. Cavafy Prize, the 2019 Wabash Prize for Poetry and the 2015 Tomaž Šalamun Prize, and was the 2017 Poet Laureate of Fort Collins, CO. Her poems and essays are found or forthcoming in AGNI, Alaska Quarterly Review, Academy of American Poets Poem-A-Day, American Poetry Review, Boston Review online, Georgia Review, Guernica, Literary Hub, Missouri Review Poem-of-the-Week, Orion, Poetry Magazine, Poetry Daily, Poetry International, Prairie Schooner, The Nation, and others. She is an assistant professor of poetry at the University of Cincinnati and is the associate poetry editor for the Colorado Review. Project Description:  Zamora plans to continue work on a new poetry manuscript that builds from archival research at the University of Texas Austin in the Benson Latin American Collection—Anzaldúa Collection— as well as going through transcripts of the new conversation series: Poetry as Radicalization & Liberation for BIPOC & Marginalized People that she created and hosted in Summer 2021 and Spring 2022. The poems meditate on borders (linguistic, physical, familial, society, liminal, and psychological), racial trauma, growing up Mexican in poverty in the US, childhood violence, estrangement to inherited culture and language, the political as private, and the instinct to retreat to the body as a space of understanding. Poems dialogue with activists, scholars, and poets, throughout history to express the entanglement of social and environmental justice. These poems constellate in radical imagination— to see art as activism, to disinter public and private memory, and create a futurity for BIPOC and marginalized people. Residency: 2022 Next Book

Gina Balibrera

Gina Balibrera earned an MFA in Prose from the University of Michigan’s Helen Zell Writers' Program, where she was also a postgraduate fellow. She’s been awarded grants from the Gould Center, the Rackham Institute, a Tyson Award, the Aura Estrada Prize, the Under the Volcano Sandra Cisneros Fellowship, and the Periplus Collective. She’s at work on a novel set in 1930s El Salvador. Not sure if you do photo credits, but the photographer is named Aysegül Savas.  Project description: At Tin House Gina will be working on her novel The Volcano Daughters, which is forthcoming from Pantheon in 2023, as well as writing some new short fiction and essays. [Elevator pitch/book deal announcement for that novel:] The Volcano Daughters is the story of two sisters raised under the thumb of El Salvador's brutal dictator El Gran Pendejo, and their flight from genocide, taking them from Hollywood to Paris to San Francisco, each watched over by a chorus of furies, the ghosts of their childhood friends who were killed in La Matanza but are not done telling their own stories. Residency: 2022 Parents

Jay Gao

Jay Gao is a Chinese Scottish poet, writer, and MFA student at Brown University. He is the author of three poetry chapbooks, Wedding Beasts (2019), Katabasis (2020), and TRAVESTY58 (forthcoming). His writing has appeared in Granta, The Guardian, The Poetry Review and 3:AM Magazine. He is a Contributing Editor for The White Review, and a mentor for the Ledbury Emerging Poetry Critics programme. Currently, he resides in Providence, Rhode Island. Project Description: Double Vision is a collection of interlinked short stories exploring narratives of the global Chinese diaspora, set in Europe and Asia. The book, a hybrid collage of prose and poetry, Greek myth and Taoist cosmology, excavates histories of colonial violence, globalisation, and the role of art in our world. Residency: 2022 Winter

Jean Chen Ho

Jean Chen Ho is the author of Fiona and Jane (Viking 2022). Her writing appears in New York Times Magazine, The Cut, Electric Literature, Los Angeles Times, Georgia Review, and elsewhere. Jean is a doctoral candidate in Literature and Creative Writing at USC. She lives in Los Angeles. Project Description: At the Tin House residency, Jean will be working on her second book, a speculative novel set in the 19th century about the first Chinese Americans to settle in Southern California. Residency: 2022 General  

Kay Ulanday Barrett

Kay Ulanday Barrett is a poet, essayist, cultural strategist, and A+ napper. They are the winner of the 2022 Foundation for Contemporary Arts Cy Twombly Award for Poetry and a recipient of a 2020 James Baldwin Fellowship Award at MacDowell. Their second book, More Than Organs (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2020) received a 2021 Stonewall Honor Book Award by the American Library Association and is a 2021 Lambda Literary Award Finalist. They have received fellowships from VONA Voices, Monson Arts, Macondo, and The Lambda Literary Review. They have featured at The United Nations, The Lincoln Center, The Hemispheric Institute, Symphony Space, Brooklyn Museum, Dodge Poetry, The Poetry Foundation, The School of the Arts Institute, Manchester PRIDE, Sesame Street, & more. Their contributions are found in The New York Times, Academy of American Poets, Poetry Magazine, Colorlines, Asian American Literary Review, The Advocate, Al Jazeera, NYLON, Vogue, The Rumpus, The Lily, VIDA Review, and elsewhere. Currently, they serve as a co-curator at The Asian American Writer's Workshop. Project Description: Kay will continue to work on their new poetry collection, Root Systems and also editing a collection of essays, Eat Good for Me. Through an array of forms, Root systems examines ancestral connection and disabled life as a trans brown person. Eat Good For Me explores a trans Filipinx in grief and growing up not to mention the recipes that keep them alive. Residency: 2022 General

Lars Horn

Lars Horn is a writer and translator working in literary and experimental non-fiction. Their first book, VOICE OF THE FISH, won the 2020 Graywolf Nonfiction Prize. The recipient of a Sewanee Writers’ Conference scholarship, Horn’s writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Granta, the Virginia Quarterly Review, the Kenyon Review, and elsewhere. Initially specialising in Phenomenology and Visual Arts scholarship, they hold MAs from the University of Edinburgh, the École normale supérieure, Paris, and Concordia University, Montreal. They live in Miami with their wife, the writer Jaquira Díaz. Project Description: They will be working on their second book, an essay collection that reimagines myth, theology, and origin stories. Residency: 2022 Without Borders  

Melissa Beneche

Melissa Beneche is a Haitian-American writer. She holds a BA in Creative Writing from Florida State University and an MFA in Fiction from Syracuse University. She was a runner up for the 2022 Cecelia Joyce Johnson Emerging Writer Award by the Key West Literary Seminar and has received residencies for her writing from the Atlantic Center for the Arts and the Ucross Foundation. Her work appears or is forthcoming in Bennington Review, Hayden's Ferry Review, and SmokeLong Quarterly. She lives, writes, and teaches stories in South Florida. Project Description: Her short story collection, *The Great Conjunction*, set in Florida and Haiti, mostly centers Haitian, Haitian American, and African American girls and women haunted by the phantom of a missing person, as they explore religion, sisterhood, communal grief, the intersections of faith and the diaspora, and more. Residency: 2022 First Book

Nicole Shawan Junior

Nicole Shawan Junior (she/they) is a counter-storyteller bred in the bass-heavy beat and scratch of Brooklyn, where the cool of inner-city life barely survived crack cocaine’s burn. Their work appears in The Rumpus, ZORAGay MagThe Feminist WireSLICEKweli Journal, and elsewhere. They've received residencies and fellowships from Hedgebrook, PERIPLUS, New York Foundation for the Arts, Lambda Literary, RADAR Productions and the San Francisco Public Library’s James C. Hormel LGBTQIA Center, and more. Their work has been supported by Tin House Summer Workshop, Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, Hurston/Wright, V.O.N.A., Jerome Hill Artist Fellowship, Brooklyn Arts Council, Carnegie Hall, and others. Nicole is the founder of Roots. Wounds. Words. (a literary arts revolution for BIPOC storytellers), editor in chief of Black Femme Collective, has guest-edited for The Rumpus, and has served on the editorial teams at Women’s Studies Quarterly of The Feminist Press, Sundress Publications, SLICE Magazine, and Raising Mothers: A Literary Magazine. Learn more about Nicole at www.NicoleShawanJunior.com and Roots. Wounds. Words. at www.RootsWoundsWords.org. Project Description: Cracked Concrete: A Memoir of Crackheads, Cousins & Crime is a braided memoir chronicling Nicole's journey traversing the criminal justice system from the vantage point of a child of both a crack addict and the crack epidemic to the positioning of a woman who prosecuted police and, ultimately, became a Felon. Residency: 2022 Debut 40

Olivia Stephens

Olivia Stephens is a graphic novelist, illustrator, and writer from the Pacific Northwest. Her work focuses on the supernatural mingling with the mundane and love in all of its many forms. She earned her BFA in Illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2017. Olivia has created work for a number of sites and publications, including The New York Times, The Guardian, and FIYAH Magazine of Black Speculative Fiction. Her debut graphic novel, Artie and the Wolf Moon, comes out from Lerner Books In September 2021. Project Description: During my residency, Olivia plans to work on Darlin’, a supernatural graphic novel about the journey of two werewolf outlaws, Edgar and Marta, across the Old West. The story follows the unconventional pair as they forge an alliance to survive those who want them dead as humans, as well as those who want them dead as wolves. But despite their circumstances, there is tenderness to be found in the midst of bloodshed and peace to be found in a life spent on the fringes.

S. Erin Batiste

S. Erin Batiste is an interdisciplinary poet, storyteller, and author of the chapbook Glory to All Fleeting Things. She is a 2021 Jerome Emerging Artist at the Anderson Center at Tower View, and this year she is also a Writer in Residence at The Studios at MASS MoCA, Prairie Ronde at the Mill at Vicksburg, and The Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, and she is the recipient of fellowships from PERIPLUS, Jack Straw Writers, and the dots between. Her other recent honors include fellowships and generous support from Cave Canem, Bread Loaf Writers' Conference-Rona Jaffe Foundation, Money for Women / Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, Crosstown Arts, and Callaloo. Batiste is a reader for The Rumpus and her own Pushcart, Best New Poets, and Best of the Net nominated poems are anthologized and appear internationally in You Don't Have to be Everything: Poems for Girls Becoming Themselves, Michigan Quarterly Review, Puerto del Sol, and wildness among other decorated journals. Project Description: During the residency, Batiste will continue work on her poetry collection, Hoard, which interrogates the devastating domestic failure and aftermath of the 1980’s-1990’s era of malls and suburbs, Black middle-class family, and the new Americana. This collection confronts the American Dream, late capitalism and consumption, and deeply examines what we all inherit, choose to keep and to give away. Residency: 2022 Debut 40

Samar Al Summary

Samar Al Summary is a writer and visual artist born in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. She is an alumna of Tin House as well as the Ashkal Alwan Educational Residency in Beirut, Lebanon. Her work has been exhibited and screened internationally. Her writing has been published by Well Gedacht. Her photography has been published in Aperture. She is currently an artist-in-residence at Bemis Center for Contemporary Art in Omaha, NE. Project Description: She is working on an autofictive bildungsroman about a Saudi-American that has a psychotic break as she tries and fails to find work in the post-recession U.S. as a shy Saudi girl who was raised to not look men in the eye or laugh in public. It takes years to understand that what allowed her to survive in Saudi will kill her in America. Residency: 2022 General

Sara Daniele Rivera

Sara Daniele Rivera is a Cuban/Peruvian artist, writer, translator, and educator from Albuquerque, New Mexico. Her poetry and fiction have appeared in The Loft Anthology, The Green Mountains Review, Storyscape Journal, The Portal Prize Anthology, SeedBroadcast, The Breakbeat Poets Vol. 4: LatiNext, Speculative Fiction for Dreamers: a Latinx Anthology, and elsewhere. She was the recipient of a 2017 St. Botolph Club Emerging Artist Award and the winner of the 2018 Stephen Dunn Prize in Poetry from Solstice Magazine. Project Description: Blindsand is a science fantasy novel set in Ris-Klyda, a desert society poised on the edge of ecological collapse. The protagonist Danéli, a sand-diver, and her community must navigate magic systems, hidden histories of exploitation and genocide, and the depths of monstrous sandpits as they journey towards their world's transformation. Residency: 2022 Speculative

Sarah Aziza

Sarah Aziza is a Palestinian American writer and translator who splits her time between New York City and the Middle East. A former Fulbright Fellow and current fellow at the Sachs Program for Arts Innovation, she's the recipient of three overseas Foreign Language Fellowships for advanced Arabic study and translation from the Department of Education and numerous Pulitzer Center grants for Middle East reportage. Her journalism, essays, poetry, and experimental nonfiction have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's, The New York Times, Lux Magazine, The Baffler, NPR, The Washington Post, The Rumpus, The Nation, and others. Project Description: Tentatively titled The Hollow Half is grounded in vivid, first-person story, the work combines memoir, oral history, archival research and speculative non-fiction to reclaim lost histories and imagine possible futures. From her grandparents' childhood under British rule in Palestine to Aziza’s own life split between the Midwest and the Middle East, The Hollow Half explores the way the American Dream and the War on Terror entwine with long-standing legacies of colonialism and misogyny. Aziza examines the effects of these vast forces on individual bodies through the narrative weaving of her grandmother’s journey as a war refugee with her own experiences of diaspora, trauma and recovery. Blending languages, forms, and genres, The Hollow Half complicates dominant narratives of belonging even as it searches for new language of healing and home. Residency: 2022 General

Urvi Kumbhat

Urvi Kumbhat graduated from the Helen Zell Writers’ Program at the University of Michigan. Her work appears in The Margins, Protean Magazine, Lit Hub and other publications. She grew up in Calcutta. Project Description: At the Tin House Residency, Urvi will work on a short story collection, tentatively titled "The Black Hole of Calcutta." In this collection, a variety of South Asian characters grapple with vexed womanhood and queerness, the cruelties of capitalism and empire, and the tide of Hindu nationalism. United by the humid, historic city of Calcutta, these stories feature a petty government official, a baby who wants to be a bird, a failing actress, a security officer at the US Embassy, a sex worked haunted by her grief and Facebook friend requests, and young women across class positions navigating the strangeness of their bodies and desires in contemporary India. Residency: 2022 First Residency

William Keohane

William Keohane is a writer from Limerick, Ireland. In 2021, he was shortlisted for the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award, received a Literature Bursary Award from the Arts Council of Ireland, and was one of ten poets selected for the Poetry Ireland Introductions series. William holds an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Limerick. Project Description: slowly, slowly is a book about the nature of transition, often viewed as a linear movement from one state of being, one gender, to another. In this collection of essays, William shows that it is a process, involving versions of self co-existing, ideally, but not always, in concordance with one another. The body of the past lives on in memory, while the present body fluctuates, depending on how it is perceived by others. This is akin to water, which moves, changes, is stagnant, flowing. Water exists in different states, as solid, liquid, gas, but fundamentally, is unchanged. It remains the same element and, for this reason, water flows through every page. Residency: 2022 Without Borders

Wendy C. Ortiz

Wendy C. Ortiz is the author of three books: Excavation: A Memoir, Hollywood Notebook, and the dreamoir Bruja. Project Description:Part autoethnography, part memoir, with lyrical interludes called “diastoles”—the pauses between beats when the heart chamber fills with blood—Subversive Heart is an exploration of the experiences that have shaped Ortiz politically, as well as a meditation on anger and its relationship to unmetabolized grief. Coinciding with this deeper look at the formation of her political consciousness, Ortiz was diagnosed with a heart condition called atrial fibrillation. As she attempted to “fix” this condition in various ways, Ortiz began wondering how anger might play a role in her heart’s manic thudding. Subversive Heart interrogates the heart as it’s conceptualized both literally and metaphorically in popular culture, and how the heart relates to anger and grief. Subversive Heart explores how political consciousness can be shaped from anger and grief and seeks to artfully render various moments of politicization that either helped metabolize the ensuing rage in one woman’s life as well as when the rage and grief recklessly ate up the channels. Residency: 2022 Next Book    

Former Residents

Abbey Mei Otis

Abbey Mei Otis is a writer, a teaching artist, a mongrel trash robot, an anarchist, a storyteller and a firestarter, raised in the woods of North Carolina. She loves people and art forms on the margins. Her story collection, Alien Virus Love Disaster (Small Beer 2018) was a finalist for the Philip K Dick Award. She has received fellowships from the Michener Center for Writers, the MacDowell Colony, and the Vermont Studio Center. She has survived in many American cities, and right now is experimenting with the idea of home in Minneapolis, MN. She is at work on a novel of climate catastrophe and post-mass-incarceration, This Is Not a Wasteland.

A.L. Major

Born and raised in The Bahamas, A.L. Major earned their MFA in fiction from the University of Michigan, where they were also awarded the Hopwood Novel Award. They have received residencies and fellowships from Aspen Words and Tin House. Their work has appeared in Vice Magazine and Subtropics. A.L. is currently working on their debut novel, Every Day You Wake You Raise the Dead. Every Day You Wake You Raise The Dead, a literary speculative novel, follows the lives of three Black friends who are considering whether to undergo a treatment that erases bad memories after their best friend is murdered outside of a Boston queer bar.

Ashia Ajani

Ashia Ajani (she/they) is a Black storyteller originally from Denver, CO, the unseeded territory of the Cheyenne, Ute and Arapaho peoples. Her work explores the layered relationship between the Black diaspora and both Southern and Western environmental stewardship. They have been published in The Journal, Sage Magazine, Sierra Magazine, The Hopper Magazine, and Foglifter Press, among others. She is a 2019 PEN America Writing for Justice Finalist. They released their first chapbook, We Bleed Like Mango, October 2017.

Athena Dixon

Athena Dixon is a poet and essayist born and raised in NE Ohio. She earned her M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Queens University of Charlotte as well as Bachelor’s degrees from Kent State University and Youngstown State University. She is the author of the chapbook No God in This Room (Argus House Press, 2018) and a debut collection of personal essays titled The Incredible Shrinking Woman (Split/Lip Press, 2020). Her poetry also appears in The Breakbeat Poets Vol. 2: Black Girl Magic (Haymarket Books, 2018). Additionally, her work has appeared in or is forthcoming from Gay Magazine, Grub Street, Narratively, Shenandoah, and So to Speak Journal among others. She is an alumni of V.O.N.A, Callaloo, and Tin House as well as a recipient of a fellowship from the Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing. She has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Athena co-hosts the New Books in Poetry podcast via the New Books Network and was the founder of Linden Avenue Literary Journal. She resides in Philadelphia Project Description: While in residency, Athena will continue work on a new collection tentatively titled Sonder. These essays explore disconnect in a hyper-connected world. They ponder how even under the illusion of community, an undercurrent of loneliness ripples beneath the surface of nearly everything we do.

Brian Trapp

Brian Trapp is a fiction and creative nonfiction writer from Cleveland, Ohio. He has published work in the Kenyon Review, Longreads, Gettysburg Review, Narrative, Brevity, and Ninth Letter, among other places. He has received support from the Oregon Arts Fellowship, VCCA, the Sewanee Writers' Conference, and the Elizabeth George Foundation. He earned a PhD in Comparative Literature and Disability Studies from the University of Cincinnati, where he was an associate editor of the Cincinnati Review. He now teaches at the University of Oregon, where he directs the Kidd Creative Writing Workshops. He will be at work on a memoir titled Twelve Words, about growing up with his twin brother, Danny, who had cerebral palsy and intellectual disabilities and was also very funny.

Carlina Duan

Carlina Duan is a writer-educator based in Michigan. She is the author of I WORE MY BLACKEST HAIR (Little A, 2017), and is currently at work on her second manuscript of poems. Carlina has received residencies and awards from Tin House, the Academy of American Poets, the Fulbright Program, Sundress Academy for the Arts, Narrative Magazine, the Hopwood Program, Signal Fire Arts, & more. She received her M.F.A. in Poetry from Vanderbilt University, where she served as the Co-Editor-in-Chief of Nashville Review. Her poems can be found or are forthcoming in Gulf Coast, Black Warrior Review, Pleiades, The Margins, & elsewhere. Carlina is currently a Ph.D. student in the Joint Ph.D. Program in English & Education at the University of Michigan. Her research interests include creative writing pedagogies and linguistic activism in storytelling. Carlina directs a Short Story Workshop for Michigan teens at the Neutral Zone in Ann Arbor.

Dominica Phetteplace

Dominica Phetteplace writes fiction and poetry. Her work has appeared in Zyzzyva, Asimov’s, Analog, F&SF, Clarkesworld, Lightspeed, Copper Nickel, Ecotone, Wigleaf, The Year’s Best Science Fiction, and Fantasy and Best Microfiction 2019. Her honors include a Pushcart Prize, a Rona Jaffe Award, a Barbara Deming Award, and fellowships from I-Park, Marble House Project, and the MacDowell Colony. She is a graduate of UC Berkeley and the Clarion West Writers Workshop. "While in residence, I hope to complete work on my novel Robot Country. It’s a dystopian science fiction novel which imagines robots as the agents of the next wave of American colonization and forced resettlement."

Faylita Hicks

Faylita Hicks is the author of HoodWitch (Acre Books, 2019), a finalist for the 2020 Lambda Literary Award for Bisexual Poetry, the 2019 Balcones Poetry Prize, and the 2019 Julie Suk Award. The former Editor-in-Chief of Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, they currently serve as the 2021 Poet-in-Residence for Civil Rights Corps and are the fall 2021 Shearing Fellow for Black Mountain Institute. In June 2021, they became a voting member of the Recording Academy/Grammys as a spoken word artist.

Hicks is the recipient of fellowships and residencies from Broadway Advocacy Coalition, The Dots Between, Jack Jones Literary Arts, Lambda Literary, Tin House, and the Right of Return USA. They were a finalist for the 2021 Howard Foundation Fellowship, the 2021 Texas Poet Laureate, the 2021 and 2018 PEN America Writing for Justice Fellowship, and the 2019 Creative Capital Award.

Their work has been featured in or is forthcoming in Adroit, American Poetry Review, the Cincinnati Review, Ecotone, Kenyon Review, Longreads, Poetry Magazine, The Rumpus, Slate, Texas Observer, Yale Review, amongst others. Their poetry is anthologized in The Long Devotion: Poets Writing Motherhood, What Tells You Ripeness: Black Writing on Nature, and When There Are Nine.

Their personal account of their time in pretrial incarceration in Hays County is featured in the ITVS Independent Lens 2019 documentary, “45 Days in a Texas Jail,” and the Brave New Films 2021 documentary narrated by Mahershala Ali, “Racially Charged: America’s Misdemeanor Problem.”

Hicks received a BA in English from Texas State University-San Marcos and an MFA in Creative Writing from Sierra Nevada University.

JARI BRADLEY

JARI BRADLEY is a black genderqueer poet and scholar from San Francisco, California. Jari has received fellowships from Callaloo, Cave Canem, and Tin House. Their work has been nominated for Best of the Net by The Offing, and was listed as a finalist for Columbia Journal’s Fall 2019 Contest in Poetry. Jari’s work has also been published or is forthcoming in The Adroit Journal, Academy of American Poets, MARY: A Journal of New Writing, Callaloo, Hot Metal Bridge, Nomadic Ground Press, The Virginia Quarterly Review, BOAAT Journal, Drunk In A Midnight Choir, The Offing, Columbia Journal, and Punctum Books’ Anti-Racism, Inc: Why the Way We Talk About Racial Justice Matters. Jari is an MFA candidate at the University of Pittsburgh.

JB Brager

JB Brager is a cartoonist and teacher living on Lenape land in Brooklyn, NY. They have published comics most recently at The Nib, Jewish Currents, and World War 3 Illustrated, and are currently the first year course director at Rutgers University Douglass Residential College. Their first book-length project, Heavyweight, is forthcoming from William Morrow in 2023. Project Description: Heavyweight is a graphic memoir that explores the ways we transform family stories into personal mythology and collective memory. The book moves through JB’s childhood obsession with Holocaust history and adult obsession with German colonialism, the content of their great grandmother’s testimonies, the family archive, and the mystery of their great grandfather Erich Levi, the German heavyweight boxing champion, and his hold on JB, as they come to an understanding of themself as a white, trans Jewish person in the present historical and political moment.

Kalela Williams

Kalela Williams is the Director of Writing of Mighty Writers, a Philadelphia organization that teaches kids to write with clarity, and the founder of Black History Maven, a gathering community that honors all diverse pasts and affirms Black culture and pride. An MFA graduate of Goddard College, her writing has appeared in literary magazines, been featured on a BBC 4 Radio program, and commissioned by historical and artistic organizations. Project Description: Kalela is working on a YA novel, The Rosebine Papers, which tells the story of a teenager navigating her identity as the descendent of an enslaved ancestor who built the very house she lives in; the histories this former plantation "big house" holds; her place in a Southern town with a turbulent, racist past; and an ever-widening rift between her and her mother.

Kali Fajardo-Anstine

Kali Fajardo-Anstine is a National Book Award Finalist and the author of Sabrina & Corina, a finalist for the PEN/Bingham Prize and The Story Prize, and longlisted for the Aspen Words Literary Prize. Fajardo-Anstine is the 2019 recipient of the Denver Mayor’s Award for Global Impact in the Arts. Her fiction and essays has appeared in GAY Magazine, The American Scholar, Boston Review, Bellevue Literary Review, The Idaho Review, Southwestern American Literature, and elsewhere. Kali has been awarded fellowships from Yaddo, MacDowell Colony, and Hedgebrook. She has an MFA from the University of Wyoming and is from Denver, Colorado.

Keeonna Harris

Keeonna Harris is a writer, storyteller, mother of five, and prison abolitionist. She is a Ph.D. Candidate at Arizona State University finishing her dissertation “Everybody Survived but Nobody Survived: Black Feminism, Motherhood, and Mass Incarceration.” Her forthcoming memoir, Mainline Mama draws from her experiences as a Black woman, teen mother, and twenty years of raising children with an incarcerated partner and building community in the borderlands of the prison. An excerpt of her memoir was recently published on Salon.com.  

Kirin M. Khan

Kirin M. Khan is a Pukhtuna from Albuquerque, New Mexico, who writes about trauma, the body, sports, violence, immigrants, and queerness among other stuff. She learned to write via VONA/Voices, Las Dos Brujas, Kearny Street Workshop and the Tin House Writers Workshop. She was a PEN Emerging Voices Fellow, SF Writers Grotto Fellow, an AWP Writer to Writer Mentee, and a Steinbeck Fellow, and she received a 2019 residency fellowship from the Vermont Studio Center. Her essay “Tight” was nominated for a 2018 Pushcart Prize. Check out her work at kirinkhan.com.

Laura Da’

Laura Da’ is a poet and teacher. A lifetime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Da’ studied creative writing at the University of Washington and The Institute of American Indian Arts. Da’ is Eastern Shawnee. She is the author of Tributaries, winner of the American Book Award, and Instruments of the True Measure, winner of the Washington State Book Award. Da’ lives near Renton with her husband and son. "I am working on a manuscript about the severalty of hometowns. The territory of language is a foundational curiosity of my literary project. I imagine particular words in this coming collection as pivots or turning gates. Shawnee nouns are icebergs with strata of meaning and purpose. English words that have rich, but often limited connotation under the context of the dominant settler-colonial perspective require new lenses. Narratives have fossilized certain words into protective foundations around American mythology. I hope to confound words like frontier, nationhood, hometown, and civilization and pull down that foundation to create new etymologies."

Lilly U. Nguyen

Lilly U. Nguyen is a writer based in San Diego, California. She earned her B.A. from UC Berkeley and her Ph.D. from UCLA, where she specialized in feminist science and technology studies. She is a former recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship and is currently preparing a memoir in essays about daughterhood and motherhood in the aftermath of war. During the residency period, she will be working on her book project, tentatively titled This Wound I Give You Is a Gift. The book draws from her experiences as the American-born daughter of Vietnamese boat people and explores themes of inheritance,  obligation, and the refugee self.

Rochelle Marrett

Rochelle Marrett is a Jamaican fiction writer whose work seeks, at once, to be both an ode to her country and a critical examination of certain socio-political sentiments. Her writing also strives to articulate the everyday complexities of Black immigrant life in a manner that is a compelling and unsettling disruption of long-held assumptions. Rochelle is a MacDowell Fellow, a 2021 Pen America Emerging Voices Fellow, and a 2019 Room Project Fellow. Her work has been longlisted for the 2021 Disquiet Fiction Prize and has received support from The Kenyon Review Writer’s Workshop, among others. Rochelle also holds a BA in English from The College of Wooster where she graduated with honors and currently resides in Metro Detroit with her husband and daughter. Project Description: During the course of this residency, Rochelle will be working on her cross-cultural debut novel which examines the elasticity of friendship in the coarse context of cultural dogma.

Stacy Austin Egan

Stacy Austin Egan was born and raised in Austin, TX. Her short book of fiction, You Could Stop It Here, was published by PANK books and was an honorable mention for the 2019 Eric Hoffer Book Awards, and her stories have appeared in The Hunger, The New Plains Review, december magazine and others. She holds an M.F.A from McNeese State University and a B.A. from New York University. She lives in west Texas with her husband, Brendan, where she teaches reading, writing, and literature at Midland College. Together, they have two children, two cats, and a whole lot of chaos. Project Description: During the residency, Stacy will be at work on the second book in a speculative fiction trilogy set in an alternate version of the U.S. where citizens are under constant surveillance, the wealthiest use a company to design their children, and the privilege of the few is dependent on an overworked majority class. When the protagonist and her friends learn the neurological enhancement they were designed to possess has a dangerous side effect, they must struggle to assert their humanity within an institution that treats them as volatile patients and a society that sees them as a threat.

TANAÏS

TANAÏS (also known as Tanwi Nandini Islam) is is the author of Bright Lines, a finalist for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize and Edmund White Debut Fiction Award. They are the founder of an independent beauty & fragrance house, Hi Wildflower. Currently, they are working on their second book.

Tawanda Mulalu

Tawanda Mulalu was born in Gaborone, Botswana. He is a poetry editor for Peripheries and an inaugural member of the Brooklyn Poets Mentorship Program. At Harvard College, he served as a Ledecky Fellow for Harvard Magazine as well as the first Diversity and Inclusion Chair of The Harvard Advocate. He has attended or received scholarships from the Community of Writers, the New York State Summer Writers Institute, and the Summer Program at the Iowa Writers' Workshop. His poems are published or forthcoming in Lana Turner, The Denver Quarterly, The Massachusetts Review, Palette Poetry, and elsewhere. He mains Ken in Street Fighter. "I intend to finish my first full-length poetry manuscript, provisionally titled Please make me pretty, I don’t want to die. The poems within it seem (to me) to be about the failure of intimacy and frequently ask what it means to be (or not be) seen by others and by oneself. They are written from, for and against: America, blackness, Sylvia Plath, prettiness, song, poetry, and mind."

Tessa Fontaine

Tessa Fontaine is the author of The Electric Woman: A Memoir in Death-Defying Acts, a New York Times Editors' Choice, finalist for the Utah Book Award, and best book of 2018 from Southern Living, Amazon Editors, Refinery29PopMatters, and the New York Post. Tessa spent the 2013 season performing with the last American traveling circus sideshow, the World of Wonders. Other writing can be found in Outside, Creative Nonfiction, Glamour, The Believer and The New York Times Book Review. Raised outside San Francisco, Tessa has taught in prisons and jails, led educational programs for New York Times Student Journeys, designed Experiences and Trips for Atlas Obscura, founded Salt Lake City’s Writers in the Schools program, and taught creative writing in colleges and universities around the country. These days, Tessa lives in Asheville, North Carolina. Project Description: I'm writing about violence, mostly violence against women, and the price of collective safety. The novel takes place in a small community in Northern California, where a group of people believe that in their valley, women can’t be hurt. They are immune from violence. The story follows a young woman whose mother disappears, and what she uncovers as she searches for the truth.

Tiffany Melanson 

Tiffany Melanson is a poet and arts educator with an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars. She is the author of the audio chapbook What Happens (EAT Poems), and her work is has appeared in POETRY MagazineBridge Eight, Coda Quarterly and Compose Journal. She was previously named a Bennington Writing Seminars Alumni Teaching Fellow and a Peter Taylor Fellow at the Kenyon Writers Workshop. In addition to her own poetic pursuits, Melanson teaches poetry workshops and oral interpretation at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts where she is also the faculty sponsor of Élan, an international student literary magazine, and co-director of the Douglas Anderson Writers’ Festival. "I am working on a poetry project exploring the role of mass incarceration on familial bonds. Much of what I explore in my poetry references the desperate attempt to escape the legacy of past mistakes to create the possibility for renewed connection. Thematically I explore the complexities of sibling relationships within the context of divorced families, and issues of confinement and freedom, as in my brother’s imprisonment and within the larger legacy of slavery. There is also a reflection on the importance of consistency in relationships and how loss of connection can breed bitterness and misunderstanding. My hope is that my time at the Tin House residency will finally allow the time and support to develop this work into a book with the tentative title, Black Abstraction."

Vanessa Walters

Vanessa Walters was born and raised in London, a graduate of University College London and has spent the past ten years moving from France to Indonesia to Nigeria and now fulfilling a long-held dream to live in Brooklyn, New York. She is previously the author of the YA books Rude Girls, Best Things in Life and Smoke! Othello! She also writes plays, most recently, Michael X, a short play staged at The Almeida Theatre London in June 2021 She was named a Leo Maitland Fellow of the Millay Colony and has received a fellowship to the Martha's Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing Conference. Following her tendency to write about places, she is working on her first adult novel, provisionally titled, The Nigerwife, set in Lagos Nigeria
Project Description:
The Nigerwife - A novel set in Nigeria
A body floats along the Lagos Lagoon, unnoticed.
A housewife with an Instagram-perfect life fails to return from a boat trip.
A family weeps in a nondescript London semi.
When sharp-tongued Claudine travels to Lagos, Nigeria to find out what has happened to her niece, she realises Nicole’s heavily filtered Instagram posts give a misleading impression of her life there. Behind the facade of parties and smiling family photos, Nicole seems to have been a lonely, culturally isolated woman, estranged from a hostile husband and with few real friends. There are whispers of an affair, possibly with the son of a feared Nigerian general who is above the law.
Getting answers as a working-class British Jamaican woman in an unfamiliar patriarchal society with a rigid class system and a lack of infrastructure proves challenging. She is reliant on the very people she suspects. With nowhere to turn, Claudine receives help from an unlikely source in The Lagos Nigerwives Association. But as she closes in on the truth, her sanity is threatened by resurgent memories of abuse and abandonment that implicate her in Nicole’s disappearance.