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2021 Residencies

Applications open:
August 1, 2021
Applications Are Currently Closed

Applications for our 2022 Winter Residencies will open on August 1st, 2022.

For Residency related questions, please email us at

Winter Residencies





The 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 a number of 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.





A personal essay (1,500 words or less outlining your journey as a writer and description of the project you will be working on) + a writing sample from the project you will be working on during the residency.

-Fiction and Nonfiction: One writing sample, no more than 5,000 words. A short story/essay or a portion of a novel/NF project may be submitted. If you are submitting an excerpt, please include a synopsis.
-Poetry: Up to five poems, totaling no more than 20 pages.
-Translation: Please follow the requirements for the genre in the original language and submit both your translation and the original text.
-Graphic Narrative: Project synopsis and up to 30 pages (text/images) from the project.
-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.

2021 Fall Residency Readers
Lance Cleland (Workshop Director)
India Downes-Le Guin (Assitant Director)
Alyssa Ogi  (Editorial Assistant, Tin House Books)
Kiran Khan (2020 Resident)
Arriel Vinson (2021 YA Scholar)


Fee Waivers

Tin House is offering a limited number of application fee waivers this year for our 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 with a subject line of “Residency Fee Waiver.” 

If you were previously granted a 2021 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.


2021 Residents

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  

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.

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."

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."

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."

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."

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Faylita Hicks

Faylita Hicks is the Editor-in-Chief of Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review and the author of HoodWitch (Acre Books, 2019), a finalist for the 2020 Lambda Literary Award for Bisexual Poetry and longlisted for the Julie Suk Award. They are the recipient of fellowships from Lambda Literary, Jack Jones Literary Arts, and Right of Return USA, the first fellowship designed exclusively for previously incarcerated artists. An organizer with Mano Amiga and member of the Statewide Leadership Council, established by the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition, they advocate for policy changes related to pretrial incarceration, immigrant detention, and the use of cash bail in rural Texas counties. Their poems, personal essays, and interviews have been featured in or are forthcoming in Adroit, American Poetry Review, Cincinnati Review, Huffpost, Kenyon Review, Longreads, Poetry Magazine, Poetry Daily, the Rumpus, Slate, Texas Monthly, the Texas Observer, and others. An interdisciplinary artist, they have an MFA in Creative Writing from Sierra Nevada University.


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.

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.

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


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.