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2022 Winter Residencies

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2022 Winter Residencies

Speculative Fiction Residency*
January 6th-February 1st, 2022
This residency is intended to support authors working on a full-length (including short fiction) speculative fiction manuscript.

Debut 40 Residency
February 3rd-March 1st, 2022
This residency is intended for writers over forty years of age who have not yet published a full-length book. Applicants may be under contract but cannot be scheduled to publish their debuts until 2023. Chapbooks and self-published works do not count towards this requirement. Applicants must turn forty by February 1st, 2022.

General Residency
March 3rd-March 29th, 2022
This residency is intended for any writer working on a full-length manuscript.

Please note you may apply to all Residencies with a single application.

We know that COVID makes traveling and timelines more difficult than ever. We’re committed to working with each resident to make their visit as comfortable and safe as possible. Should anyone need to cancel their residency due to COVID concerns, we will still honor the stipend.

*Due to apartment renovations, we will only be selecting one applicant for this residency.

Eligibility

We accept applications in the following genres: Fiction (novel/short), Nonfiction, Poetry, YA, 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. 

2021 Tin House Scholars/Workshop faculty, former 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

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.

Each Residency comes with a $1200 stipend (given a month prior to the Residency).

Applications

Requirements

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, YA, 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 15 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.

2022 Winter Residency Readers
Lance Cleland (Workshop Director)
India Downes-Le Guin (Assitant Director)
A.L. Major (Workshop Manager)

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 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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.  

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

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 kirinkhan.com.

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.