Mountain Words Writer-in-Residence

 

Announcing the 2022 Residency Writers

Kaveh Akbar’s poems appear in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Paris Review, Best American Poetry, and elsewhere. His second full-length volume of poetry, Pilgrim Bell, was published by Graywolf in August 2021. His debut, Calling a Wolf a Wolf, is out now with Alice James in the US and Penguin in the UK. He is also the author of the chapbook, Portrait of the Alcoholic, published in 2016 by Sibling Rivalry Press. In 2022, Penguin Classics will publish a new anthology edited by Kaveh: The Penguin Book of Spiritual Verse: 100 Poets on the Divine.

In 2020 Kaveh was named Poetry Editor of The Nation. The recipient of honors including multiple Pushcart Prizes, a Civitella Ranieri Foundation Fellowship, and the Levis Reading Prize.

Kaveh was born in Tehran, Iran, and teaches at Purdue University and in the low-residency MFA programs at Randolph College and Warren Wilson. In 2014, Kaveh founded Divedapper, a home for dialogues with the most vital voices in American poetry. With Sarah Kay and Claire Schwartz, he wrote a weekly column for the Paris Review called “Poetry RX.”


Dominque Demetrea Conway is a Baltimore-based activist and author who writes non-fiction that embodies her lived experience as a person of African descent in the United States, and a resident of West Baltimore. Born in Evanston, Illinois, and raised in the nation’s rustbelt, she is the mother of four adult children.

As an activist, Dominque has engaged in work addressing mass incarceration and political imprisonment in the United States. Her work with men in prisons resulted in the creation of Friend of a Friend, a prison-based mentoring program designed to teach critical thinking skills to young prisoners.

Dominque has a BA from Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont, and received an MFA from Goucher College in Baltimore in May 2021; she will pursue a Ph.D. in English at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas beginning in the Fall of 2022. She is the co-author of Marshall Law The Life and Times of a Baltimore Black Panther, the memoir of Black Panther political prisoner, Eddie Conway. Her current project, Far From The Tree is a genealogical memoir examining the impact of racism and trauma on consecutive generations of her family spanning three centuries in America.


Megha Nayar is a communications coach from/in Ahmedabad, India. She spends half her time training corporate professionals in French, English and Soft Skills, and the other half writing short stories to deconstruct the complicated experience of womanhood in modern India. She lives with her parents, grand-parents, and an eccentric little pug.

Since 2019, Megha’s stories have appeared in 40+ literary magazines, among them Macromic, Trampset, Bending Genres, Out of Print, Gulmohur Quarterly and Bengaluru Review. She was longlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2020 – her story “Don’t Stay” made it to the top 200 out of 5,100 entries.

In 2021, Megha was selected for the inaugural cohort of Write Beyond Borders – a British Council-funded project offering masterclasses and mentorship to 10 upcoming South Asian writers. Megha was tutored by London-based author Amita Murray. She is now coming to Crested Butte armed with a blueprint for her first book.

When she’s not teaching her students new words, Megha is busy learning some. She is a student of Spanish – entirely self-taught. She plans to earn a DELE B2 Diploma by 2023 and add a third language to her repertoire. She is also a trained garba dancer and a keen solo traveller. Having spent three life-altering months in a Himalayan hamlet last year, she hopes to become a permanent mountain-dweller some day.

Twitter: @meghasnatter


Bernardo Wade is a writer/artist from New Orleans, who tries at poems and rides his bike around Bloomington, IN. Indiana University funds his present period of studying with others.

Bernardo currently serves as Associate Editor of the Indiana Review, is a Watering Hole Fellow, and moonlights as an equity and justice advocate. He was recently awarded the 2021 Puerto del Sol Poetry Prize and has words in, or forthcoming in, Crazyhorse, Black Warrior Review, Guernica, Cincinnati Review & others.


2022 Local Writer in Residence

Stephanie Maltarich is an independent audio producer and writer who has lived in the Gunnison Valley for a decade. She took a two year hiatus to attend graduate school in Missoula, Montana, where she earned a masters degree in Environmental Studies and Creative Writing. In her final semester, she enrolled in an audio journalism class, and from that moment — she knew producing audio stories of all types would be in her future.

Since graduating in 2020, Stephanie has produced a wide range of stories that focus on the environment, the outdoors, and social justice. Her work has aired on NPR, Colorado Public Radio, Yellowstone Public Radio and Alaska Public Media. Last summer, she spent two months in rural Alaska reporting on the Bristol Bay salmon fishery. Beyond radio, she loves producing podcasts. Her work can be heard on The Dirtbag Diaries, Out There Podcast, The Freeflow Podcast, and Climate One Podcast.

She also writes! This year, she’s published two stories that brought Gunnison Valley stories to state-wide news in The Colorado Sun. Her other work has appeared in a smattering of other publications.

Stephanie will spend her residency producing five radio-feature stories titled Headwaters for KBUT Community Radio. The project, funded by The Water Desk, will dive into the important stories that make up our valley’s important role as a headwaters community to the Colorado River Basin.


2022 LOCAL Writer in Residency

Gunnison Valley Local Writer-in-Residence 

The mission of the Gunnison Valley Local Writer-in-Residence program is to support an emerging or early-career local writer looking to take the next step in their work. The selected writer will receive funds, space and the support of a writing community during the month of May and in conjunction with the Mountain Words Writers-in-Residence. The residency culminates with a celebration of completed works and public readings at the Mountain Words Literary Festival, May 26 – 29, 2022.

Residency Dates

May 1 – June 1, 2022.

What do residency recipients get?

  • $3,500 stipend. One-third will be distributed at signing, another third midway through the residency, and the final installment at the close of the residency.

  • All-access pass to the Mountain Words Literary Festival, May 26 – 29, 2022

  • Access to “writer’s desk” workspace at the Center for the Arts (use the copier, drink coffee & blab, commune with other writers, whatever)

  • Completed work publicly celebrated and publicized through the Center’s marketing channels

  • Opportunity to publicly present your work at Mountain Words Literary Festival

Selection
Writers are selected based on artistic excellence, availability, need for the residency, and fit within the program. Only writers who reside within the Gunnison Valley will be considered. In addition, prospective writers must be nominated by an editor, agent, or other professional familiar with the applicant’s work in the form of a letter of reference (see details below). Applications are due by April 1, 2022, and will be reviewed by a selection committee. Applicants will be notified of the committee’s selection decision by April 8, 2022. Writers working in any genre and of all perspectives and demographics are encouraged to apply.

Application deadline: April 1, 2022. selection announced April 8, 2022.

Applications/recommendations should include the following, emailed to Brooke MacMillan, brooke@crestedbuttearts.org, no later than 12:00 a.m. midnight, MST, April 1, 2022. 

  1. A letter of recommendation. Your professional reference should be someone who can speak to your work as a writer: your boss, writing mentor, editor, teacher, etc. Your reference should be someone who knows you well and can speak to how you might interact in a small community of writers. Reference writers must email their letters directly to brooke@crestedbuttearts.org by April 1, 2022.

  2. Publication history (including reviews, endorsements, awards, etc.)

  3. A personal letter stating your interest in, and need for the residency, along with a brief description of what you plan to work on during the residency.

  4. Work sample (10-20 pages)

  5. Links to websites, etc. if applicable

Responsibilities of residents

The participating writer must take part in two Mountain Words Literary Festival-sponsored public events and one speaking engagement at Crested Butte Community School.

We also ask that Writers-in-Residence credit the Center for the Arts Writer-in-Residence program in the acknowledgments of any work completed during the residency and subsequently published.

A couple of notes about our residency:

Because this residency is designed to give a local writer time and financial support to prioritize their writing, we ask that the selected writer do their best to minimize other travel obligations and not leave the Gunnison Valley for any significant length of time during the residency.

The Gunnison Valley Local Writer In Residence program will run in conjunction with the Mountain Words Writers-in-Residence, in order to create a supportive writing community. As there are not travel costs associated with the local residency, the residency stipend is reflective of this and adjusted to $3,500.

For more information, please contact Brooke MacMillan, Artistic Director, brooke@crestedbuttearts.org.


2023 Mountain Words Writer-in-Residence

Application deadline: Feb 6, 2023
Selection announced Feb 27, 2023

Residency dates: May 1 – June 1, 2023

The mission of the Mountain Words Writer-in-Residence program is to nurture writers by providing time, funds, space, living accommodations, and the experience of writing in the stunning Rocky Mountains. Our program offers writers an opportunity to spend one month of writing time in the inspiring, high mountain setting of Crested Butte, Colorado, a small ski-resort town located in southwest Colorado. More on Crested ButteThe residency culminates with a celebration of completed works and public readings at the Mountain Words Literary Festival, May 26 – 28, 2023.

What do residency recipients get?

  • $5,000 stipend: One-third of which will be distributed at signing, another third midway through the residency, and the final installment at the close of the residency

  • One month of private lodging in downtown Crested Butte from May 1 – June 1, 2023

  • Access to “writer’s desk” workspace at the Center for the Arts (use the copier, drink coffee & blab, commune, whatever)

  • Completed work publicly celebrated and publicized through the Center’s marketing channels

  • Opportunity to publicly present your work at Mountain Words Literary Festival

Selection

Writers are selected based on artistic excellence, availability, and fit within the program. Prospective writers must be “nominated” by editors, agents, or other professionals familiar with the applicant’s work in the form of a letter of reference (see details below). Applications will be reviewed by a selection committee and notified by Monday, Feb 27, 2022. Applications from writers working in any genre and of all perspectives and demographics are encouraged.

Applications/recommendations should include the following, emailed to Brooke MacMillan, brooke@crestedbuttearts.org, or by mail: P.O. Box 1819, Crested Butte, CO, 81224, no later than 12:00 a.m. midnight, MST, February 6, 2022.

  1. A letter of recommendation serves as your nomination. Your professional reference should be someone who can speak to your work as a writer: your boss, writing mentor, editor, teacher, etc. Your reference should be someone who knows you well and can speak to how you might interact in a small community of writers. Reference writers must email their letters directly to brooke@crestedbuttearts.org by February 6, 2023.

  2. Publication history (including reviews, endorsements, awards, etc.)

  3. A personal letter stating your interest in, and need for the residency, along with a brief description of what you plan to work on during the residency.

  4. Work sample (10-20 pages)

  5. Links to websites, etc.

Responsibilities of residents

The Center / Literary Arts & Lectures will provide lodging in a private home located in downtown Crested Butte for one month at no cost. In exchange, writers must participate in two Mountain Words Literary Festival-sponsored public events, and one speaking engagement at Crested Butte Community School. Writers are responsible for the cost of travel to and from the residency.

A couple of notes about our residency:

To preserve the mission of the residency, accommodations cannot be made for family members or friends of invited authors, though they are welcome to visit briefly during the residency.

Residents are required to occupy the residence for the duration stipulated in their contract.

Animals, though loved, are not invited for residency stays.

For more information, please contact Brooke MacMillan, Director of the Literary Arts and Lectures Program, at brooke@crestedbuttearts.org.

The Mountain Words Writer-in-Residence program is made possible by a very generous donation from the Deb Coonts family.