This summer, Woodlawn & Pope-Leighey House and Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food and Agriculture, in conjunction with the Inner Loop Writing Series, are partnering to pilot a “Writer in Residence” Program.
The Woodlawn property embodies a multitude of stories in the development of American history, agriculture, literature, and society that continue to educate and inform the public today. One part of that history included the Woodlawn Literary Society, which existed in the 1800’s. In an effort to revive and embrace this part of Woodlawn’s past, the National Trust and Arcadia are providing emerging and established writers with the opportunity to attend events and have expanded access to the property. Through these opportunities, writers will develop their own literary and other artistic works, which will be displayed online on all of our websites. Please find the biographies of the writers who will be on site for the summer below.
If you are interested in meeting the authors in person, please consider attending Farm Tonic on the second Sunday of the author's residency. At Farm Tonic, held on Arcadia Farm, the authors will give a short reading to the community and Arcadia Farm volunteers. Please let Arcadia know that you would like to attend by emailing, firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to read the works created by these writers during their residency, please click their profile image.
Susan Lutz is a food journalist, educator, and television producer whose work focuses on exploring and chronicling heritage foodways and food preservation techniques. She has produced over 300 hours of documentary and nonfiction television programming for numerous cable networks including Food Network, HGTV, A&E, and History on topics that range from food chemistry to knitting. Her photography and video installation work has been shown throughout the US and Europe and is held in the permanent collections of the Long Beach Museum of Art and The New Museum in NYC. While living in Los Angeles, Lutz was a certified Master Food Preserver through the University of California Cooperative Extension, where she taught food preservation techniques to children and adults. She is a member of the International Association of Culinary Professionals and Les Dames d’Escoffier Washington DC Chapter. Raised in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley (where her father still cures his own hams), she currently lives Washington, DC metro area.
Sarah Ann Winn
Sarah Ann Winn’s first full length poetry collection, Alma Almanac, won the Barrow Street Book Prize, and will be published by Barrow Street Press in 2017. She is the author of five chapbooks, the most recent of which is Ever After the End Matter (Hermeneutic Chaos, 2017). She currently serves as Reviews Editor for Tinderbox Poetry Journal and Poetry Editor at Cider Press Review. She is the founder of Poet Camp, a roving residency for women writers. She lives in Manassas, Virginia with her husband, two lovely dogs, and one bad cat. While at the Arcadia residency, she hopes to continue a set of works responding to Frank Lloyd Wright houses she has visited around the country. Visit her at bluebirdwords.com or follow her @blueaisling.
Kate Reed Petty
Kate Reed Petty is a Baltimore-based writer. Her children's graphic novel, “Chasma Knights,” with artist Boya Sun, is forthcoming from First Second Books in May 2018, and her fiction and nonfiction has been published in The Los Angeles Review of Books, Ambit, and Nat. Brut. A graduate of the College of William and Mary, she holds a master’s in fiction writing from the University of St. Andrews, and her work has been recognized with a Narrative Magazine “30 Below” award and a Pushcart nomination. She is currently working on a novel; during her residency, she’s exploring the idea of “protest through work” through the Quaker history of Woodlawn.
Tanya Paperny is a writer, editor, and translator living in Washington, D.C. Her work has appeared in The Atlantic, The Washington Post, Washington City Paper, Beltway Poetry Quarterly, The Literary Review, PANK, VICE, Pacific Standard, and elsewhere. Tanya is the recipient of fellowships from the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities, the Vermont Studio Center, and OMI International Arts Center. Her collection "Short Shorts" was a semifinalist in the Gazing Grain Press 2014 Poetry Chapbook Contest. She is at work on a collection about violence, trauma, and resilience. More at her website or on Twitter.
Randon Billings Noble
Randon Billings Noble is an essayist. Her essay collection Be with Me Always is forthcoming from the University of Nebraska Press in 2019, and her lyric essay chapbook Devotional is forthcoming from Red Bird in 2017. Her work has been nominated for Pushcart Prizes, listed as Notable in The Best American Essays, and appeared in the Modern Love column of The New York Times, The Massachusetts Review, Creative Nonfiction, Fourth Genre, and elsewhere. A Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Creative Fellow, she has been a resident at The Millay Colony for the Arts, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the Vermont Studio Center. Currently she is Reviews Editor at Tinderbox Poetry Journal and a freelance reviewer for The A.V. Club.
Shanon Lee is a Survivor Activist & Storyteller with features on HuffPost Live, The Wall Street Journal, TV One and the REELZ Channel. Her work appears in publications including The Washington Post, Cosmopolitan, Good Housekeeping, ELLE, Marie Claire and Redbook. Shanon is a Women’s Media Center SheSource Expert and an official member of the Speakers Bureau for the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN). She is the writer, producer and director of MARITAL RAPE IS REAL, a short film that raises awareness for survivors of sexual assault.
Caroline Bock is the author of two critically acclaimed young adult novels: LIE and BEFORE MY EYES from St. Martin’s Press. Her short fiction is included in the 2016 Abundant Grace anthology published by Paycock Press and the 2017 District Lines anthology published by Politics & Prose bookstore. Her poetry was nominated for a 2016 Pushcart Prize and her short story, “Gargoyles and Stars,” was the 2016 winner of The Writer Magazine short story competition judged by Colum McCann. Her short stories and poetry also have been published or are forthcoming with Akashic Press, Fiction Southeast, Gargoyle, 100 Word Story, F(r)iction, Ploughshares, Vestal Review, and Zero Dark-Thirty. After a twenty-year career as a television executive, she returned to her first passion: creative writing, and in 2011, she earned her MFA in Fiction with honors from The City College of New York. She is currently an adjunct professor in English and Liberal Studies at Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia, and is at work at what she hopes to be her first novel for adults as well as a collection of short-short autobiographical fiction and flash historical fiction, which she plans to work on at her 2017 summer residency at the Woodlawn and Arcadia Farm Writer in Resident Program. She can be reached via her website at www.carolinebock.com, via her Facebook page (Caroline Bock Author), or her Twitter account: @cabockwrites.
is a writer and artist originally from Arlington, Virginia. Her writings, comics, photos, collages, and films have appeared in Marie Claire, Bustle, Cosmopolitan, The Southeast Review, The Feminist Wire, The Huffington Post, the New York Transit Museum, the Poe Museum, the Ground Zero Hurricane Katrina Museum, and beyond. She is a recipient of a national emerging artist grant from the Puffin Foundation and was named one of Folio Magazine's top 20 media visionaries in their 20s for founding Quail Bell Magazine. In addition to being the author of Hispanic and Latino Heritage in Virginia (The History Press) and the co-author of Images of America: Richmond Cemeteries (Arcadia Publishing), Christine is a proud graduate of VCUarts and the VCU da Vinci Center in Richmond, Virginia. She currently splits her time between Brooklyn, New York and Virginia. here...
is a writer based in Washington, DC, whose work has been featured or is forthcoming in publications including Barrelhouse, Hippocampus, WordRiot, Psychopomp, and The Intentional. She has received fellowships from the Fulbright Program and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, as well as nominations for the Pushcart Prize, the Larry Neal Writer’s Award, and the Best of the Net Award, among other honors. Currently, Jennifer writes theatre reviews for DC Theatre Scene and serves as prose editor for ink&coda. She volunteers as both a judge for the Helen Hayes Awards and a teaching artist for the Sitar Arts Center. She is currently working on a collection of creative nonfiction
is a recipient of the Dorothy Rosenberg Prize in poetry as well as fellowships from George Mason University, Sundress Academy for the Arts, and the Vermont Studio Center. She is the associate editor of The Northern Virginia Review out of Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) where she is an Associate Professor of English. Her writing has been published in American Book Review, CALYX, Cortland Review, Still: The Journal, and Yalobusha Review among others. She is a recipient of this year's NOVA President's Sabbatical Award and will spend the fall writing a full-length collection of poems tackling environmental justice issues. Read more of her work at www.nicoletong.com or follow her @nftong on Twitter.
Rachel Adams lives in Washington, D.C., where she is an editor at an advocacy association and the founder/editor of Lines + Stars, a literary journal. Her poetry has appeared in the North American Review, Blueline, The Conium Review, Hummingbird Press, Free State Review, NOON, and elsewhere. She is a Pushcart Prize nominee and the author of two chapbooks, What is Heard (Red Bird Press, 2013) and Sleeper (Flutter Press, 2015). She received her BA in English Literature from the Catholic University of American and her MA in writing from the Johns Hopkins University.