Meet our Writers in Residence for Summer 2016
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.
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 VCU arts and the VCU Da Vinci Center in Richmond, Virginia. She currently splits her time between Brooklyn, New York and Virginia.
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.