Meet our Writers in Residence for Summer 2017
This summer, Woodlawn & Pope-Leighey House and Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food and Agriculture, in conjunction with The Inner Loop Writing Series, will host writers for the Writers in Residence Program for the second, consecutive year.
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.
The Inner Loop is a writing community and monthly literary reading series for creative writers in the Washington, D.C. metro area. TIL strives to contribute to the dynamic and diverse literary community in our region by providing an outlet and network for writers at all stages to connect, share work aloud, and experience the work of their peers in an intimate, encouraging space. In collaboration with Woodlawn and Arcadia, TIL selects residents for the summer program by seeking writers working in our region who have an established commitment to using writing as a means to build community, to bring awareness to critical social and environmental issues, and as a creative force of empowerment. Learn more about The Inner Loop on their website: http://www.theinnerlooplit.com/
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.
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’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.
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.
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.
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.
Jon Anderson lives in Washington, D.C., where he thinks globally and drinks locally. He has been working on international development, especially the relationship between natural resources, economic growth and local empowerment for the past couple of decades. He also writes, mainly flash fiction and short stories. His work has appeared in District Lit, Fluent, Unhinged, Quail Bell and is forthcoming in Fluent and Flash Fiction Magazine. He is a Pushcart Prize nominee. He received a degrees from Princeton and Yale in disciplines totally unrelated to creative writing.