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 fourth 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:

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, 


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Samantha De Trinidad

Samantha De Trinidad is a writer, medical cannabis cultivator, and food equity advocate. Her
original recipes can be found on, while her poems can be read in The Alaska
Quarterly Review, Transfer Literary Magazine, Cipactli Journal for Latino/a Art and Literature
and also heard on The Inner Loop Radio. She holds a degree in English from San Francisco
State University and is currently working on her first collection of poetry.
Samantha hails from Northern California and currently resides in Washington DC with her
partner where they tend their vegetable garden. During her residency, she will expand upon a
series of poems which focuses on women, domestic violence, and resiliency across multiple
generations originally inspired by her time spent in Nicaragua.

Read Sam's blog post about her time at Woodlawn here!

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Whitney Pipkin

Whitney Pipkin as been writing about food, farms and the environment as a freelance
journalist since moving to Northern Virginia in 2012. She also is a staff writer at the Chesapeake
Bay Journal, covering the nation's largest estuary and getting to know its historic places in the
process. Her freelance work appears nationally in The Washington Post, NPR, National
Geographic, Smithsonian Magazine and Civil Eats and in regional publications such as Virginia
Living, Northern Virginia Magazine and Arlington Magazine. Pipkin served as guest editor for
Edible DC’s summer 2016 issue focused on how to eat with the Chesapeake Bay in mind, and
she is currently working on the magazine's fall 2018 issue. She lives with her husband,
3-year-old daughter, 1-year-old son and mischievous dog in Springfield.

Read Whitney's blog post about her time at Woodlawn here!

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Andrew Tran

Andrew Tran is an avid reader from the DC Metro area. He used to teach at a local Jewish
Community Center. In his spare time, he performs standup comedy at dive bars. He has
graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University and has received honorable mention for
Creative Nonfiction at the VCU Writing Awards. His fiction and poetry has been published in
Whurk Magazine, Berfrois, Borfski Press, Five: 2: One Magazine, Spinebind Magazine, Queens
Mob Teahouse, Defenestration, and The Virginia Normal. Follow him on Twitter: @AndyT187
and Instagram: andyman1900. He also has a website:

Read Andrew's blog post about his time at Woodlawn here!

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Gwen Van Velsor

Gwen Van Velso writes creative nonfiction and pseudo-inspirational prose. She founded
Yellow Arrow Publishing, a project that publishes and supports writers who identify as
women. Her major accomplishments include walking the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage in
Spain, raising a toddler, and being ok with life exactly as it is. Gwen wrote food and travel
columns for The Big Island Chronicle and The Summit Daily. Her adventure travel memoir,
Follow That Arrow, was published in 2016.

Read Gwen's blog post about her time at Woodlawn here!




In residence: June 4th-11th

In residence: June 4th-11th

Susan Lutz

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.


Instagram: @dinnerchick

In residence:June 18th-25th

In residence:June 18th-25th

iN RESIDENCE: June 25th-July 3rd

iN RESIDENCE: June 25th-July 3rd

iN rESIdence: July 16th-23rd  Photo credit: Fid Thompson

iN rESIdence: July 16th-23rd

Photo credit: Fid Thompson

IN Residence: July 30th-August 6

IN Residence: July 30th-August 6

In Residence: August 13th-20th

In Residence: August 13th-20th


Sarah 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 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 

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.


Shannon Lee

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

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, via her Facebook page (Caroline Bock Author), or her Twitter account: @cabockwrites.