We are thrilled to announce the selected writers for the 2019 Anne LaBastille Memorial Writers Residency!

Through a competitive selection process, this group of resident writers was picked out of 110 applications from talented writers all over the globe. Read more about each writer and their work below. 

About. Every year our Anne LaBastille Memorial Writers Residency provides rooms, meals, and an inspiring landscape for regional and non-regional writers to work on their writing projects uninterrupted for two weeks. This residency gives these writers a chance to unplug, connect with other writers, and elevate their creative work. The residency is generously provided by the estate of Anne LaBastille. 

2019 Anne LaBastille Resident Writers

Fay Dillof is a graduate of Warren Wilson’s MFA Program for Writers. Her work has appeared in New Ohio Review, FIELD, Sugar House Review, Spillway, Mid-American Review, RHINO, Bellevue Literary Journal, Cortland Review and Shadow Graph, and been featured in Poetry Daily.

Leah Hampton is an emerging fiction writer from Central Appalachia. She writes about corpses, rurality, and smart women. Her first book, a short story collection, will be released by Henry Holt in 2020. 

Ashaki Jackson is a poet and social psychologist currently completing her first full poetry manuscript. Her work examines laws governing the behavior and treatment of African (Black) slaves in North American states, particularly laws with remnants in current law. She began the research following the publication of my chapter-length collection, SURVEILLANCE (Writ Large Press, 2017), which focused on the public’s consumption of videos documenting police killing Black civilians. She is also the author of LANGUAGE LESSON (Miel, 2017), a tribute to her late paternal grandmother and an energetic attempt at developing a mourning vernacular using white space.

Steven Potter is a fiction writer, book reviewer, and freelance editor, with an MFA in Fiction from New York University. He splits his time between a small Brooklyn apartment and a cabin in Long Lake, NY. He drives between these places armed with climbing ropes, a road bike, a backpack library, and a Jack Russell terrier.

Daniel Roche received a fellowship in nonfiction literature from the New York Foundation for the Arts, and has long taught literature, nonfiction writing, and journalism at Le Moyne College, in Syracuse. In addition to essays in various literary journals, he has published two memoirs – Great Expectation: A Father’s Diary (Iowa, 2008) and Love’s Labors: A Story of Marriage (1999).

Annie Stoltie has worked as an editor and writer for Adirondack Life magazine since 2000. Her job has been to translate her Adirondack observations and experiences—and those of others—for an audience of readers who feel deeply passionate about these 6 million acres. She’s written hundreds of articles for this magazine, and for other publications, including The New York Times, Modern Farmer, Good Housekeeping, Slate, Forbes, and, closest to her heart, A Sweet Life, a magazine for people with diabetes.

Save the date! Saturday, October 12th, 2pm
This year’s resident writers will host a reading of their current writing projects. The public invited to join. Contact us for directions to Twitchell Lodge at info@adirondackcenterforwriting.org

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