ACW is thrilled to announce the 2020 selected residents for the Anne LaBastille Memorial Writers Residency, taking place over the first two weeks of October at the Lodge at Twitchell Lake. With a record-breaking number of applicants this year, the selected writers were picked for their high quality of writing by this year’s panel of judges. Precautions are in place for a safe and productive residency to take place.

Join ACW and this year’s residents for a reading from their current projects on Saturday, October 10, 2020 at 1:00pm. The event is free and open to the public, however please plan to bring your own seating. The reading will take place on the porch of the lodge with 6-foot social distance maintained, and is weather permitting. Contact ACW for directions and to RSVP. If the weather is poor, the reading will be recorded and posted for online viewing.


Kate Doyle I am a fiction writer based in Ithaca, New York, and my fiction has appeared in Electric Literature’s Recommended Reading, Wigleaf, No Tokens, Anomaly, Meridian, Cordella, and elsewhere. My stories have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and Best Small Fictions, and I received an MFA from New York University, where I was the first Provost’s Global Research Fellow in Creative Writing, at NYU Paris. I have taught writing at NYU and Ithaca College and I am a graduate of Brown’s Nonfiction Writing Program. In New York City, my work has been featured in readings at Books Are Magic, McNally Jackson, and the Franklin Electric Reading Series.

Alison Strack I am a neuroscientist and have worked extensively in drug discovery and development in the pharmaceutical and biotech industries. I live in New Jersey and the Adirondacks and am currently working on a novel. I have recently had fiction published in The Hong Kong Review and have attended a number of writing workshops including Sirenland Writers Conference, the Kenyon Review Novel Workshop, and Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. I am currently an MFA student at Pacific University.


Anjali Khosla I am a writer and an Assistant Professor of Journalism + Design at The New School. My nonfiction writing and reporting has appeared in the Guardian, Fast Company, the New York Daily News, and other publications. In 2019, my first poetry chapbook/chatbot, Ghostbot, was released by Wendy’s Subway/Nor By Press; it was a finalist for the 2020 Eric Hoffer Chapbook Award.

Kelsey Francis I live in Lake Placid, New York, although I grew up in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, D.C. I moved to the Adirondack Mountains in 2000 to teach high school English. I have now been teaching 12th grade English at Saranac Lake High School for 20 years. My writing has been published in The New York Times “Modern Love” column, The Washington Post, Adirondack Life Magazine and the online magazine, Modern Loss. I am also a NCPR/ACW Howl Story Slam Finalist. Most recently, I was accepted as an educator for The New York Times Teaching Project for the 2020-2021 school year.


Erin Dorney is the author of I Am Not Famous Anymore: Poems After Shia LaBeouf (Mason Jar Press, 2018). Her work has appeared in various publications, including Passages North, Paper Darts, and Juked. She was awarded an Emerging Artist Residency at Tofte Lake Center (MN) and was a 2019 Artist in Residence at Hewnoaks (ME). Dorney’s collection of time-lapse video erasure poems, QUESTION THE BODY, is currently on display at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art. Her literary artwork and installations have been exhibited at Hennepin Theatre Trust; the Minnesota Center for Book Arts; and Susquehanna Art Museum. She is a co-founder of Fear No Lit, home of the Submerging Writer Fellowship, and volunteers with VIDA: Women in the Literary Arts. A graduate of St. John Fisher College, Syracuse University, and West Chester University, she lives and works in Pennsylvania.  

Jane Boxall is an adventurous percussionist and poet, working internationally across diverse genres. Her poetry has been published recently by Dream Pop Press, Hungry Hill Writing, Poems Please Me, and Ă“ BhĂ©al, and less-recently in Just Seventeen magazine. Jane has been shortlisted for the 2018 Keats-Shelley Prize in poetry, the Ouse Washes Poetry Competition, and the Erbacce Prize. Born in England and raised in Scotland, Jane completed her doctorate in Percussion Performance and Literature in Illinois, before moving to the North Country in 2008. She works as a freelance percussionist and writer, inspired by pedestrian travel and the threads of history. Jane’s contemporary-classical music duo, Ricochet Duo, developed and has toured a multi-media tribute to Anne LaBastille, entitled Woodswoman. This program includes music, photography, and Anne’s own words.

One thought on “Announcing the selected writers for the 2020 Anne LaBastille Memorial Residency

  1. Congratulations to each of you selected to this prestigious gathering. We are especially happy for Kelsey Francis of the Saranac Lake Central School District. An outstanding teacher and writer, Kelsey will be a great addition to your Residency!

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