Literary Arts Residency (Poetry,  Maine only)

DESCRIPTION OF RESIDENCY

The Literary Arts Residency is one month long, and takes place in either July, August or September. This year, the focus of the residency is on poetry.

The residency includes a private room with shared bathroom in the renovated farmhouse at Rolling Acres Farm, shared kitchen and living space, and a writing space adjacent to the bedroom with a large desk and sofa – plus use of a lot of outdoor space. In addition, there is a small outbuilding which can be utilized as an outdoor writing space.

Aside from two visual artists, the resident literary artist can expect to be sharing the house with a resident gardener. All residents have in common that their work relates to the land or the environment in some meaningful way.

The residents will have three shared dinners a month which will be attended by the residency directors and one or more guests from the art/creative/farming community (two dinners will be prepared by a local chef, one will be a potluck). At these gatherings, there will be opportunities for structured critiques by established artists. Beyond these shared dinners, residents will be responsible for all their own meals.

Residents will receive a $1000 stipend and access to all the fresh food grown in the garden, on site.

EXPECTATIONS

  • Residents will need to provide all materials and equipment needed for their residency (e.g. a laptop; there is Wifi in the house, but no printer. There is however a print shop in nearby Damariscotta).
  • Residents will have to provide their own transportation to the residency, and while at the residency. Please be advised that this is a remote location, 15 min. by car from the nearest grocery and art supply store. There is no public transportation.
  • Residents must develop at least one new piece of work, and provide evidence thereof, visually or in concept/writing. Also, residents are expected to be working on what they described in their application. We do not wish to block creative flow; however, residents should follow through with their proposal with the understanding that this proposal is what led them to be selected. We understand that this creative process may lead in new directions.
  • Residents must attend all three dinners, which include informal studio visits, and participate in weekly group check-ins as scheduled by the co-directors.
  • Residents are expected to participate in an open studio day at the end of their residency, to contribute a page to the residency journal during their stay, and to make at least one piece of work available (or documentation thereof) for an exhibit in the following year.
  • Residents must reside at the Fiore Art Center during their entire residency. Day trips which enrich the residency experience are permitted, overight absences are not (with minimal exceptions granted for special circumstances, which must be disclosed beforehand).

APPLICATION PROCESS

Applicants living in Maine, in the relevant category may apply: Poetry (focus for 2019).

Writers at any career stage may apply, whether attending a literary arts program or educational institution or already established in their career. (However, experience of previous residents has shown that a resident must be very comfortable being self-directed and in a more isolated area to enjoy this residency and reap its benefits.)

Applications are to be submitted online and open December 1st, 2018, and close March 1st, 2019.

Applications are juried by a professional jury during the month of March. Applicants will be selected based on the quality of their work samples, their artist statement, and demonstration that their work has a relevant connection to the environment at large, or rural Maine/agriculture specifically.

Notices will be mailed out in the first week of April, 2019.

Submit to the Literary Arts Residency starting December 1st on Submittable.