2009 Summer Residency Fellows

Kim Adrian (Writer): Since receiving her MFA from Bennington College in 2004, Kim Adrian’s stories and essays have appeared in Tin House, Agni, The New England Review, Post Road, Crazyhorse, and elsewhere. In 2008 she received a PEN New England Discovery Award and an Artist Grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Excerpts from her memoir-in-progress have been (or will soon appear) in Ninth Letter, The Gettysburg Review, and the New Ohio Review (where it won the Editors’ Prize in Nonfiction). She is the 2009 “Emerging Writer” Fellow at the Boston Writers’ Room, and lives in Brookline, Massachusetts with her husband and two children.

Stewart Allen (Writer): Working out of an abandoned toy factory on the edge of New York City, Stewart Allen specializes in books studying the ways food and drugs have altered the shape of societies. His books have been published in 15 languages and named Book of the Week by United Press International, the London Times, and the U.K.’s Evening Standard. He’s been a featured guest on NPR’s All Thing’s Considered with Susan Stamberg, as well as TV shows like BBC’s Readers & Writers Roadshow (with the Oxford Literary Festival). His investigative journalism has appeared in venues like Mother Jones, 60 Minutes, and the Most Censored Stories anthology. He is currently working on a novel dealing with the secret diaries of Mother Teresa and a non-fiction work that focuses on ancient religious intoxicants in Judeo-Christian mythology.

Sean Behrens (Writer): Sean Behrens earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from SUNY Purchase's Dramatic Writing Conservatory. He has produced several original works: Carpet of Leaves--which examines how adolescent adults waste their lives due to insecurity and fear; The Spade's Ten--a southern melodrama adaptation of Macbeth; and We're All Gonna Die!--a dual introspective into a young girl’s tragic life and how her psyche copes with it. He was an intern at The Playwrights' Center where he assisted playwright Andy Bragen. Mr. Behrens has worked with such directors as John Gould Rubin, Linsay Firman, and Mallory Catlett, and has worked closely with notable playwrights Jeff Wanshel, Dan O'Brien, and Kathleen Tolan. Receiving the Edward Albee Foundation Fellowship is Mr. Behrens' first major accomplishment in his career. At the Barn Mr. Behrens plans to write his next play--a story of nicotine addiction.

Cora Cohen (Visual Artist): New York abstract painter Cora Cohen is known for opulent yet gritty paintings that draw on contemporary urban and philosophical sources. Her works have been acquired by The Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Swedish State Art Council, Stockholm; The Ulla and Heiner Pietzsch Collection, Berlin; The Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro; Yale University, New Haven; and the Widener Library, Cambridge. Over the years her work has been exhibited by Gallerie Ahnlund, Umeå, Markus Winter, Berlin, and Jason McCoy, New York. Recent awards include a Gottlieb Foundation award and a Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation award.   She has also been the recipient of awards from the Pollock Krasner Foundation, the NEA, and the New York State Council for the Arts. 

William Cordova (Visual Artist): William Cordova was born in Lima, Peru; raised in Lima and Miami, Florida.  He earned his MFA from Yale University in 2004 and his BFA from The Art Institute of Chicago in 1996. William has participated in Artist residencies including Artpace, San Antonio, TX; The Studio Museum in Harlem, NY. Cordova’s solo exhibitions include More than Bilingual, Fleming Museum, Burlington, VA (2009); Drylongso (Pichqa Suyo), P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center (2006). Group exhibitions including; Neo-HooDoo, Menil Collection, Houston, TX; Whitney Biennial, NY: Prague Triennial, Czech Republic; (2008); and Utopia Station, 50th Venice Biennale (2003)

T. Zachary Cotler (Writer): T. Zachary Cotler's writings have recently appeared in FIELD, Paris Review, Antioch Review, and are forthcoming in Poetry, Iota, and the next anthology from Zoland Books. He received the Amy Clampitt Fellowship in 2006. He teaches at Hartwick College.

Caitlin Doyle (Writer): Caitlin Doyle spent 2008-2009 as the Writer-In-Residence at St. Albans School in Washington, DC, teaching creative writing classes while working on her debut poetry collection. Caitlin recently earned her MFA from Boston University, where she was awarded the George Starbuck Fellowship in Poetry. As an undergraduate, she received the Thomas Wolfe Scholarship in Creative Writing at UNC Chapel Hill. In 2009/2010, she will hold residencies at the Vermont Studio Center and the Ledig House International Writer’s Colony. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Measure, The Warwick Review, Hanging Loose Press, Unsplendid, The Louisville Review, The Barefoot Muse, The Lyric, The Blue Collar Review, and others.

Mark Ferguson (Visual Artist): Mark Ferguson studied painting at Skowhegan (1994) and The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (MFA, 1994), and Japanese literature at Columbia College (BA, 1988). His work has been exhibited at The American Academy of Arts and Letters and Josee Bienvenu Gallery in New York. His paintings and drawings of improvised structures and vessels are inspired by, among other things, fish and ships and oil rigs and undersea diving. He currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

Lindsey Ferrentino (Writer): Lindsey Ferrentino is a twenty year old emerging playwright with a BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She has studied with The Strasberg Theater Institute and The Writer’s Guild of Great Britain. Lindsey’s plays have been performed at Manhattan Repertory Theater, NY, The Marilyn Monroe Theater, NY, various spaces throughout NYU, The Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, The Surfside Playhouse, Fl, as well as The Kennedy Center Theater Lab in Washington DC. In addition to her plays, she is writing/co-directing a film on the poet WH Auden with Stuart Math Films Inc. She is the winner of The Cappies International Playwriting Contest, Winterfest Playwriting Competition, The Florida Today Playwriting Competition, and she was a finalist for the 2008 NY Writer’s Summit. This is her first fellowship/residency.

Gerry Griffin (Visual Artist): Gerry Griffin is a resident of New York City. He is orginally from Chicago, where he received a BFA & MFA in Sculpture and Graphics from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His professional experiences and accomplishments as a Sculptor, Printmaker, and Photographer are extensive with numerous group and one-person exhibits at national and international site. In 2008 his drawings were included in "Timeless Drawings" at the Morris Museum in New Jersey. He has been awarded Four New Jersey State Fellowships, Four MacDowell Fellowships, Two Yaddo Fellowships, Four Edward Albee Residency Fellowships, A New Jersey Center For Innovative Print Fellowship award, a Kohler Arts Residency Fellowship, and many other art awards. His art works are in the collections of The Art Institute of Chicago, Kohler Art Center WI, Best Company VA, The New Jersey State Museum, Morris Museum, Newark Museum, Rutgers U, Newark Public Library, and Noyes State Museum in NJ. He has had an extensive academic career teaching computer graphic, drawing and sculpture at New York Institute of Technology, Parsons, Pratt, Rutgers, and SUNY . Currently he is a Professor and Academic Advisor for the New York Arts Internship Program of the GLCA. www.gerryggriffin.com

Ted Larsen (Visual Artist): Born in 1964 in Michigan, Ted Larsen now resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He attended Whittier College before graduating magna cum laude from Northern Arizona University in 1986. Over the past two decades Larsen has had more than two dozen solo exhibitions and has been included in numerous group shows. In 2008, he was awarded a grant from the Pollock Krasner Foundation. His work is in a number of private and public collections, including those of major corporations such as NBC, PepsiCo, Forbes, Reader's Digest, United Airlines, Honda, JPMorgan Chase and Capital One. This is Larsen's first residency. www.tedlarsen.com

Mark Masyga (Visual Artist): Mark Masyga was born in 1960 in Winona, Minnesota, and studied art at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota (BFA, 1983) and painting at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (MFA, 1994). In 1994 he attended the Skowhegan School for Painting and Drawing and moved to New York City, where he continues to live and work. His current 2- and 3-D work is informed by architecture as well as natural and man-made disasters.

Jeff McMahon (Writer): Jeff McMahon writes and performs. His live works combine speech, movement, and media, and have been presented since 1980 at P.S. 122, Dance Theater Workshop, The Kitchen, PS 1, LACE, Cleveland Performance Art Fest., Jacob's Pillow, Highways, and other venues in theAmericas and Europe. His films have shown worldwide. He received eight Fellowships and two Project Grants from the NEA, and a Fellowship from the NY Foundation for the Arts. Essays and scripts have been published in books, journals, and magazines. He taught at the CNDD in the Netherlands, Kutztown Univ., Otis College of Art, Art Center, Cal Arts, and NYC Public Schools. He holds an MFA from the Writing Division, School of the Arts, Columbia University, with a focus in nonfiction, and has taught in the School of Theatre and Film, Arizona State University, since 2001. www.jeffmcmahonprojects.net

Rob Nadeau (Visual Artist): Born in 1974, in Rochester, NY, Rob Nadeau currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.  He received his MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and a BA from Brown University. Solo shows include LFL/Zach Feuer Gallery, NY;  Mixed Greens, NY; Galerie Markus Winter, Berlin, Germany; and the  Cress Gallery, University of Tennessee. Nadeau has been included in numerous group shows both nationally and internationally. He is the recipient of numerous awards including a Joan Mitchell Foundation grant; a residency at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown; and a residency at Yaddo.

Deirdre Sayre (Writer): Deirdre Sayre ditched the Mississippi Delta (where her family lived for six generations) for Athens, GA, where she regularly reports on the rock and roll scene for Flagpole and other publications. Sayre is currently focused on writing UnReformed, a captivity narrative recollecting the nearly two years she spent at Escuela Caribe, a Christian boot camp in the Dominican Republic. Sayre is grateful to have had her work supported by residencies at the Edward F. Albee Foundation (2007, 2009), Wildacres (2008), and Hambidge (2009), and is a 2008 recipient of the Mark Austin Segura Prize for Nonfiction. During the school year, Sayre shares her love of literature with the next generation, serving as an elementary school library media specialist.

Susan Smith (Visual Artist): Susan Smith lives and works in New York City. In 2008 her paintings were exhibited at the American Academy of Arts and  Letters in New York, where she received an Academy Award in  Art and a Purchase Prize. Also in 2008, the Bjorn Ressle Gallery in New York City exhibited her collages in “The Winter Salon -  Works On Paper". She has had solo shows in New York City and Germany. She has been awarded an Artist Fellowship Grant by the National Endowment for the Arts, a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship Grant, and a MacDowell Colony residency. An art professor at Wagner College, S.I, for many years, she received her M.A. degree from Hunter College, City University, N.Y. in 1976.

Laurie Stone (Writer): Laurie Stone is author of three books of fiction and nonfiction and has contributed to numerous anthologies. A longtime writer for the Village Voice, she has been theater critic for The Nation, critic-at-large on Fresh Air, a member of The Bat Theater Company, and a regular writer for Ms., New York Woman, and Viva. She has received two NYFA grants as well as awards from the Kittredge Foundation, Yaddo, MacDowell, VCCA, Saltonstall, Djerassi, Millay Colony, Poets & Writers, and the Nona Balakian prize in excellence in criticism from the National Book Critics Circle. She has served as writer-in-residence at Pratt Institute, Old Dominion University, Thurber House, and Muhlenberg College and taught at, among others, the Paris Writers Workshop, the Summer Literary Seminars in St. Petersburg, Russia, Chapman University, Sarah Lawrence, and Antioch. She is currently at work on My Life as an Animal, a Memoir in Stories, and Unmarked Trail: a Romance in Stories and a Guide to Setting up a Writing Partnership in collaboration with Richard Toon.

Barry Webster (Writer): Barry Webster has published fiction in both English and French. His first book, The Sound of All Flesh, won the ReLit Award for best collection of short stories published by a Canadian press in 2005. His work has also been shortlisted for the National Magazine Award, the Hugh MacLennan Award, and the CBC-Quebec Prize. He has given readings from his work throughout Canada, in Berlin, New Orleans, and on CBC-Radio. He studied classical piano for many years, and music has had a huge influence on his writing. www.barrywebster.ca

Kara Westerman (Writer): Kara Westerman received her MFA in fiction from Sarah Lawrence College. She lives and paints houses in East Hampton, NY. She has published short stories in The New Ohio Review and the anthology Submerged: Tales from the Basin. She is hoping to finish her first novel this summer. In her former lives she was an actress, an antiques dealer, and a real estate agent.

Simone Zelitch (Writer): Simone Zelitch is the author of three novels, The Confession of Jack Straw, Moses in Sinai and Louisa which was awarded the Goldberg Prize in Emerging Jewish Fiction.  Her work has appeared in The Lost Tribe:  Jewish Writers on the Edge, and has been broadcast on National Public Radio’s Hannukah Lights.  She recently finished a novel about Freedom Summer and her current project is about to lead her to Vilnius to study Yiddish.  She was pleased to discover that her work is taught at the University of Miami  in a freshmen seminar called “Bad Jews.”  She has taught classes in writing and researching historical fiction, and currently directs the Creative Writing Program at Community College of Philadelphia. 

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