Low-Res MFA Summer Residency

summer residency

Summer 2017 Residency -  July 29-August 5


Distinguished Guests
Jeffery Renard Allen, Lillian-Yvonne Bertram, Jeff Kleinman, and BK Loren
Jeff Allen

Jeffery Renard Allen is a Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Virginia. He is the author of five books, most recently the novel Song of the Shank (Graywolf Press, 2014), which is loosely based on the life of Blind Tom, a nineteenth century African American piano virtuoso. The novel was featured as the front-page review of both The New York Times Book Review and The San Francisco Chronicle, won the CLMP’s Firecracker Award and was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner. An earlier novel Rails Under My Back won The Chicago Tribune's Heartland Prize for Fiction. Allen has received a Whiting Writers' Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a residency at Bellagio. His website is www.jefferyrenardallen.com.

Lillian-Yvonne Bertram
Lillian-Yvonne Bertram has published three books of poetry. Her first, But a Storm is Blowing From Paradise (Red Hen Press, 2012), was selected by Claudia Rankine as the 2010 Benjamin Saltman Award winner and was a poetry nominee for the Hurston/Wright Foundation Legacy Award for outstanding works of literature published by people of African descent. Her second book, a slice from the cake made of air (Red Hen Press, 2016) was recently named one of the best poetry books of 2016 by Entropy Magazine. Her third book, personal science, is out now from Tupelo Press. Bertram won a National Endowment for the Arts Poetry Fellowship in 2014. She is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing in the MFA program at UMASS Boston.

Jeff Kleinman

Jeff Kleinman is a literary agent, intellectual property attorney, and founding partner of Folio Literary Management, LLC, a New York literary agency. He represents upmarket and literary fiction and narrative nonfiction. Some of his authors' recent projects include the NYT Bestsellers The Art of Racing in the Rain, Widow of the South, The $80 Champion, Mockingbird, and The Snow Child (Pulitzer Finalist).

BK Loren

BK Loren’s essays have been published widely in anthologies and periodicals including Orion Magazine, The Best Spiritual Writing of 2004 and 2012, OnEarth, and many more, and have been shortlisted in the Best Essays of the year Anthologies. Her nonfiction has won numerous national awards and fellowships, and her collection, Animal, Mineral, Radical received the Colorado Book Award in 2012. “Margie’s Discount” (from Animal, Mineral, Radical) will be performed on stage in 2017. Her novel, Theft, won the Mountains and Plains Independent Booksellers Award in 2012, the Willa (Cather) Award for Women Writing the West, and was a finalist for other national awards. It has been optioned for film (Loren penned the screenplay). Loren teaches in the US and Canada and is currently completing a book of literary nonfiction and a novel. The acquisitions editor of her first book told her she “writes like she was raised by wolves.” She tries to live up to that daily. 

Contact Denise Roell, Administrative Assistant to the Low-Res MFA Graduate Program, with any questions. 

Lodging and Travel

  • Best Western Sycamore Inn: $50/night, available only by calling Sycamore Inn directly – 513-523-0000.  Ask for Low-Res MFA special rate. Please note: there are a limited number of rooms for the nights of July 27 and July 28, 2017, so students attending the residency might consider sharing a room, especially for the night of July 28th. There are lots of rooms available beginning July 29, 2017
  • Miami's Marcum Conference Center and Hotel: $89/night, with good availability for July 27 and 28th. No rooms available August 2 or 3 – 513-529-6911. Ask for Low-Res MFA special rate.

    Breakfast included at both facilities.