Low-Res MFA Summer 2021 Residency

Pathway surrounded by dark green hedges

Join us for a virtual, immersive week of workshops, readings, craft lectures and one-on-one time with mentors and distinguished guests.

Dates + Location

  • Late July, Summer 2021

General Schedule Breakdown 

  • Workshops, lectures, and readings take place daily from 10AM to 6:30PM 
  • Open mic evening event 
  • Final project reading from graduating class on Monday

Contact

Amy Toland, Low-Res MFA Coordinator, with questions about the residency, travel, lodging, etc.

Distinguished Guests:

Previous Summer Residencies

2020 Summer Residency

Mairéad ByrneMairéad Byrne

Mairéad Byrne's current publications include two chapbooks, In & Out (Smithereens 2019) and har sawlya (above/ground 2019); work in The Cast-Iron Airplane That Can Actually Fly: Contemporary Poets Comment on Their Prose Poems (MadHat 2019); and two essays, “Light in July,” in ReRites: Human and A.I. Poetry (Anteism 2019) and “The Shed of Poetry,” in A Line of Tiny Zeros in the Fabric: Essays on the Poetry of Maurice Scully (Shearsman 2020). She has published 6 collections of poetry in Ireland, the United States, and Brazil, including Talk Poetry (Miami University Press 2007); also four collaborative books with visual artists. Mairéad is Professor of Poetry + Poetics at Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, Affiliated Literary Arts Faculty at Brown University and a graduate student in the MA Program in Gaelic Literature, University College Cork. And oh yeah: Mairéad rhymes with Parade and is pronounced Marade.

Daisy HernandezDaisy Hernández

Daisy Hernández is the author of the award-winning memoir A Cup of Water Under My Bed and coeditor of Colonize This! Young Women of Color on Today's Feminism. The former editor of ColorLines magazine, she has reported for The AtlanticThe New York Times, and Slate, and she has written for NPR's All Things Considered and CodeSwitch. Her essays and fiction have appeared in Aster(ix)Bellingham ReviewBrevityDogwoodFourth GenreGulf CoastJuked, and Rumpus among other journals. A contributing editor for the Buddhist magazine Tricycle, Daisy is an Assistant Professor in the Creative Writing Program at Miami University. 

Alissa NuttingAlissa Nutting

Alissa Nutting is the author of the novels Made for Love, a New York Times editor's choice selection, and Tampa, which was translated into over 15 languages, as well as the story collection Unclean Jobs for Women and Girls, an expanded/revised version of which was rereleased in Summer 2018 as part of Ecco's "Art of the Story" series. A nonfiction book of her comedic essays is forthcoming from Ecco. Her fiction and essays have appeared in publications such as Tin House, BOMB, Elle, Real SimpleBuzzfeed, and many others. She currently has television projects in development with Cartoon Network and Paramount Studios. She is an assistant professor of English and writer-in-residence at Grinnell College.

Jessica StrawserJessica Strawser

Jessica Strawser is editor-at-large at Writer’s Digest, where she served as editorial director for nearly a decade and became known for her in-depth cover interviews with such luminaries as David Sedaris and Alice Walker. She is author of the book club favorites Almost Missed You, a Barnes & Noble Best New Fiction pick; Not That I Could Tell, a Book of the Month bestseller; and her "masterful" latest (Publishers Weekly, starred review), Forget You Know Me, new in paperback March 2020 (all from St. Martin’s Press/Macmillan). Her next novel, tentatively titled Too Much to Ask, will release in early 2021, also from SMP. A Career Authors contributing editor and popular keynote speaker at writing conferences nationwide, she recently completed a distinguished term as 2019 Writer-in-Residence for the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. She has written for The New York Times Modern Love, Publishers Weekly and other venues, and lives with her husband and two children in Cincinnati.

2019 Summer Residency

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Lee Ann Brown

Lee Ann Brown was born in Japan and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina. She attended Brown University, where she earned both her undergraduate and graduate degrees. She is the author of Other Archer, which appears in French translation by Stephane Bouquet as Autre Archere (Presses Universitaires de Rouen et du Havre, 2015),  In the Laurels, Caught (Fence Books, 2013), which won the 2012 Fence Modern Poets Series Award,  Crowns of Charlotte (Carolina Wren Press, 2013), The Sleep That Changed Everything (Wesleyan, 2003), and Polyverse (Sun & Moon Press, 1999), which was selected by Charles Bernstein in the New American Poetry Competition. In 1989, Brown founded Tender Buttons Press, which is dedicated to publishing experimental women’s poetry. She has taught at Brown University, Naropa University, Bard College, The New School, and St. John’s University, among others. Brown has held fellowships with Teachers & Writers Collaborative, Yaddo, Djerassi, the MacDowell Colony, the International Center for Poetry in Marseille, France, and the Howard Foundation. She was the 2017-18 Judith E. Wilson Poetry Fellow at Cambridge University.


Sonali Chanchani

Sonali Chanchani is an associate agent at Folio Literary Management, where she’s looking for character-driven upmarket and literary fiction. In particular, she’s drawn to smart women’s fiction; quirky, heartfelt family stories; nuanced psychological mysteries; and rich, atmospheric historical projects with a touch of magical realism. On the nonfiction side, she’s interested in narratives that illuminate some aspect of our society or culture, especially reported narratives in the areas of race, class, gender, and politics. She’s also interested in popular psychology, essay collections, and memoirs that speak to larger societal concerns. Across the board, she’s a fierce advocate of authors from marginalized communities and keen to represent a diversity of voices.


Lawrence Coates

Lawrence Coates is the author of five books, most recently Camp Olvido and The Goodbye House. His first novel, The Blossom Festival, won the Western States Book Award for Fiction and was selected for the Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers Series. His second novel, The Master of Monterey, was published in 2003, and his third novel, The Garden of the World, was published in 2012 and won the Nancy Dasher Award from the College English Association of Ohio. His work has been recognized with the Donald Barthelme Prize in Short Prose, the Miami University Press Novella Prize, and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Fiction. He is currently a professor of creative writing at Bowling Green State University.


Kelcey Parker Ervick

Kelcey Parker Ervick is the author of three award-winning books of fiction and nonfiction: The Bitter Life of Božena Němcová, a hybrid work of biography, memoir, and visual art about a Czech fairy tale writer; Liliane's Balcony, set at Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater; and a story collection of suburban surrealities, For Sale by Owner. Her comics and stories have appeared or are forthcoming in The Believer, The Rumpus, Quarterly West, Passages North, Notre Dame Review, Colorado Review, and elsewhere. She is the co-editor, with Tom Hart, of the forthcoming Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Graphic Literature. Website: http://www.kelceyervick.com/


Wang Ping

Wang Ping is a poet, writer, photographer, performance and multimedia artist. Her publications have been translated into multiple languages and include poetry, short stories, novels, cultural studies, and children's stories. Her multimedia exhibitions address global themes of industrialization, the environment, interdependency, and the people. She is the recipient of numerous awards and is Professor of English at Macalester College and the founder of the Kinship of Rivers project.


2018 Summer Residency

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Distinguished Guests

Lisa AmplemanLisa Ampleman is managing editor of The Cincinnati Review. A graduate of the PhD program in creative writing at the University of Cincinnati, she’s the author of a full-length book of poetry, Full Cry (NFSPS Press, 2013), and a chapbook, I’ve Been Collecting This to Tell You (Kent State UP, 2012).


Tim SieblesTim Seibles, a Philadelphia native, is the author of several books of poetry. Fast Animal, was a finalist for the National Book Award in 2012 and won the Theodore Roethke Memorial Poetry Prize in 2013. His latest, One Turn Around The Sun is now available. He is the current Poet Laureate of Virginia and a professor of English and Creative Writing at Old Dominion University.


Joe ThorntonJoe Thornton is a writer living in Bloomington, Indiana. His short stories and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in The RyderBlue Lake Review, Under the Gum Tree, and Killjoy Magazine. Find him on Twitter @joethelion23 or at jdthorntonisawriter.tumblr.com


Keith TumaKeith Tuma is the author of books of poetry including Climbing into the Orchestra (The Mute Canary, 2017), The Paris Hilton (Critical Documents, 2009), and Holiday in Tikrit (Critical Documents, 2005, with Justin Katko), and of On Leave: A Book of Anecdotes, a book of creative nonfiction (Salt, 2011). His critical works include Fishing by Obstinate Isles: Modern and Postmodern British Poetry. He is the editor of Anthology of Twentieth- Century British and Irish Poetry (Oxford, 2001), Rainbow Darkness: An Anthology of African American Poetry (Miami, 2005), and other books. He is Professor of English at Miami University, where he also directs Miami University Press.


Matt Young

Matt Young is a veteran, writer, and teacher. He holds an MA in creative writing from Miami University. His first book, Eat the Apple (Bloomsbury, 2018), was called "The Iliad of the Iraq War" by Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winner, Tim Weiner. Young's essays can be found in TIME, LitHub, Granta, Word Riot, Tin House, River Teeth, and elsewhere. Find him on Twitter @young_em_see.


2017 Summer Residency

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Distinguished Guests

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.