The Sarabande Writing Residency at Blackacre Conservancy and Historic Homestead offers two writers each summer a chance to develop their current projects within the conservancy's three-hundred acres of wooded hiking trails and meadows. Learn more about this residency and upcoming application deadlines on our website.
At this time, we are pleased to announce our 2018 writers in residence, Benjamín Naka-Hasebe Kingsley and Gabriela Garcia.
Affrilachian author and Kundiman alum Benjamín Naka-Hasebe Kingsley is currently the Tickner Writing Fellow and recipient of a Provincetown FAWC fellowship. He belongs to the Onondaga Nation of Indigenous Americans in New York. Peep his work from last year in Best New Poets, Boston Review, the Cincinnati Review, the Missouri Review, the Poetry Review, & Tin House, among others. His first book is out from Backwaters Press in fall 2018: Not Your Mama’s Melting Pot, selected by Bob Hicok.
Here, in Ben's own words, is an introduction to his current project:
"My project-in-progress . . . aims to lay bare mixed-race displacement: Indigenous Americans understood only as wax models in museums; myriad struggles of Asian Americans that our republic attempts to claim as model minorities, the anti-Hapa rhetoric still reverbing in 21st century America; the quandary of Rust Belt poverty plaguing small Appalachian communities, e.g. my hometown—where rooting for the Pittsburgh Steelers is more religion than fanfare. At the very core of my project is troubling ideas of citizenship, global intersectionality, and understandings of American individualism."
Gabriela Garcia's writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Iowa Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, The Cincinnati Review, Tin House's Open Bar, Black Warrior Review, Ninth Letter, TriQuarterly, Indiana Review, and elsewhere. She received an MFA in fiction from Purdue University and is currently at work on a novel. She tweets about mostly cats @gabimgarcia.
Here's an introduction to Gabriela's current project, a novel, in her own words:
"I am interested in the borderlands as defined by activist-writer Gloria Anzaldúa—that hybrid grey space that is neither Latinx nor non-Latinx, heteronormative nor queer, that asserts borders exist precisely so that we may traverse them—and seek to reflect this vision in my fiction. I like characters who refuse easy categorization, who tread uncomfortably through the world. Though I write with an eye toward what is missing in mainstream cultural narratives, toward what I wish someone would say, I understand that my primary role as a fiction writer—above all else—is to craft a good story."