The Sarabande Writing Residency at Blackacre State Nature Preserve and Historic Homestead

We are pleased to offer two summer writing residencies each year in partnership with Blackacre Conservancy, Inc. Writers in residence spend two weeks in a private, second-floor apartment located in Blackacre's historic Presley-Tyler farmhouse. During their stay, writers have full access to the conservancy's three hundred acres of wooded hiking trails and meadows. Accommodations include wifi, laundry, a full kitchen, and access to a Blackacre vehicle. Writers are welcome to bring their partners; however, children and pets cannot be accommodated. Writers receive a $200 stipend to help defray travel expenses to and from the residency. Residencies will be scheduled at mutual convenience during the months of May, June, or July.


Two ways to apply

1. Apply during our residency application period, September 1 - November 15. Writers are asked to submit a writing sample and a cover letter describing their interest in the residency. This application period is open to emerging and established writers in any genre. Writers may submit at the link below.


2. Apply through the Linda Bruckheimer Series in Kentucky Literature, July 1-31. The Linda Bruckheimer Series in Kentucky Literature publishes one book each year by an author from or writing about Kentucky. Authors selected for publication with this series will also be awarded a Sarabande Writing Residency in the year in which their book is published. For more information about this series, visit the Linda Bruckheimer Kentucky Literature Series contest page.


The Sarabande Writing Residency application process is highly competitive, and we accept residents solely on the basis of artistic merit. Our admissions policy does not discriminate with regard to race, sex, sexual preference, religion, marital status, disability, or nation of origin. We do not require references. 


2019 Writers in Residence

Jane Wong's poems can be found in Best American Poetry 2015, POETRY, American Poetry Review, Third Coast, AGNI, New England Review, and others. A Kundiman fellow, she is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize and fellowships from the U.S. Fulbright Program, the Fine Arts Work Center, Artist Trust, Bread Loaf, Hedgebrook, Willapa Bay, and the Mineral School. She is the author of Overpour (Action Books, 2016) and How to Not Be Afraid of Everything (Alice James, forthcoming). She is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Western Washington University.

Joe Sacksteder is a PhD candidate in Creative Writing and Literature at the University of Utah. Fugitive Traces, his album of Werner Herzog audio collages, is available from Punctum Books. His writing has appeared in Denver QuarterlyFlorida ReviewThe Literary ReviewPassages NorthHobartThe Rumpus, and elsewhere. He is currently a visiting instructor at Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan. 


Past Writers in Residence

Gabriela Garcia's writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Iowa ReviewMichigan Quarterly ReviewThe Cincinnati ReviewTin House's Open Bar, Black Warrior ReviewNinth LetterTriQuarterlyIndiana Review, and elsewhere. She received an MFA in fiction from Purdue University and is currently at work on a novel.

Benjamín Naka-Hasebe Kingsley is an Affrilachian author, Kundiman alum, and Tickner Writing Fellow and recipient of a Provincetown FAWC fellowship. He belongs to the Onondaga Nation of Indigenous Americans in New York. His work has appeared in Best New PoetsBoston Review, the Cincinnati Reviewthe Missouri Reviewthe Poetry Review, & Tin House, among others. His first book is out in fall 2018 from Backwaters Press: Not Your Mama’s Melting Pot, selected by Bob Hicok.

Danica Novgorodoff
is an artist, writer, graphic designer, horse wrangler, and marathon runner who lives in New York when she's not traveling the world. Her books include A Late Freeze, Slow Storm, Refresh, Refresh (included in Best American Comics 2011), and The Undertaking of Lily Chen. She has been an artist in residence at the MacDowell Colony, the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, Wildfjords Artist Residency, and Blue Mountain Center.

D. A. Powell
is the author of five collections of poetry, including Useless Landscape, or A Guide for Boys which received the National Book Critics Circle Award in poetry. His honors include the Kingsley Tufts Prize in Poetry and an Arts & Letters Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts & Letters, as well as fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Margaret Kimball
is writing a graphic memoir about childhood and place, parts of which have appeared or are forthcoming in Black Warrior Review, Copper Nickel, Memoir(And), and South Loop Review. She has been in residence at Yaddo and is an assistant professor of illustration at Lesley University in Boston. 

Christian Moody's fiction has appeared in Best New American VoicesBest American FantasyEsquireThe Cincinnati Review, The Collagist, and other publications. He has been in residence at Yaddo, and his work has been awarded a 2015 Al Smith Fellowship from the Kentucky Arts Council and fellowships from The Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts, Taft Center for the Humanities, and elsewhere. He is a visiting assistant professor of English at Centre College in Kentucky.

Ann Townsend is the author of Dime Store Erotics and The Coronary Garden and editor of  the collection Radiant Lyre: Essays on Lyric Poetry with David Baker. Her poetry, fiction, and criticism appear in such publications as AgniPoetryThe Paris ReviewThe NationThe Georgia ReviewThe Kenyon ReviewThe Southern ReviewWitness, and many others.


From 2013 to 2016 the Sarabande Writing Residency was offered in partnership with Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest.