The Sarabande Writing Residency at Bernheim

From 2013 until 2016 the Sarabande Writing Residency offered an annual retreat, two to six weeks in length, to a poet, fiction writer, or essayist at Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest, an idyllic 14,000-acre nature preserve near Louisville, Kentucky. Residents received a $500 travel stipend and lodging in a private, fully equipped cottage on the Bernheim grounds. Residents offered two to three public readings or discussions during their tenure and may devote the rest of their time to writing in Bernheim's extensive forest, gardens, and arboretum. 

We hope to continue The Sarabande Writing Residency soon. We are not currently accepting applications for a 2017 Residency. 

2016 Writer in Residence: 

We're pleased to announce Danica Novgorodoff as our 2016 Writer in Residence. 

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.

Our thanks to all our residency applicants. 


Past Writers in Residence: 

2015 D. A. Powell is the author of five collections, 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.

2014 Margaret Kimball and Christian Moody shared the 2014 summer residency.

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.

2013 Ann Townsend inaugurated the program in the summer of 2013 as Sarabande's first Writer-in-Residence. Ms. Townsend is the author of two collections of poetry: Dime Store Erotics (Silverfish Review Press, 1998), and The Coronary Garden (Sarabande, 2005), and edited the collection, Radiant Lyre: Essays on Lyric Poetry (Graywolf, 2007) 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.