SUPPORTING RHODE ISLAND WRITERS IN THE CREATION OF VIBRANT NEW WORKS

Writers' Residency Application ButtonThe world has changed a lot since the late 1800’s when Theodora Colt reclaimed and rebranded her childhood home “Linden Place.” Where her father had once hosted slave traders and corrupt politicians, Theodora gathered abolitionist writers here in literary salons that included the likes of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and John Greenleaf Whittier.

Now, we want you to be part of our literary lineage by bringing a creative point of view to our history. The inaugural 2022 Linden Place Writers’ Residency is a no-cost, daytime only residency program that will give creative writers the tools to discover, engage, examine, and interpret Linden Place’s people, events, setting, and artifacts through a contemporary lens.

LINDEN PLACE AS CREATIVE MUSE

RISCA Art in the AnchorLinden Place is a nonprofit museum with a potent place in American history. Built in 1810 by a slave trader, occupants and guests of the house have included Presidents, enslaved Africans, famous writers, servants, freed slaves, business magnates, Hollywood actors, abolitionists, and philanthropists. The museum’s collection includes paintings, sculptures, furniture, and rare items, such as a horse-drawn coach from the 1820’s. The house has notable architectural details and sits on 1.8 acres of land that are part of the Wampanoag/Pokanoket ancestral homelands.

The stories of those who lived and worked here speak to issues of enslavement, colonialism, early industry, class divides, philanthropy, and the agency of women. In all, it is fertile ground for creative writers to re-interpret, re-examine, and expound on history through contemporary viewpoints.

Could you imagine Linden Place as the backdrop of a LGBTQ+ historic romance? Could you envision a superhero narrative with a freed African as the central figure? Could you see a Young Adult novel where the teen protagonist discovers a portal to the past through one of the museum’s paintings? Could you pen a classic mystery where Ethel Barrymore, one of our former occupants and most popular actresses of her day, goes missing while visiting here? Could you write a narrative essay about your life that draws parallels to the lives of the widowed women who’ve resided here? Could you create an anti-racist rock opera that sheds light on the DeWolf slave traders? Could you conceive of a screenplay with a pivotal scene taking place in our gardens?

These ideas represent the kind of varied, thought-provoking, contemporary works that we aim to foster through the writers’ residency. We believe the work that comes out of the program will be a gateway for an expanded understanding and re-examination of our complex history.

RESIDENCY OVERVIEW

Three esteemed judges will select 8 Rhode Island writers to join us for the residency month of April. Each of the 8 recipients will receive a free self-guided audio tour, on-site workspace, access to archives and museum professionals for research, a $100 travel stipend, and a discounted rate at the Bradford-Dimond Norris B&B should they wish to stay nearby while working.  

Writers will be expected to work at Linden Place for a minimum of 12 hours during the month, with no more than 6 visits. (Vaccination is required. Covid-19 safety guidelines are below.) They will also be expected to start a new writing project while in residence.

In June writers will be celebrated with a community reading and discussion of the works in progress.

Applications are due on March 4, 2022. We highly recommend you download and read this Linden Place factsheet before applying.

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Our 2022 Writers in Residence

 

GENESIS BARRERA

A first-generation Mexican American and native Texan, Genesis Barrera is a multimedia artist, writer, and librarian. She studied Religion and Critical Thought at Brown University, graduating in 2021. A founding member of What Cheer Writers Club in Providence, her Spanish-language poetry has been featured in Brown’s Latinx literary magazine Somos and is forthcoming from Harvard's Palabritas.

 BEN JOLIVET

Ben’s work includes award-winning scripts The Resurrections (Silver Spring Stage Company judge’s award: best script), Cold (finalist, Woodward/Newman Drama award; semifinalist, Princess Grace award; winner, KCACTC David Shelton Award, best play; productions appeared at Wilbury, the Hollins/Mill Mountain New Play Fest, and Tesseract Theatre Company), Community Garden (Shelton, best play; KCACTF, commendation playwriting; produced by Hollins/Mill Mountain Theatre Fest). BA: SNHU; MFA: The Playwrights Lab at Hollins University. www.benjolivet.com

 KATE LANE

Kate Lane is a writer and illustrator based in Providence, RI. She makes comics, has two fiction novels in progress, enjoys consuming and illustrating feminist historical romance, is polishing a non-fiction memoir graphic novel, and is generally always up to something. A Parsons and RISD grad, she works in tech during the day and captains the Providence Sci-Fi/Fantasy Writing Group on weekends.

 ROCHELLE LEACH

Rochelle Leach is an artist, musician, and Providence native who loves Rhode Island and its unique history. She’s extremely passionate about writing as a tool for personal expression, healing, questioning, exploring, and enrichment.  After graduating from Classical High School in 2017, she chose to not attend college and instead became a student in many other paths outside of the traditional classroom setting. Energy, history, society, culture, people, and nature are her constant sources for knowledge. Rochelle is currently working towards a Reiki certification alongside a music career.

 ELIZABETH MALIGRANDA

Elizabeth Maligranda is a writer who originally hails from Central New Jersey. She holds her BA in English from Salve Regina University and MS in Writing and Producing for Television from Boston University. Her writing is inspired by history, nature, and the intricacies of human relationships. She currently resides in Portsmouth, Rhode Island with her fiancé, William, a Rhode Island native, and their kitten, Gus.

 MIA MANZOTTI

The pandemic is what brought Mia Manzotti and her husband back home to Rhode Island from London, England, where they resided for a number of years. Mia is a former attorney who practiced law early on before turning her attention to more creative pursuits: first working as an interior designer out of her own storefront in Newport, RI and then as an independent design consultant after her move to England. She is a history enthusiast who enjoys writing in her spare time, often drawing on her experiences of living abroad in such far-off locales as Capetown, South Africa. Mia currently resides in Barrington, Rhode Island where she is working on her latest project: the renovation and restoration of a Victorian style home built in 1869.

 CURTIS PERDUE

Curtis Perdue was born and raised in Miami. After completing his BS in English Education from Florida State University, he taught middle school English Language Arts for three years in West Palm Beach. He began to pursue his passion for creative writing at Emerson College, where he was awarded the Presidential Fellowship. Curtis founded and edited an online journal of poetry and art, inter|rupture, that ran for six years. He is the author of two chapbooks and one full length collection, The Weather Anchored in Us, which was published in 2016 by a now defunct press. His poems have appeared in Anti-, Bateau, The Foundry, Ghost Town, LEVELER, [PANK], Poetry City, USA, Willow Springs, Yes, Poetry, and many others. Additionally, he has received scholarships or fellowships from The Squaw Valley Community of Writers, The Key West Literary Seminar, and Teach Plus. Curtis teaches 8th grade English Language Arts at Westerly Middle School. He is married with two children and lives in Wakefield.

 REBECCA SIEMERING

Rebecca Siemering was born in Omaha, NE, and now lives in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. She is the Education Manager at the Handicraft Club and a trained fiber artist and sculptor who uses writing to influence her visual work. In high school she won scholarships to art school with her writing, but the love of fiber and sculptural work took over her time and hands. During the pandemic Rebecca began to write haiku to condense a moment and push into a broader world outside herself. She now connects her daily poetry practice with her visual work through white line woodblock prints, carving wood, and paper making.

 

OUR 2022 JUDGES

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Daisy C. Abreu

Daisy C. Abreu is an arts administrator, educator, editor, and writer. Born in Hoboken, New Jersey, she has lived and worked in New Haven, CT since 1994. Among her many arts activities, Daisy has taught Creative Writing at the Shubert Theater & Arts Summer Camp and at the Co-Op Arts & Humanities High School. She has held positions on the boards of directors of the Arts Council of Greater New Haven and The Institute Library, as well as seats on the City of New Haven's Facade Grant Committee and Redevelopment Agency. A published author and editor, Daisy holds a BA in English from the University of Hartford and an MFA in Creative Writing from Fairfield University.

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Eirene Donohue

Eirene Donohue is a Vietnamese/Irish American writer, who grew up in Rhode Island and graduated from Brown University. She recently sold the romantic comedy feature A TOURIST'S GUIDE TO LOVE to Netflix with Rachael Leigh Cook attached to star and produce. Eirene has sold multiple cable feature projects for companies such as Freeform, Lifetime, Disney Channel and MTV. She has also sold TV pilots to ABC Studios and Freeform. She most recently wrote A SUGAR & SPICE HOLIDAY for Lifetime, one of the first holiday-themed cable films to feature a predominantly Asian cast. Eirene is additionally developing her autobiographical spec feature TIME OUT with Lucy Liu, who is attached to direct.

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Robert Isenberg

Robert Isenberg is a writer and multimedia producer based in Rhode Island. He is a past recipient of the Brickenridge Fellowship, McDowell Scholarship, Trespass Residency, and two Golden Quill Awards. He earned his MFA in Creative Writing from Chatham University, where he served as Whitford Fellow, the program's highest honor. Currently he serves as videographer for the Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island and writes regularly for Providence Monthly. He is the 2022 Screenwriting Fellow for the State of Rhode Island through the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts. Visit him at robertisenberg.net.

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Marco McWilliams

Marco A. McWilliams is a Black Studies scholar, DEI and education consultant, and community-based organizer/educator. He is a published writer with nearly two decades of engaged scholarship work in convening diverse learning communities. McWilliams was the founding instructor of the influential Black Studies program at DARE (Direct Action for Rights and Equality) where his teaching focused on using the Black Radical Tradition as a point of departure to design strategies for social change. McWilliams has taught, lectured, and workshopped at colleges and universities across the nation such as Brown University, Morehouse College, ArtCenter College of Design, Princeton University, Rhode Island School of Design, and more. Additionally, he works with middle/high school students, educators, and families as primary stakeholders in progressive education transformation agendas. He was a program coordinator and educator at Brown University's Swearer Center where he was honored to be the inaugural 2017 Junior Fellow and Practitioner-in-Residence. In 2020 he accepted a Providence mayoral appointment to the Special Committee for the Review of Commemorative Works. McWilliams has a BA in Africana Studies from Rhode Island College and is a graduate student at Brown University in the Department of American Studies..


GUIDELINES FOR SUBMISSION

The residency is open to writers of all genres of fiction and narrative non-fiction, poets, screenwriters, and playwrights 18 and older who primarily reside in Rhode Island. Beginner, mid-career, hobbyist, and established writers are welcome to apply. We intend for a diverse slate of creators with unique viewpoints, life experiences, and genres.

Writers will primarily be judged on the merit of their writing and Statement of Intent. However, we will also look at individuals within the context of the larger whole in order to ensure our 8 residents represent a diversity of viewpoints and genres.

In addition to the residency application, writers must submit one of the following for consideration: 5 consecutive pages of fiction or narrative nonfiction, or 7-10 pages of poetry, or 10-15 consecutive pages of a screenplay or play.


PROGRAM TIMELINE

January 31 – Applications open
March 4 – Applications due by 11:59 p.m. EST
March 28 – Residents announced
March 29 – April 1 – Residents schedule tour & visits
April 1-30 – Residency at Linden Place
May 1-24 – Writers may continue to work from home
May 25 – Residents submit works-in-progress for excerpt selection
June 2 – Community reading and discussion of works in progress


FEES AND STIPENDS

This is a no-cost residency. All writers will receive a $100 stipend to cover travel and related expenses.

The residency application requires a fee of $10 to help cover the project administrator’s stipend and judges’ honorariums. A $3 processing fee will be added, if using a credit card. If you’d like to avoid a processing fee, you may pay by check or cash. To do so, please contact us at info@lindenplace.org  Applicants with financial hardship for whom the fee is a barrier are asked to email us at writersresidency@lindenplace.org to discuss reducing and/or waiving the fee.

In line with our mission to serve the community, the reading and discussion event will be free of charge.

COVID-19

Linden Place has remained open during the Covid-19 pandemic with events that have included concerts, art events, a Juneteenth celebration, group tours, weddings, and more. We have been and will remain compliant with all Covid-19 safety recommendations and mandates during the writers’ residency program.   Writers-in-Residence will be vaccinated, as is Linden Place staff. They will be able to take the self-guided tour and work in our spaces at times that are convenient to them and allow the ability to control the amount of people they interface with. They will be provided with masks, if necessary, and hand sanitizer, as well as with access to clean restroom facilities. The mansion where they will be working has many spaces, allowing for ample distancing from others. If working during our visitor hours or interfacing with staff, they will be required to wear a mask.

The community reading and discussion event will be held in our spacious ballroom with social distancing and windows open for airflow. If a resident or attendee has additional concerns, we will find suitable adaptations.

Judging of the entrants’ applications will take place online and over Zoom and, thus, pose no risk to jurors.

ACCESSIBILITY STATEMENT

Linden Place Writers’ Residency is committed to fostering accessibility in all aspects of the program in order to ensure that all writers in our community have the accommodations and support necessary for a successful writing experience.

At present, Linden Place’s self-guided tour is available in both audio and text formats for anyone with visual or hearing impairment. We have wheelchair-accessible bathrooms and our museum’s first floor is accessible via wheelchair ramp. Tours and research related to the 2nd floor will be done via video livestream with the program administrator. Quiet spaces are available for people with anxiety or overstimulation issues. For the community reading event, accommodations can be made for anyone with disabilities that may impede or prevent public speaking, such as anxiety disorders or speech language impairment.

Our goal is to remove all barriers to entry and participation in the program.

RESIDENCY PROGRAM DIRECTOR

The residency program will be administered by Leigh Medeiros, an award-winning screenwriter, two-time RISCA Screenwriting Merit Fellow, and author of The 1-Minute Writer: 396 Microprompts to Spark Creativity and Recharge Your Writing. She has worked in the arts for nearly 30 years. For the past 16 years she has been a writing mentor, coach, and developmental editor for screenwriters and non-fiction authors. Her creative work has been featured in SPIN, The Boston Globe, Outside, Food Network magazine, Uppercase, and Rhode Island Monthly.

QUESTIONS?

Contact Leigh at writersresidency@lindenplace.org.

 


Submissions are currently closed. Thank you for your interest in the 2022 Linden Place Writers' Residency.