Fellowship Opportunity

Annie Jacobs, who was editor of our ‘Where is Nature?’ volume and contributed a piece to our recent volume on ‘Boundaries,’ wanted to share the following with our community:

John Fitzpatrick Henry David Thoreau Fellowship at Vermont Studio Center

One fellowship for a poet whose work engages the environment and embodies the life, work, and spirit of Henry David Thoreau.

Fellowship Deadline: June 15, 2012. To apply, visit:  http://www.vermontstudiocenter.org/apply/

Brief Description: Founded by artists in 1984, the Vermont Studio Center is the largest international artists’ and writers’ residency program in the United States, hosting more than 50 visual artists and writers each month from across the country and around the world.

Where: The Vermont Studio Center is located within the village of Johnson, VT, along the banks of the Gihon River in the heart of the northern Green Mountains. Located 35 miles (approximately 1 hour) northeast of Burlington, VT Burlington International Airport (BTV) is the nearest airport.

Lodging: VSC provides each resident with a modest, comfortable room in one of seven large VSC houses in the village of Johnson. Accommodations are in single rooms with shared bathrooms. Houses are simply furnished and bed linens, pillows, blankets, towels, and a weekly linen service is provided. VSC does not offer in-house laundry facilities.

Studio: All Writing Residents are assigned a studio in the Maverick Studios, which opened in January 2007 and is the first new building to be constructed by VSC. Each of the 16 studios overlooks the Gihon River, and comes equipped with a large desk, a surge protector/power strip, a bookshelf, an adjustable-height desk chair, a reading chair, a cork board, a floor lamp, a desk lamp, and individual heat and light controls; the studios are environmentally friendly, wheelchair-accessible, and centrally located on the VSC campus. Maverick Studios include a wireless network for accessing both the internet and a shared printer.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided seven days a week in the dining room by our chef Mark Hallett. Along with daily entrees, the menu includes desserts, soups and a full salad bar. We are not able to provide for special dietary requirements.

Expectations: Studio Center Residencies are open-ended and flexible, allowing residents to shape their time in Johnson in a way that suits their needs, with the focus always on encouraging the development of each artist’s and writer’s distinct and personal creative routine. To further encourage the creative work of its residents, VSC provides the opportunity to share work in readings, open studio tours, and slide shows, and to collaborate in any way that is productive to their process and creative development. The Studio Center’s two distinguished Visiting Writers each month will be available for individual conferences.

— Annie Jacobs

Writing Program Coordinator Vermont Studio Center

writing@vermontstudiocenter.org

Office ph (802) 635-2727 ext. 219

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