Current Residents

Spring 2016

Sandy Dorr

Sandra Dorr lives in western Colorado, the subject of Desert Water, her third book. Her current novel, spanning twelve years in a coastal town in the Tillamook country, has led her back to Oregon, where she lived for a decade, and where, at Sitka, she hopes to finish the book in the landscape that first spoke the language of the story to her. A practicing Buddhist, she has led contemplative writing retreats in wilderness sanctuaries and monasteries over the last 20 years. She's taught widely in the West, directed a writing program at WSU-Vancouver in the 1990s and founded and directed a nonprofit community writers' organization in Grand Junction. Desert Water won The Writer/Rosebud's New Discovery poetry contest and Salt Hill and Colorado Poetry Society prizes; her essays and stories have also won the American Fiction prize, an N.E.H. and two state literature awards, and nine residencies at Yaddo, the Edward Abbey Foundation, Soapstone, Ucross and others. Learn more about Sandy.

Sandy Dorr

Sandy Dorr

Rebecca Forgac

Rebecca Forgac was born in 1987 in Massachusetts. She graduated from New York University in 2010 with a BFA in Painting and English Literature. She has traveled to Iceland, Japan, and across the US for her work, and her paintings, drawings, and ceramics draw from her travels and research into the geologic and cultural timescales of these landscapes. In 2013 Rebecca was nominated "artist-to-watch" by Artforum critic Alex Jovanovich for the "Nominator/Nominee" edition of the online publication Dream the End, and most recently her work has appeared in issue 0 of the British publication Black Mirror. Rebecca currently lives and works in New York. Learn more about Rebecca.

Rebecca Forgac

Rebecca Forgac

Maxim Loskutoff

Maxim Loskutoff was raised in western Montana. His stories have appeared in The Southern Review, The Gettysburg Review, Narrative, and The Chicago Tribune. A graduate of NYU's MFA program, he was the recipient of a Global Writing Fellowship in Abu Dhabi and the M Literary Fellowship in Bangalore. Other honors include the Nelson Algren Award, the Bevel Summers Prize, and fellowships from Writers Omi at Ledig House, Ox-Bow, and Jentel Arts. He has lived in more than a dozen cities across the world and worked as a carpenter, field organizer, bookseller, and creative writing teacher, among many other things. Learn more about Maxim.

Maxim Loskutoff

Maxim Loskutoff

Heather McMordie

Heather McMordie is an artist and printmaker based in Philadelphia, PA. A graduate of The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and The University of Pennsylvania, Heather finds inspiration for her artwork in Philadelphia's landscapes and soils. Heather's complex layered prints and drawings explore the relationship between the printmaking process and geological processes, and have been exhibited at The Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia's City Hall, and The Morris Arboretum. When not making art, Heather is most likely running in Philadelphia's Wissahickon Valley, stopping occasionally to observe the soils and unusual geologic formations. Learn more about Heather.

Heather McMordie

Heather McMordie

Alison Melville

Toronto-born ALISON MELVILLE began her musical life by playing the recorder in a school classroom in London (UK). Her subsequent career has taken her across North America and to New Zealand, Iceland, Japan and Europe. A member of the Toronto Consort and Ensemble Polaris, and Artistic Director of the Bird Project, she appears regularly with Tafelmusik and collaborates in many other artistic endeavours. Some highlights include playing for The Tudors, CBC-TV's The Friendly Giant, and Atom Egoyan's The Sweet Hereafter; solo shows in inner-city London (UK) schools; shows in sunny southern Spain; and, oh yes, a summer of concerts in Ontario prisons. Alison has been heard on CBC/R-C, BBC, RNZ, NPR, Iceland's RUV, and on over 55 CDs. She taught for many years at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and is currently on faculty at the University of Toronto and Wilfrid Laurier University. Learn more about Alison.

Alison Melville

Alison Melville

Linda Wiener

Linda Wiener is an entomologist and philosopher who has worked in academic science, museums,and teaching organic farming and non-toxic pest control in places as far flung as the Nilgiri Mountains of India and Zapatista communities in Chiapas, Mexico.  Recent projects include finding and drawing 483 species of insects and spiders on the juniper trees in her backyard, and a study of artistic expression in animals.  She has a small business called The Bug Lady and has been a tutor, teaching the great books at St. John's College in Santa Fe, NM for 30 years.  During this time she has been an ardent keeper of field notebooks in which she contemplates the natural world through drawing, description, and the occasional Haiku.

Linda Wiener

Linda Wiener