FCFWA Announces the Wolff Cottage Residency Award for 2017
October 2016--Robin Throne
Robin is a recipient of the David R. Collins literary achievement award, and the literary fiction award from the Writer's Well for her debut novel, Her Kind. Her work has appeared in The New Poet Journal, Tipton Poetry Journal, Gypsy Cab, Mankato Poetry Review, North Coast Review, Split Lip Magazine and Crab Fat Literary Magazine among many others. Robin lives in Rock Island, IL.
November 2016--Randal Arthur
Randal was a missionary in Norway and Germany for more than 20 years. During that time he became a strong critic of Christian “legalism,” which led him into a successful writing career. He has authored four novels, the best-selling Wisdom Hunter , Jordan Crossing, Betrayal and Forgotten Road. Randal presently lives in Stockbridge, GA.
December 2016--Consuelo Marshall
For four and a half years, Consuelo Marshall served as director of development for Arts Council Silicon Valley, one of the largest nonprofit arts councils in California. She is the former poetry editor of ARTLIFE Magazine. Her poems have appeared in Convergence, Poetry Zone Poets, Verdad, RipRap, Bank Heavy Press and The Packing House. She currently lives in Carrboro, NC.
January 2017--Tana Jean Welch
Tana Jean Welch is the author of Latest Volcano, winner of the 2015 Marsh Hawk Press Poetry Prize. Welch earned her MFA in Poetry from San Diego State University and her PhD in Literature from Florida State University. Her poems have appeared in journals including The Southern Review, The Gettysburg Review, Prairie Schooner, and the anthology Best New Poets. Born and raised in Fresno, California, she currently lives in Tallahassee where she is Assistant Professor of Medical Humanities at the Florida State University College of Medicine
February -March 2017--A.J.B Johnston
A.J.B. Johnston is a Canadian writer who works in three disciplines: fiction, history and interpretive writing for exhibits. John completed a doctorate in History at the Université Laval in Québec City. He worked for Parks Canada as a staff historian at the Fortress of Louisbourg. For his body of work on French Colonial history in Atlantic Canada, the French Republic made John a chevalier of its Ordre des Palmes Académiques. John has authored three novels that explore the interplay of ambition, longing and betrayal in 18th c. Britain, France and Canada: Thomas, A Secret Life, The Maze, and Crossings. John lives with his wife in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
April 2017--Diana Spechler
Diana Spechler is the author of the novels Who by Fire and Skinny, and of the New York Times column Going Off. She has written for Harper's, the Wall Street Journal, Paris Review Daily, Tin House Open Bar, GQ, Esquire, and other publications. In 2015, she won the creative nonfiction prize from A Room of Her Own Foundation and Flavorwire named her one of "50 Writers You Need To See Read Live." She teaches for Stanford University's Online Writers' Studio, Cedar Crest College's Pan- European Low-Residency MFA program, and the Wounded Warrior Project. Her nonfiction book based on her New York Times column is forthcoming from Crown.
May 2017--Rose McLarney
Rose McLarney's is the author of Its Day Being Gone (winner of the National Poetry Series award in 2014) and The Always Broken Plates of Mountains. She was Dartmouth Poet in Residence at the Frost Place and received the Chaffin Award. Rose is currently Assistant Poetry Professor at Auburn University and Editor of The Southern Humanities Review. A native or North Carolina, Rose now resides in Auburn, Al.
June-July 2017--Elan Barnehama
Elan Barnehama is the author of the novel Finding Bluefield. He has written several screenplays--Just Making Change, a romantic comedy, set in a rust-belt prison, was selected as a Special Mention 2012 Table Read My Screenplay competition—and his essays and commentaries have appeared on public radio, the web, and newspapers—including Huffington Post (where he is a regular contributor), Gay Voices and Writer’s Digest. Elan has taught writing and literature at several colleges, been the writer for a university president, led community-based writing workshops, taught high school and coached high school varsity baseball. Elan lives in Brighton, MA.
August 2017--Leslie Pietzyk
Leslie has published two novels, Pears on a Willow Tree and A Year and a Day, as well as the short story collection This Angel On My Chest, which won the 2015 Drue Heinz Literature Prize. Her short fiction and essays have appeared in more than fifty journals and magazines, including The Gettysburg Review, The Iowa Review, New England Review, and The Sun. She lives in Alexandria, Virginia and teaches in the Masters in Writing program at Johns Hopkins University, as well as the Low-Res MFA at Converse College.
Featured as one of “the greatest up-and-coming fiction writers today” in the Amazon description of Best Short Stories from The Saturday Evening Post Great American Fiction Contest 2014, Kendall Klym is a first-prize winner of the Puerto del Sol Fiction Contest, grand-prize winner of the Astra Arts Festival Writing Contest, runner-up prizewinner of the Howard Frank Mosher Short Story Contest, second prizewinner of the Writer's Digest Short Story Contest, and honorable mention winner of two of The Saturday Evening Post Great American Fiction contests. He has published short stories in Cooweescoowee, Bryant Literary Review, Puerto del Sol, the Broad River Review, and Hunger Mountain, and poetry in The French Literary Review, Cottonwood, Flycatcher, and Thorny Locust. Klym received a Ph.D. in Creative Writing from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, in 2010. A former professional ballet dancer, he teaches English at Kennesaw State University outside of Atlanta.
November-December--Mary Frances Coady
Mary Frances Coady was born in Saskatchewan and raised in Alberta. She now lives in Toronto. Her short work has appeared in The Antigonish Review, The Dalhousie Review, The Fiddlehead, Whetstone, Commonweal, and other publications. She has taught at Centennial College, York University, Sheridan College, and now teaches professional communication at Ryerson University in Toronto. She also works as an editor and creative writing instructor. Her non-fiction books include Merton and Waugh: A Monk, A Crusty Old Man, and The Seven Storey Mountain, the acclaimed Georges and Pauline Vanier:
Portrait of a Couple and With Bound Hands. Her fiction includes the short-story collection The Practice of Perfection and her just-released novel Holy Rule.