Fellowships for Creative and Performing Artists and Writers

The American Antiquarian Society (AAS), a national research library and learned society of American history and culture, is calling for applications for visiting fellowships for historical research by creative and performing artists, writers, film makers, journalists, and other persons whose goals are to produce imaginative, non-formulaic works dealing with pre-twentieth-century American history. Successful applicants are those whose work is for the general public rather than for academic or educational audiences. The Society’s goal in sponsoring this program is to multiply and improve the ways in which an understanding of history is communicated to the American people.

Fellowship projects may include (but are not limited to):

  • historical novels
  • performance of historical music or drama
  • poetry
  • documentary films
  • television programs
  • radio broadcasts
  • plays
  • libretti
  • screenplays
  • magazine or newspaper articles
  • costume designs
  • set designs
  • illustrations and other graphic arts
  • book designs
  • sculpture
  • paintings
  • other works of fine and applied art
  • nonfiction works of history designed for general audiences of adults
    or children

The fellowships will provide the recipients with the opportunity for a period of uninterrupted research, reading, and collegial discussion at the Society, located in Worcester, Massachusetts. At least three fellowships will be awarded for residence of four weeks at the Society at any time during the period January 1 through December 31.

For fellows who reside on campus in the Society’s scholars’ housing, located next to the main library building, the stipend will have the room fee deducted from the $1850 stipend. (Room fees range from $700 to $500 per month.)

The stipend will be $1,850 for fellows residing off campus. Fellows will not be paid a travel allowance.

Funding for this program began with a grant to AAS from the Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Fund. Additional funding for the awards is derived from income from endowments established by the Robert and Charlotte Baron Fellowship, William Randolph Hearst Foundation, and Jay and Deborah Last.

Found at http://www.americanantiquarian.org/artistfellowship.htm.

REGISTER NOW: NHWP’s Critique Partner Match

Here is a different type of writing grant program for you….

What is NHWP’s Critique Partner Match?

NHWP matches writers seeking critique partners. You can apply to be paired with a fellow writer for peer editing, critique, and commentary. Once matched, we encourage you and your partner to meet regularly (a minimum of four times over the course of the four month cycle) in order to share and give comment on your current projects. That’s it! Participate to meet a fellow writer, engage creatively, and receive some useful feedback on your writing!

How much does it cost?

This program is entirely free to all NHWP members as a benefit of membership. Not a member? Check us out. Also, non-members can pay $20 to participate in the program per four month cycle.

How do you sign up?

To apply, fill out the APPLICATION FORM including contact details and some information about the sort of project for which you are seeking a critique partner. Depending on the applications, writers will be paired with someone from their home (or adjacent) New Hampshire county.

Have questions about this new opportunity for NHWP members? Contact NHWP’s Writing Critique Partner Match coordinator Gary Devore.

Found at http://nhwritersproject.org/content/register-now-nhwps-critique-partner-match-autumn-2014.

Wholesome Terror Pre-order

Wholesome Terror coverCOMING 10/22/14 Pre-order at Amazon

The sheer terror of hope has been dissected and repackaged as standard rhymes, experimental verse, and other poetic forms in order to rendition the reader blissfully numb. These are poems that contain elements of eroticism, satire, political commentary, and horror wherein the reader need not wonder how many times can Lady Lazarus be resurrected after waterboarding, because they find themselves acting as her proxy in this endeavor. Wholesome Terror is a savage, hydrophobic dog of a book curled up with the reader’s throat comfortably within reach.

Looking for a poet who hasn’t been dead 150 years to share your Halloween with? Try this book in Kindle format now!

Café Tissardmine Artists & Writers Residency in Morocco

In May 2010, English born, Australian artist Karen Hadfield bought a run down desert dwelling in the Moroccan Sahara 30kms SE of Erfoud near the natural wonder, Erg Chebbi, a giant sand dune stretching 20kms south.  With much help from the local Berber population, Karen turned this ruin into a three bedroom house, a bivouac that sleeps eight in traditional berber tents, plenty of places to relax in the shade and two small outbuildings for use as studios.

Cafe Tissardmine is the perfect location for artists to get away from it all. Tissardmine offers artists studio space and accommodation with full board. As every person will have different requirements, get in touch (email is best) and they will be happy to discuss with you what you want to achieve and help you get the most out of your experience.

From September 2011, Tissardmine also offers writing retreats in a range of styles, lead by published authors, for anyone with a desire to write. The content of each retreat will be different. Check with Karin for possibilitites.

Technical information:

Not all disciplines are practical in the Sahara – for example it is not a place for internet based research. It is a place to recharge and inspire.

Accommodation information:

Cafe Tissardmine is powered by Solar energy and brings water from a well in the nearby oasis. Living is basic and run as traditionally as possible with a few luxuries, like bed linen, hot water and good pillows. The weather is, in the main, warm to cool, calm and bright but with occasional sandstorms and even rain.

At its most hot during summer (July and August) when the temperatures soar to over 50, Tissardmine is closed!

For application information please visit http://www.transartists.org/air/caf%C3%A9-tissardmine.

Devil Entendre Preorder

Devil Entendre book coverCOMING 10/15/14 Pre-order at Amazon

Are there moments in your past you ignore…pretend never happened…moments you hide from yourself and others? What if the only thing imbuing our past with a sense of dread and terror is the fact that our future is based on it? And every evil incident has given the devil a foothold to step inside and make himself at home in our hearts. Be it a secret vice, a childhood trauma, or disturbing holiday traditions, Devil Entendre is a Petri dish in which the dark moments of our lives are allowed to evolve unencumbered. In addition to previously published novellas and stories this collection includes work that has never been in print before.

Looking for the perfect way to corrupt your mind this Halloween? Give Devil Entendre a try!

AIMA Retreat in Turkey

AIMA Retreat offers artists, writers and all creative individuals a peaceful, inspiring atmosphere directly on the sea where they can begin, pursue or accomplish their work. They welcome people of all ages and nationalities, and at all stages of their professional development.

AIMA’s aim is to encourage artistic exploration, nurture creative thought, and create bonds between diverse thinkers. Among the main ideals of AIMA, is to create a field of cultural influence by taking small steps, to create an environment where all residents may have the opportunity to think and broaden their cultural perspectives via art.

Technical information:

The main floor consists of a large living room which can be used as a small concert space with 65 seats capacity; an office where 3 people can work; a large terrace and a big garden and cafe on the sea. A permanent staff member is responsible for the building’s maintenance and also responsible for helping the AIMA Project Coordination team during residencies and activities. The building also has phone, fax, Cable internet, wi-fi, computer, printer facilities. An LCD TV, a projector, a music player, 2 baby grand pianos, 2 upright pianos and 2 electric pianos and musica stands are also available for use.

Studio information:

Writers, poets, actors, musicians can use any room in the residency as working space.There are 3 large and independent halls giving possibility for individual and group practice. The huge garden, terrace and the quay also used for practice.

Accommodation information:

The estate comprises a 450 square meter footprint with a huge Mediterranean style garden and a quay right by the sea. The Academy Café is also established by the quay and giving service. The 3 story building comprises 6 studios, 2 single and 4 double. There are 2 bathrooms and 2 WC’s. There is one ensuite bathroom in the bedrooms. 12 people accommodate at once. There are 3 large and independent halls giving possibility for individual and group practice.

For application details visit http://www.transartists.org/air/aima-retreat.

Bizarro Across America Day 3

John is as tall as the Washington Monument
Photo copyright © 2014 Mykle Hansen

Thank you to everyone who has supported authors Mykle Hansen, Violet LeVoit, and myself as the tour traveled up through Virginia and Washington, DC! You can read all about the perils and triumphs of these touring authors over at the Entropy Mag tour diary maintained my Mykle.

Also, don’t forget to come see what happens when G. Arthur Brown joins us at The Copycat in Baltimore, Maryland tonight! The event starts at 7, and is located in the Copycat Building / Gallery, 1511 Guilford Ave, Baltimore, MD

While I have your attention let me just say the Discouraging at Best Goodreads giveaway is over…congrats, Stormy, hope you enjoy the book! In the meantime you can still enter to win copies of The Troublesome Amputee and Last Burn in Hell at https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/103240-the-troublesome-amputee and https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/104990-last-burn-in-hell-director-s-cut. Peace!

The man your librarian warned you about…


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