Dora Maar Fellowship

The Brown Foundation Fellows Program at the Dora Maar House is made possible through a grant from the Brown Foundation, Inc., in Houston. The program has been directed by the MFAH since 2006.

What Is Expected of a Fellow?

The MFAH wants you to enjoy the opportunities this remarkable residence affords, and to use your time well. Fellows are encouraged to offer suggestions on how the museum can improve the fellowship program in the future.

As a Dora Maar fellow, you are expected to be friendly toward the citizens of Ménerbes and to make one public presentation to them. Each fellow is required to donate to Dora Maar House one drawing, publication, or other work created during the residency. The MFAH asks that you recognize The Brown Foundation Fellows Program at the Dora Maar House in the acknowledgments of any publication resulting from your fellowship.

There is a $10 application fee for a Dora Maar fellowship. The MFAH provides travel expenses to and from the house at the beginning and end of the residency as well as reasonable shipping costs for materials such as books, research files, and art supplies. The equivalent of $50 a day is provided for living expenses. Proof that a fellow has all the necessary documents, such as passports and visas, must be provided to the MFAH at least two months prior to the residency date. The Dora Maar House is a nonsmoking environment. Fellows have the use of a large, fully equipped communal kitchen. No meal service is provided. Each fellow has a private studio, bathroom, and bedroom with a king-size bed. Dora Maar staff maintains the residence and changes the bed linens weekly. Personal services, such as laundry, are not provided.

Fellows may bring a car, or rent a car at their own expense. Transportation can be provided for medical emergencies and occasional trips to the market, but fellows should understand that daily transportation needs are their own responsibility. Calls within France can be made on house telephones. A cell phone and €30 worth of phone units will be provided upon request. Medical facilities in Ménerbes are limited. There is a village doctor, but the nearest hospital is 20 kilometers away. If you require routine doctor visits or have a medical condition that could require emergency care, inform the director in advance of your arrival.

Brown Foundation Fellows, who are not French citizens and who are staying at the Dora Maar House, must show proof of medical and liability insurance valid in France with minimum coverage levels established by the program’s insurance advisors. Or they must purchase insurance arranged for by the program at the cost in US dollars of $150.

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Devil Entendre Published!

Devil Entendre book cover

My horror themed collection Devil Entendre has finally been released. This book collects short stories and novelettes published over the last dozen years centered around the theme of corruption, with a few unpublished works thrown in as a bonus. From the back of the book:

“This collection of horror stories asks: 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.”

Not only is Devil Entendre available in Kindle format, but if you are a member of Kindle Unlimited or Amazon Prime you can read the book for free. Another freebie for those in reading groups is the downloadable reading guide which can be accessed at

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Paramourn Has Been Published!


Paramourn: Unfortunate Romances was published recently in Kindle format. Paramourn is a collection of bizarro, horrible, and funny erotic short fiction. While half of the book was previously published in anthologies and magazines the other half proved to be a bit too much for the publishers out there. For a sample you can read a free story on the Paramourn page here at my site, or you can read first 15 pages through Amazon’s Look Inside the Book feature.

So, what exactly is this collection? It’s full of hyper-heterosexual, hyper-genderqueer, paranormal, literary, surreal novelettes, short stories, and flash fiction. One story was published in the legendary Cthulhu Sex Magazine, while others appeared in Amoret, (the old one), Crown of Bones, and RAW: Brutality as Art. In other words the stories are up to a dozen years old. They were fun to write, and ended up being some of my most abnormal work to date. Your Halloween goody bag won’t be complete without this one!

Take a look at Paramourn: Unfortunate Romances on Amazon.

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.

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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.

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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!

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The man your librarian warned you about…


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