so so happy to finally be able to announce that next month, i’ll be living as a writer-in-residence at surel’s place in garden city, idaho! surel’s place is a non-profit artist in residency program that offers the incredible opportunity for artists to live and work in a beautiful home for an entire month, free of charge, and teach classes to the wider community. i can’t wait to take some new workshops up to idaho, work on this impossible and chaotic performance novel, and be in the cold again!
it’s really interesting to think about what it takes to be a writer and stay alive right now. residencies can be a big part of securing a writer’s cv for academic positions, as well as making their books more attractive to publishers. surel’s place offers fully funded residencies, but rarely is anything in this world free of cost, and with travel and cost of materials and the time i’m having to take off work, it’s really clear that a year ago, without my current job i’m lucky to have (a tech job that’s letting me take a month off as paid, unlimited vacation time), i wouldn’t have been able to make this work. every day i think more and more about who gets to do shit like this. i’m a white, cis, able-bodied, single person with a fuck ton of education and a job that pays far above minimum wage and offers competitive health care. i’ve had a lot of legs up. it’s more important now than it ever has been to work on ways to make this whole process more equitable, starting with the true costs of residencies. lots of ideas cooped up in my head that need letting out.