The Baltic Writing Residency in Latvia was founded in 2008 in an effort to nurture the literary arts by offering talented individuals both a comfortable and rich cultural environment in which to immerse themselves, and a substantial amount of time in which to begin or further significant projects. Thus, each year, a single poet, playwright, or writer of fiction is offered a month-long residency at the gorgeous Hotel Bergs in historic Riga.
We're happy to announce that The Baltic Writing Residency, Sarabande Books, and Bernheim Arboretum & Research Forest have formed a partnership in sponsoring an annual Writer-in-Residence Program, which will create two separate, 4 to 12 week long Writer-in-Residence positions at Bernheim, a 14,000 acre forest and nature preserve located just outside of Louisville.
2013 Residency Recipient : Wayne Lee Thomas
Wayne Lee Thomas writes fiction, plays, and nonfiction. He's currently at work on the novel Birth of the Okefenokees--for which he received the Baltic Writing Residency in Latvia. His work has been featured in Sudden Stories: The MAMMOTH Book of Miniscule Fiction, Riverteeth, Spitoon, and elsewhere. With John E. Branscum, he is co-editor of Red Holler: Contemporary Appalachian Literature (due out by Sarabande in October, 2013), winner of the Linda Bruckheimer Series in Kentucky Literature. Thomas teaches creative writing at Tusculum College, a small college in northeast Tennessee. He is Editor of The Tusculum Review. You can read interviews with Thomas at WVU’s Creative Writing Blog and Jim Harrington’s Blog for Editors and Publishers.