Saranac Lake, NY – The Adirondack Center for Writing is thrilled to announce this year’s selected residents for the Anne LaBastille Writers Residency, taking place in the first two weeks of October at the Lodge at Twitchell Lake. The application process is highly competitive, and each year it continues to demonstrate the immense talent of writing in the area and beyond. Our devoted judges reviewed the work of each applicant and this year’s selected writers are listed below.

Join us for a reading with the residents on October 13 at 2pm. The event is free and open to the public. Snacks and drinks will be served. Contact ACW for directions and to RSVP at [email protected] or by phone at 518-354-1261.

Fiction 

Tyler Barton is the author of GET EMPTY, which won the Split Lip Press 2017 Turnbuckle Chapbook Contest. His short stories are forthcoming in The Iowa Review, Kenyon Review, and Outlook Springs. As a co-founder of the literary organization Fear No Lit, he plans off-beat literary events and hosts the series, “Learning How to Reading.” He lives in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where he works as the Education Manager at the North Museum of Nature And Science. Find more at tsbarton.com or at @goftyler

Casey Quinn grew up just south of the blue line in Clinton New York. Quinn has led a fairly nomadic life in the past years, living in Los Angeles, Boston and New York before recently returning to Central New York. Along his travels, he has received scholarships and fellowships from Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Sewanee Writers’ Conference, Community of Writers at Squaw Valley, The Edward F. Albee Foundation and Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.

Nonfiction

Doug Deenan, while living in New York City, his partner and he found a piece of land in the Adirondacks on a rushing river. They fell in love with the area instantly. They bought an Adirondack gift and book store (featuring the work of local authors, artists and jewelers), which he has had the pleasure of running for twelve years. Deenan still work in the big city during TV ratings periods. A freelance writer/producer, he creates twenty and thirty second commercials promoting news and programming for the country’s most watched TV station.

Deenan sees the family, friends and characters he has known as gifts that keep on giving (providing content he could never make up), inspiring him to write non-fiction. They’re simply human, but he finds their eccentricities, contradictions, heart, humor and absurdities endlessly fascinating and instructive. Deenan struggles to carve out spare time to work on a growing collection of non-fiction short stories based on these people and how they deal with issues of sexuality, race, mental health, death, food, travel, possessions and belief.

Kelli Hadfield Faherty was born and raised in New York state, has a BS in Criminal Justice from Northeastern University, and completed her MFA in Creative Nonfiction at the University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast MFA program. On her blogwww.narragansettnumber7.com, she has been known to write about the humor and trials that go hand in hand with parenting. Kelli lives in Massachusetts with her husband, three children, and an uncharacteristically mellow Jack Russell Terrier.

Poetry

Ginseng MacKay-Tisbert is an alum from SUNY Plattsburgh’s English Writing degree program. She lives in Vermont currently and is a mother and a caregiver.

Lauren Whitehead is a writer, performer and MFA recipient in Dramaturgy (Columbia University). She writes in several forms including poetry, nonfiction, adaptations and drama. Her writings have been published in Apogee Journal, Winter Tangerine, HEArt Online Journal and in selected anthologies including Break Beat Poets, Vol. 2: Black Girl Magic. Most recently, Lauren adapted Ta-Nehisi Coates’ award winning memoir, “Between the World and Me,” for staging at the Apollo Theater and the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts (Dir. Kamilah Forbes). She was playwright/adapter of “Three Sisters: Tulsa 1921” (The Secret Theater) and she directed “How Bodies Reclaim Light” at New York Live Arts. Her own play, “stunning, still” was in residency at Vineyard Art Project and had a public reading at Naked Angels. Last fall, Lauren originated the leading role of “Un/Sung” in the opera “We Shall Not Be Moved” which she has performed at the Wilma Theater, the Apollo Theater and at the Stadsschouwburg Theater in Amsterdam (Dir. Bill T. Jones). Lauren is a Sundance Theater Lab Fellow and she has worked as a dramaturg at Hedgebrook and at The Denver Center for Performing Arts. Her work as a writing coach will be featured in the forthcoming documentary, “Don’t Be Nice”. She teaches dramaturgy and playwriting at The New School in New York.

For more about the Adirondack Center for Writing and their other projects and events, visit www.adirondackcenterforwriting.org.