Present and Former Creative and Performing Artist and Writer Fellows
The American Antiquarian Society offers Creative and Performing Artists and Writers Fellowships for people who are creating works of art or non-fiction in any discipline designed for general, non-academic audiences.
Listed below are the people who have been awarded fellowships since the program's inception in 1995.
Annie Bissett (Last) is a printmaker from Northampton, Massachusetts. She will conduct research for a project about the spirituality/religiosity of American national identity. She plans to create a series of woodblock prints, with some perhaps bound into book form.
Stephanie Carpenter (Hearst) is a fiction writer from Hancock, Michigan. Her research project is entitled "Many and Wide Separations: Two Novellas" which focuses on professional female artists in New England in the mid-nineteenth century. The novel will feature the impact of Margaret Fuller’s death on her fictional heroine. Stephanie was an Artist Alternate in 2012 and has come and worked in the library.
Erin Lyons (Hearst) is a writer from Washington, DC. Her project is to conduct research for historical novel about Anne Hutchinson and Massachusetts Bay Colony, from 1630-1638, told from the point of view of a servant girl. Erin was an alternate last year and an Artist in Residence this past September.
Sara Smith (Baron) is a choreographer from Greenfield, Massachusetts. She will conduct research for a movement-theatre piece about the life and work of a fictional 19th century geologist and prophet, drawing on geology, quantum physics, transcendentalism, and philosophy.
Jeanne Schinto (Baron) is a writer and journalist who lives in Andover, Massachusetts. She will conduct research for 3-part series about the Walpole Society which will appear in the magazine Maine Antique Digest.
Meganne Fabrega (Jay and Deborah Last Fellow) is a non-fiction writer from Portsmouth, New Hampshire, who is writing a book about the Amy Ella Blanchard (1856-1926) and Ida Waugh (1846-1919) who together published hundreds of books, together and separately, mainly directed toward and about girls in the late nineteenth century.
Carolyn Kras (William Randolph Hearst Fellow) is a screenwriter living in Los Angeles, California. She will conduct research for a television series entitled Windy City about Chicago immediately after the Great Fire of 1871.
Margaret Rozga (Charlotte and Robert Baron Fellow) is a poet from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She will conduct research for a collection of poems about Jesse Benton Frémont (1824-1902), who along with her husband, John Charles Frémont, was a leader in settling California.
Sarah Stern (William Randolph Hearst Fellow) is a playwright from Red Hook, New York. She will research eighteenth-century New York politics and theater/performance culture for a play tentatively titled The Spectators.
Holly M. Wendt (Charlotte and Robert Baron Fellow) is a novelist from Casper, Wyoming. She will conduct research for her novel The Oak and Holly King about the exploits of the pirate Samuel “Black Sam” Bellamy whose ship, the Whydah, was sunk off the Massachusetts Coast in the early 1700s.
Amina Gautier (William Randolph Hearst Creative Artist Fellow) is a scholar and a fiction writer living in Chicago, Illinois. She received her B.A. and M.A.in English from Stanford University and a second M.A. and the Ph. D. from the University of Pennsylvania. She is currently an assistant professor of English at DePaul University. Her collection of short stories At Risk; (University of Georgia Press, 2011) won the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction and has been widely praised by critics. She has won the Crazyhorse Editor's Prize for Fiction for her story "Candidate" and the Lamar York Prize in Fiction, Chattahoochee Review for her story "Bodega." In 2012, she was also the Walter E. Dakin Fellow at the Sewanee Writer's Conference in Sewanee, Tennessee. Her stories have appeared in the Antioch Review, the Iowa Review, the Kenyon Review, Shenandoah and Southern Review to name a few. At the American Antiquarian Society, she plans to research a historical novel that explores racial prejudice in the antebellum reform movement.
Aimee Parkison (William Randolph Hearst Creative Artist Fellow) is a poet and fiction writer from Charlotte, North Carolina who earned her B.A. from Oklahoma State University and her M.F.A. from Cornell University. She is currently an associate professor in the English Department of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Her published books include Woman with Dark Horses (Starcherone Press, 2004), and The Innocent Party (BOA Editions, Ltd., 2012). Her work has appeared widely in such publications as The Literary Review, The Tusculum Review, North American Review, American Literary Review, Briar Cliff Review, PMS (poem memoir story) Nimrod International Journal and the California Quarterly to name just a few. An original historical literary novel, The Dumb Supper, is the subject of her research here at AAS. Set in nineteenth century Concord, Massachusetts the novel focuses on the lives of four young women of marriageable age who meet their potential mates at an adult dinner where no one is allowed to speak but must communicate their needs and desires to each other and their hostess through nonverbal communication.
Melissa Range (Robert and Charlotte Baron Creative Artist Fellow), originally from East Tennessee, is a poet now living in Columbia, Missouri. Range is a Ph.D. candidate in English at the University of Missouri. She also holds a B.A. from the University of Tennessee, an M.F.A. from Old Dominion University, and an M.T.S. from Candler School of Theology at Emory University. Her first book of poems, Horse and Rider (Texas Tech University Press, 2010), won the 2010 Walt McDonald Prize in Poetry and was a finalist for the 2011 Kate Tufts Discovery Prize. Range is the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award, a “Discovery” / The Nation prize, and fellowships from Yaddo, the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. Her poems have appeared in 32 Poems, The Georgia Review, The Hudson Review, Image, New England Review, The Paris Review, and other journals. Her project at the American Antiquarian Society will explore abolitionist publications for a poetry project currently titled Emancipator.
Lynn Thomson (Robert and Charlotte Baron Creative Artist Fellow) is a theater director and dramaturg from New York City. She received her B.A. from the University of Michigan, a M.F.A. from Temple University, and the Ph.D. from New York University. She is the founding artistic director of America-in-Play, a theater company that creates new plays based upon historical American plays and theatrical conventions. She is also a professor in the theater department of Brooklyn College. She was associated with the Philadelphia Theater Company from 1984-1994 first as associate artistic director and then as artistic associate. From 1991-95, she served as dramaturg for the Circle Repertory Company in New York. She has directed plays for off-Broadway and regional theater companies throughout the country including: the Cherry Lane Theater, Hudson Guild Theater, Theatre Four, Living Image Arts, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, The Playwrights Center and Playwrights Horizons. At AAS, she plans to research theatre and American life in and around 1828 for a production of a new play entitled The Time Traveler’s Trip to Niagara Falls.
Stephanie Wolff (Deborah and Jay Last Fellow) is a book artist from Norwich, Vermont. She received her B.S. from the University of Vermont and her M.A.L.S. from Dartmouth College. She maintains a hand bookbinding and book artist studio in Vermont while also being an instructor in the Book Arts Program and an assistant conservator at Dartmouth College. She has exhibited at the Chandler Center for the Arts Gallery, the University of Florida Libraries, Chicago Public Library, Oberlin College Library, The Free Library of Philadelphia, Smith College, and the Providence Athenaeum, among many others. Her research at the Society will concentrate on the twelve diaries of Anna Blackwood Howell (1769-1855) to explore the phenomenon of weather both in historic terms and its place in modern life.
Nancy Bowen was awarded a Jay and Deborah Last Fellowship for work with visual materials. Her project is a visual and textual study of the Society’s extensive Almanac Collection and the Farber Gravestone Collection to enrich a series of her collages, titled “Angels and Almanacs.” Bowen is a mixed media artist from Brooklyn, New York. She is an associate professor at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Purchase, N.Y. and holds an M.F.A. degree from Hunter College and a B.F.A. from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has had a distinguished career as an artist, with solo and group exhibitions spanning thirty-one years. Bowen received sculpture fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts. She was a resident at the MacDowell Colony and Yaddo as well as a visiting artist at the American Academy in Rome. Her latest exhibitions at the Maass Gallery at Purchase College, the Peeler Art Gallery of DePauw University and the Moore College of Art Gallery in Philadelphia included sculpture, drawing and collages inspired by items from her family home in New England.
Deborah Brevoort was awarded a Robert and Charlotte Baron Fellowship. Her project is a historical play about George and Martha Washington and the role of fashion in shaping the American identity. Brevoort is a playwright from North Bergen, N.J. Her full-length play, The Women of Lockerbie won the Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays Award and a silver medal in the Onassis International Playwriting competition. Another play, The Blue-Sky Boys about NASA’s Apollo engineers was researched and written with a commission from the EST/Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Science & Technology Project and won the Galileo Prize. Her musical, Coyote Goes Salmon Fishing with composer Scott Richards received the 2001 Frederick Loewe Award and was optioned for Broadway production by Stuart Ostrow. Carpenter holds M.F.A. degrees in playwriting from Brown University and in musical theatre from New York University; an M.A. in political science and a B.A. in English from Kent State University.
Ansel Elkins was awarded a William Randolph Hearst Fellowship. Her project is a book-length collection of poems tentatively titled Fearful Symmetry, which explores the private lives of nineteenth-century conjoined twins Change and Eng Bunker and Millie-Christine McKoy. Elkins holds an M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a B.A from Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, NC. She is recipient of a North Carolina Arts Council Artist Fellowship, was writer-in-residence at Hedgebrook on Whidbey Island, WA and was poetry editor at The Greensboro Review. She is winner of the “Discovery” Boston Review Poetry Prize and the Nazim Hikmet Poetry Competition. Her poems have been published in numerous journals; “Ghost at My Door” was featured in Best New Poets, “Reverse: A Lynching” in Boston Review and “Tennessee Williams on Art & Sex” in The Believer.
Anne Harley also was awarded a William Randolph Hearst Fellowship. Her project will gather primary resources on Mother Lee, the founder of the Shakers, to compose a libretto and commission a song cycle for performance and recording. Additionally, she will research early American song repertoire in hymnals, sheet music and songsters to create a recital of early American music that illuminates the cultural landscape of America in the early 1800s. Harley is a soprano and stage director in Claremont, CA where she is assistant professor of the Music Department at Scripps College. She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts, historical performance and a Masters of Music, voice performance from Boston University and a B.A. in comparative literature from Yale College. Harley’s international career in performance includes groups such as Boston Camerata; she is a soloist and ensemble member who performed in the world premiere of “Borrowed Light,” American traditional Shaker music. Her role as Margaret Mead in “A House in Bali” by Evan Ziporyn premiered in Ubud, Bali. Among her numerous other solo and concert performances were two medieval programs while in residency in Reims, France and a solo concert in Osnago, Italy with Milano Classica Orchestra.
Catherine Reid was also awarded a Robert and Charlotte Baron Fellowship. Her project is an extended work of creative nonfiction tentatively titled 13 Travels with William Bartram on the life and writings of the eighteenth century author. Reid is an essayist in Asheville, NC where she is an assistant professor at Warren Wilson College. She holds a Ph.D. in English from Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL., an M.A. in English from the University of Maine in Orono, ME and a B.A. from Goddard College in Plainfield, VT. Reid is author of Coyote: Seeking the Hunter in our Midst, a memoir that interweaves personal and natural history. She is co-editor with Holly Inglesias of His Hands, His Tools, His Sex, His Dress, and Every Woman I’ve Ever Loved. Her essay, “And After a Sweet Singing Fall Down,” was published in The Georgia Review and numerous other essays have been published in journals including Whole Terrain and Platte Valley Review. Additionally, she has published short fiction, poetry and book reviews.
Mary Beth Ellis was awarded a Jay and Deborah Last Fellowship for work with visual materials. She is a creative non-fiction writer from Mobile, Alabama. Ms. Ellis holds B.A. degrees in English and Political Science from Saint Mary’s College and an M.F.A. in Nonfiction Writing from Bennington College. She is the author of Drink to the Lasses (Cold Tree Press, 2006) and her essay “The Waltz” appeared in Twentysomething Essays by Twentysomething Authors: The Best New Voices of 2006 (Random House, 2006) She is a former contributor to Dish Pronto, JamsBio, and FreelanceSwitch.com. Other credits include Smithsonian Air & Space, the Cincinnati Enquirer, Weber: The Contemporary West, and Notre Dame Magazine. Her project at AAS will be to research eighteenth century broadsides for a comparative study of eighteenth-century politics and print culture and contemporary web-based politics.
Lisa Hayes was awarded a Robert and Charlotte Baron Fellowship. She is an actress and playwright from Bowie, Maryland. Hayes studied at the Joan White English Theatre School in London holds a B.A. in Drama from the University of Washington in Seattle, a M.A. in Humanities and a Ph.D. in American Studies both from the University at Buffalo, State University of New York. She has created and performed in two one-woman shows; Jane Eyre and Nurse! both of which have toured extensively throughout the United States and Europe. Her extensive credits as an actress include creating the role of "Rachel" in Arlene Hutton's As It Is In Heaven and appearances on All My Children and One Life to Live. At AAS, she will conduct research for a series of museum theater presentations about Colonial America that will be performed at the Accokeek Foundation’s National Colonial Farm, a living history museum in Maryland, where Ms. Hayes is Director of Education and Public Programs.
Kelle Groom was awarded a William Randolph Hearst Fellowship. She is a poet and memoirist from New Smyrna Beach, Florida. She holds both a B.A. in English and a M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Central Florida. The first volume of her memoir I Wore the Ocean in the Shape of a Girl will be published by The Free Press/Simon & Schuster in 2011. She has published three books of poetry all by the Anhinga Press: Underwater City, Luckily, and Five Kingdoms. Additionally, her poems have appeared in: Bloomsbury Review, The London Magazine, POETRY, The Gettysburg Review, Luna, and Mid-American Review among others. Her research project at AAS is to investigate the life of her relative Thomas Greenough, the last surviving Wampanoag Indian on the Bass River reservation in South Yarmouth, Massachusetts. This information will be incorporated into her second memoir.
Brian Teare was also awarded a William Randolph Hearst Fellowship. Mr. Teare is a poet from San Francisco. He holds B.A. in English from the University of Alabama and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Indiana University. He was also a Fellow in the Wallace E. Stegner Program at Stanford University. His work has appeared in many journals including Denver Quarterly, New England Review, Sink Review and the Literary Review and has been widely anthologized. He is the author of three books: Pleasure (Ahsahta Press, 2010) Sight Map (University of California Press, 2009) and The Room Where I was Born (University of Wisconsin Press, 2003). At AAS, he will conduct research for a book of text and photographs about spirit photography tentatively titled Taken.
Cam Terwilliger was awarded a Robert and Charlotte Baron Fellowship. He is a poet, fiction writer and free-lance journalist from Somerville, Massachusetts, who holds a B.A. in English and Creative Writing from Allegheny College and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Emerson College. Terwilliger is a winner of a Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellowship in 2008, a Somerville Arts Council Artists Fellowship and an Academy of Americans Poets Prize. His fiction has appeared in the literary journals: West Branch, Post Road, The Sycamore Review, The Mid-American Review, and the Allegheny Review among others. At AAS, Terwilliger will conduct research for a novel-in-progress entitled Yet Wilderness Grew in Our Hearts set during the French and Indian War.
Wendy Call, Robert and Charlotte Baron Fellow, a non-fiction writer from Florida conducting research on the grieving process for a series of literary essays.
Sean Hill, William Randolph Hearst Foundation Fellow, a poet from Minnesota who conducted research for a series of poems about two African American men who immigrated with their families from Milledgeville, Georgia to Liberia in the 1870s.
Kathryn Nuernberger, William Randolph Hearst Foundation Fellow, a poet from Ohio working on a collection of poems entitled "Curiosities."
Suzanne Rivecca, Robert and Charlotte Baron Fellow,
a fiction writer from California whose project is a novel about Walt Whitman's sojourn by boat down the Mississippi River to New Orleans with his brother, Jeff.
Stephanie Solomon, Jay and Deborah Last Fellow, a dramatist/performer from California, conducting eighteenth-century picture research for a project entitled "American Voices: Spirit of Revolution" that combines historical quotes with musical selections to describe the founding of the nation.
Carol Flueckiger, Last Artist Fellow, painter, Lubbock, TX, research for a body of paintings about feminism and early American reform practices
Honorée Jeffers ,Robert and Charlotte Baron Fellow, poet, Norman, OK, research for a book of poems titled The Art of Mastering, whose centerpiece is a series of poems about Phillis Wheatley, imagining her interior life
Ann Lovett, Hearst Artist Fellow, photographer, New Paltz, NY, research for an artists' book about the textile mills of Lowell and other Massachusetts mill towns and the "mill girls" who worked in them
Robert Strong , Heast Artist Fellow, poet, Canton, NY, research for a book-length work of poetry titled Bright Advent set in the years leading up to King Philip's War
Lauren Yee , Robert and Charlotte Baron Fellow, playwright, San Francisco, CA, research for a play exploring the concept of performing racial identity in America, particularly with respect to minstrelsy
Robert and Charlotte Baron Fellow
Poet, Hillsborough, NH
Research for a collection of poems based on the New England Primer
Robert and Charlotte Baron Fellow
Non-fiction writer, Eugene, OR, research for a book on Narcissa Prentiss Whitman, the first European woman to cross the Rocky Mountains
Hearst Artist Fellow
Novelist, Chicago, IL
Research for a novel entitled God's Gift to the Natives that charts the history and movement
of the African diaspora
Last Artist Fellow
Photographer and assoc. prof. of art at Connecticut
Research for a photographic project entitled "Views from Wonderland,"
which explores the making of Yellowstone National Park from the 1870s to the 1890s
Hearst Artist Fellow
Professor, University of Florida
Research on American furniture, in particular its fabrication, use, history, and depiction in
American painting, photography, and sculpture
Laurie Block, Conway, Massachusetts, documentary filmmaker, "Becoming Helen Keller," a documentary film and digital on-line museum project (William Randolph Hearst Foundation Fellow)
Gino DiIorio, New York City, playwright, to research the life of southern politician, Edmund Ross (Robert and Charlotte Baron Fellow)
Heidi W. Durrow, Los Angeles, California, fiction writer, research for a novel-in-progress about Miss Lala, a mulatta strongwoman of the Victorian
era (Robert and Charlotte Baron Fellow)
Kimberly Elkins, New York City, fiction writer, a novel about the lives of Laura Bridgman, Julia Ward Howe, and Sarah Wight set between 1829 and 1876
(William Randolph Hearst Foundation Fellow)
Sarah McCoubrey, Fayetteville, New York, painter, research to create "Hannah Morse: Landscape Painter," a fictive archive (Jay and Deborah Last Creative and Performing Artists Fellow)
Robert Shuster was awarded a Robert and Charlotte Baron Fellowship. A writer based in New York State, he has written on arts and culture for
The Los Angeles Times, The Village Voice, The Portland Oregonian, Adobe Magazine, and Seattle Weekly, where he was a regular contributor with reviews and profiles. He was senior editor at Adobe Magazine for three years. His fiction has won several awards, and has appeared in the anthologies Micro Fiction (W.W. Norton, 1996) and Yellow Silk
II (Warner Books, 2000), as well as in The Mississippi Review, The Alaska Quarterly Review, and Sun Dog, among other publications. His second novel, The Herald of the Underworld, is currently represented by the JCA Literary Agency. During his fellowship residency at AAS, he will research America's culture of war and the military in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, for his non-fiction book The Indestructible Soldier, which takes a personal, historical, and critical look at the civilian fascination with war.
R. Sikoryak's cartoons and illustrations have appeared in The New Yorker, Nickelodeon Magazine, Little Lit, Fortune, Esquire, GQ, among other publications, and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Presents America (the Book). In addition to his freelance work, he creates comic strip parodies of classic literature for magazines such as Drawn & Quarterly and Raw. Sikoryak is the co-author, with Michael Smith, of The Seduction of Mike (Fantagraphics), a comic book funded by the National Endowment for the Arts. He was awarded an Artist's Fellowship from The New York Foundation for the Arts for his comics adaptations of the classics. He is in the Speakers Program of the New York Council of the Humanities and teaches in the Illustration department at Parsons School of Design. Since 1997, he has presented his cartoon slide show series, "Carousel," around the U.S. and Canada. Mr. Sikoryak's research project at AAS is a comic strip adaptation of Moby Dick.
Ginger Strand writes fiction and nonfiction. Her essays have appeared in Harper's, the Believer, Raritan, The New England Review, American Literary History, Theatre Journal, The Village Voice, Poets & Writers and Swink, as well as books from Gale, Greenwood, and the University of Michigan Press. Her fiction has been published in a wide range of journals, and her novel Flight was published by Simon and Schuster in May, 2005. She has received residency fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, the Virginia Center for theCreative Arts, and the Sewanee Writers Conference, as well as grants from the Mellon foundation and the NEH. At AAS Ms. Strand will be researching her first full-length work of nonfiction, Niagara Falls, looking for handbills, guidebooks, travelogues, treaties, and images in the society's collections.
Tess Taylor's chapbook, The Misremembered World was selected by Eavan Boland for the Poetry Society of America's New York Fellowship, and was published in limited edition by the PSA in 2003. She recieved the Morton Marr Poetry Prize from Southwest Review and the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg prize. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Southwest Review, Crossroads, Painted Bride Quarterly, the Times Literary Supplement, and Literary Imagination. She spent the spring of 2005 as a Copeland Fellow in residence at Amherst College, and is currently a teaching fellow in the Creative Writing Program at Boston University and serves as Assistant Poetry Editor at The Atlantic Monthly. Ms.
Taylor will use her time at the Society to conduct research for a book of poems titled The Family Chest that will examine two strains of her family history -- one from Massachusetts, the other from Virginia.
Choreographer Kriota Willberg holds a degree in Dance: Performance and Choreography from Northeastern Illinois University. DURA MATER (Latin for "Tough Mother"), was founded by Willberg, in New York, in 1993 as a vehicle for her choreography. The Dura Mater cortege has performed in a variety of dance, music, and performance venues in New York and the US. In addition to working with her company, Willberg choreographs for film/video, theatrical, and other dance productions. Her article on dance and stage combat was published in the SAFD magazine, The Fightmaster, in 2004. Willberg also teaches anatomy to dancers, yoga teachers, and Pilates instructors, and has acted as a facilitator for various artists groups and projects. Dura Mater's projects have received support from the 92nd Street Y, the Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance, the Manhattan Community Arts Fund, The Field (Independent Artist Challenge Program and Artist-Manager Partnerships), The Puffin Foundation, and Dixon Place Theater (Mondo Cane! commission). Ms. Willberg will spend her time at AAS doing research on The Black Crook, America's first musical theatre extravaganza, in order to produce an up-dated version for performance in New York City.
Amy Brill was awarded a Robert and Charlotte Baron Fellowship. She is a writer from Brooklyn, NY whose articles and essays have appeared in online magazines and in the anthology, Before and After: Stories from New York, and is a former fellow in residence at the Millay Colony for the Arts and the Edward Albee Foundation. Ms. Brill will conduct research for her novel, The Observations, a fictional account of a female astronomer in Nantucket in the early 1800s.
Camille Dungy was awarded a William Randolph Hearst Fellowship. Her poems have been published in numerous anthologies and she is author of the forthcoming book, What to Eat, What to Drink, What to Leave for Poison: Poems. Ms. Dungy is assistant professor of English at Randolph-Macon Woman's College in Lynchburg, Va. In 2004 she was named Scholar at the Bread Loaf Writers. Conference, Fellow, Eastern Frontier Society, Norton Island Artists' Retreat, and Fellow, The Virginia Center for Creative Arts. Ms. Dungy will be researching a new collection of poems, Suck on the Marrow, Chew on the Bone, set between 1815 and 1845, which investigates lives of blacks and the whites they lived and worked among.
Charles A. Hirshberg was awarded a Robert and Charlotte Baron Fellowship. He is a New York based writer for ESPN the Magazine, columnist for Sports Illustrated and contributor to Baron's and many other publications. Hirshberg has held staff positions at LIFE, the Los Angeles Times, Washington Post and Popular Science. Mr. Hirshberg is author of two books, Will You Miss Me When I'm Gone?: The Carter Family and Their Legacy in American Music and ESPN 25. He will conduct research for a forthcoming biography, Vistas of Destiny: Thomas Wentworth Higginson in Worcester.
Nancy Rubin Stuart was awarded a William Randolph Hearst Fellowship. Ms. Rubin Stuart, a director of the Women Writing Women's Lives Seminar of the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, specializes in biography, women and social history. She is an award-winning journalist
and author of five non-fiction books, most recently The Reluctant Spiritualist: The Life of Maggie Fox published by Harcourt in 2005 and featured in the August issue of American History Magazine. Ms. Rubin Stuart will research the life of American's first female historian, Mercy Otis Warren, for a biography which will be published by Beacon Press.
Joann Dobson was awarded a Robert and Charlotte Baron Fellowship. She is a novelist and scholar of nineteenth-century American literature from
Brewster, New York who will be researching a new historical novel set in New York City titled, Search for India. Ms. Dobson is currently Writer-in-Residence at Fordham University. In 1997 she published her first academic mystery novel and in 2003, her fifth, The Maltese Manuscript, was published.
Martha Morss, awarded a William Randolph Hearst Foundation Fellowship, is a writer and editor from Mount Vernon, Ohio. She is writing a biography of colonial printer Mary Katherine Goddard aimed at younger readers. Ms. Morss provides editorial services to high school and
college publishers, including writing curriculum-based nonfiction and poetry for younger readers. Her published works include "What's in a
Name?" (Cricket); Falcon Nest (Modern Curriculum Press); A Look Around Whales (Willowisp Press); and "The Suds Are Still A
Bonus" (Christian Science Monitor).
Alyson Pou was awarded a William Randolph Hearst Fellowship. She is a visual and performance work artist from New York City. Her project, A Slight Headache, is a solo performance that explores the relationship between a mother and daughter and is set in the mid to late 1800s. Ms. Pou has a multidisciplinary background in visual art, dance/theatre, and writing and her work has been performed and exhibited at numerous museums, galleries, art centers, and colleges. Previous projects include To Us At Twilight and Black Rocks, Pearl Buttons.
James Thomas Stevens was awarded a Robert and Charlotte Baron Fellowship. He is a poet from Dunkirk, New York, and is currently assistant professor of American Indian Studies and English at State University of New York College at Fredonia. Mr. Stevens is a member of
the Akwesasne Mohawk Nation and Six Nations Reserve in Ontario. He will be doing research on the Stockbridge Indian community and school to write
a long poem splicing historical texts with personal narrative. His previous work includes a long poem titled, "Tokinish," and he a past recipient of the Whiting Writers Award in 2000 and was nominated for Before Columbus/American Book Award in 2003.
Ruth Lopez was awarded a William Randolph Hearst Foundation Fellowship. She is a writer of non-fiction from Chicago and will be researching the
McLoughlin Brothers during her stay her at AAS. Her project is a social history on the artists who helped create children's literature in America.
Lavonne Mueller was also awarded a Hearst Foundation Fellowship. She is a playwright from Chicago whose project is a collection of six short
one-story plays about notable American women -- Abigail Adams. Dolly Madison, Sacagawea, Lucy Stone, Harriet Tubman, and Martha Washington.
David Roderick, a Robert and Charlotte Baron Fellowship recipient, was recently awarded the Wallace Stegner Writing Fellowship in Poetry at
Stanford University. He will be using the resources at AAS to complete a collection of poems titled Blue Colonial. This project focuses on the
cultural interaction between the colonists and the Wampanoag tribe in the early part of the seventeenth-century.
Britta Sjogren, also a Robert and Charlotte Baron Fellowship recipient, is a filmmaker from San Francisco. Her project is a documentray film
that explores the legacy of American slave dwellings tentatively titled A Chain of Windows.
Deborah Muirhead has been awarded a William Randolph Hearst Foundation Fellowship. At AAS, she will conduct research for an artist
book entitled, "The Conjurer's Apprentice or The Legend of Yellow Mary: A Slave Girl's Tale of Survival by her Wit and Extraordinary Powers, as
written by herself." Muirhead is a visual artist who resides in Storrs, Connecticut and is a professor of art in the Department of Art and Art History at the
University of Connecticut. As a visual artist, she creates paintings, drawings, and artist books. Her many exhibitions include: the ARC Gallery
in Chicago, Illinois; the Housatonic Museum in Bridgeport, Connecticut; the Diggs Gallery in Winston-Salem, North Carolina; the Liz
Harris Gallery in Boston, Massachusetts; and the Mona Berman Gallery in New Haven, Connecticut. Her work is displayed in the permanent collections
of such institutions as: Chemical Bank, Pepsico, Southern New England Telephone, Aetna Life Insurance Company, the Connecticut State Collection,
the William Benton Museum of Art, and the Bloomington (Illinois) Federal Savings and Loan to name a few. Muirhead has been awarded: a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, the New England Foundation for the Arts Individual Arts Award, the Connecticut Commission on the Arts Award, a
Yale University Visiting Faculty Fellowship and a YADDO fellowship.
Britta Sjogren was awarded the Robert and Charlotte Baron Fellowship at the AAS for the year 2002. She is a filmmaker who resides in San
Francisco, California. Her project at AAS is a documentary film that explores the legacy of American slave dwellings tentatively titled "A
Chain of Windows" . Sjogren is an assistant professor at the Department of Cinema at San Francisco State University. Her films include A Small
Domain, which was a grand jury prizewinner for best short film at the Sundance Festival in 1996, and Jo-Jo at the Gate of Lions, which
won the Award for narrative film at the Atlanta Festival. Her other projects include Green and Dimming and the script for Rage Carolina.
Ellen Wiener is the recipient of the second William Randolph Hearst Fellowship awarded this year. She is a painter who lives in Southhold, New
York. Her project at AAS will be the creation of a new "Book of Hours" using imagery from nineteenth century sources found at AAS. Weiner has had solo exhibitions at the Sylvia Schmidt Gallery in New Orleans, the Marilyn Pearl Gallery in New York, and the More Gallery in Philadelphia. Additionally, her work has been exhibited at Swathmore, Dartmouth, Saint Mary's, and Smith Colleges, at Princeton University, and at the Nancy Drysdale Gallery in Washington, D.C., to name a few. She has been a visiting artist/lecturer/critic at the Brooklyn College Graduate School of Fine Arts, Louisiana State
University School of Art and Architecture, Washington University School of Fine Arts, and Swarthmore and Dartmouth Colleges. Among her many
fellowships are ones from the MacDowell Colony, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the Ragdale Foundation.
Geoffrey Brock is a recipient of one of the William Randolph Hearst
Fellowships for 2001. He is a poet based in Tallahassee, Florida. He is
currently working on a collection of poems based on American historical
events that he will examine from oblique, personal angles while basing
this writing on historical fact. During his time at AAS he will examine
the Society's collection of journals and letters in hopes of finding
resonant details that can be used to bring small vignettes of American
history to life through poetry. Mr. Brock's poems have appeared in
American Literary Review, Paris Review, and Hudson
publications. He has previously been awarded residences at the American
Academy in Rome during the academic years 1999 and 2000.
Hallie Spencer Hobson is a playwright currently residing in
York City. She is the recipient of the second William Randolph Hearst
Fellowship awarded this year. She will be working on an ongoing project
entitle Watchnight, a historical play which unfolds on a slave plantation
on the New Year's Eve of Emancipation. Ms. Hobson will conduct research in
the Society's extensive newspaper and periodical collections, as well as
examine institutional records and relevant secondary sources housed in the
library. Her previous works have blended history and reality as she seeks
to tell stories about African American people and their communities in
both contemporary and historical settings.
Emily Laurance was awarded the Robert and Charlotte Baron
Fellowship at the AAS for the year 2001. She is a harpist and is currently
living in Carrboro, North Carolina. During her residency Ms. Laurance will
be utilizing the Society's collection of sheet music to research songs
scored for the harp. In addition, she will be constructing a social
context for the materials, particularly theatrical songs. She will also be
examining the selling and distribution of the instruments, the publication
of sheet music, and the art of performance in the early nineteenth
Katrina Browne is a documentary filmmaker based in Berkeley,
She has studied photography, documentary directing, and documentary
scriptwriting. She is also a diversity/anti-racism facilitator and
trainer. Her work in the AmeriCorps program included multicultural
leadership development and public service apprenticeship programs for
young people. She was Outreach Planning Coordinator for Twilight:
Angeles, 1992, a film project that partnered communities, schools,
workplaces to use the film as a catalyst for dialogue and action on race,
ethnicity, and equity. Ms. Browne has received a William Randolph Hearst
Foundation fellowship. While at AAS, she will conduct research for a
television documentary entitled, Traces of the Trade, which
history and legacy of the slave trade in New England.
Maureen Cummins is a book artist in Brooklyn, New York. She is an
instructor in printmaking and book arts at several institutions, including
The Center for Books Arts, the Connecticut Graphic Arts Center, and
Manhattan Graphics. Her work has been exhibited throughout the United
States and is held in over 100 public and private collections throughout
the United States, Canada, England, South Africa, and South America. Ms.
Cummins is the recipient of one of the two William Randolph Hearst
Foundation fellowships awarded this year. While at AAS, she will be
working on a series of three works on paper that explore the fear of the
.other. in American history. The titles of the three pieces will be
Heretics, Heathens and Hellions; Animals, Cannibals and Savages;
Witches, Bitches and Faggots.
Sue Johnson, a visual artist, is currently associate professor of art
St. Mary's College in Maryland. Her work has been exhibited throughout the
United States and Canada and is held in numerous public and private
collections. She is the author of Memory is a Kleptomaniac,
of a Natural History: Fireflies Burning, and the upcoming
Microscope Darkly and Other Accidental Images. Ms. Johnson is the
recipient of the Sigety Family Foundation fellowship for creative and
performing artists. While at AAS, she will develop new images and texts
for her on-going project, The Alternate Encyclopedia.
Joann Mazzio, of Rinos Altos, New Mexico, is a writer of young
literature. She has published two historical novels, Leaving
which was awarded a Spur by the Western Writers of America, and The
Who Came Back, which was nominated for an Edgar by the Mystery
America. Her articles have appeared in Cricket magazine,
Digest, Highlights for Children, New Mexico Magazine, and
addition to writing, she is also a speaker, and has presented talks to the
International Board on Books for Young People, and the International
Reading Association. Ms. Mazzio is the recipient of the Robert and
Charlotte Baron Fellowship, a newly established award sponsored by the AAS
Chairman and his wife. While at AAS, Ms. Mazzio will conduct research for
a young adult novel set in the Fremont expeditions in the 1840s.
Nicole Cooley is a creative writer. Currently she teaches English at
Queens College, City University of New York. Her poems, which include
Red Shoes" and "Romance," have been published in
such periodicals as The
New England Review, The Nation, Poetry, Southern Poetry Review, and
Northwest, among others. Cooley is also the author of two books, a
Judy Garland, Ginger Love and a book of poems,
received the 1995 Walt Whitman Poetry Award from the Academy of American
Poets. While at AAS, she conducted research into the Salem Witch Trials
of 1692 for a book of poetry entitled, The Afflicted Girls,
the event from a variety of perspectives and re-imagines the experiences
of the people involved.
Jeanne Mackin is a novelist. A writing instructor at Ithaca College,
is the author of such books as Dreams of Empire and
addition, her articles have appeared in Country Living, the New
Times, Family Circle, and other publications. Mackin was the
an Excellence in Teaching Award from Ithaca College in 1996, as well as
numerous scholarly grants and fellowships. She conducted research at AAS
for a novel, Adam's Hunger: The Lost Journal of Brillat-Savarin's
in the New World, which is based upon the life and travels of
Brillat-Savarin, the father of the modern cookbook, in New York and
Massachusetts, from 1794 to 1796.
Sarah Messer is a creative non-fiction writer and poet from Madison,
Wisconsin. She has designed and taught various writing workshops at the
University of Wisconsin and Salem State College. Messer's poems, which
include "Gossip, 1692" and "Grave Ledger" have appeared in Paris
The Sextant, Princeton Arts Review, Quarterly West, and
among others. She has had essays and articles published in Yankee
Magazine. At AAS, she conducted research for a non-fiction memoir,
House, which focuses on her family home in Marshfield, Massachusetts, and
the Hatch family from 1647 to the present.
Cassandra Smith is a doll artist from Chicago, Illinois. Smith
historically accurate dolls and then writes fictionalized biographies to
accompany them. Her work has been exhibited in the DuSable Museum Trading
Post and the Shop at the Chicago Cultural Center. In addition to
conducting workshops at local high schools, Smith has also been published
in The Crescent Review and Obsidian II. She was
the recipient of a CAAP
grant from the City of Chicago, as well as other scholarly fellowships.
She conducted research at AAS for the development of new doll and costume
designs and accompanying background stories with an emphasis on free
persons of color and runaway slaves.
Christopher Cokinos is a creative writer from Manhattan, Kansas. He
currently a visiting assistant professor in the English department of
Kansas State University. He is a widely published poet and nonfiction
writer whose works include Killing Seasons, a book of poetry,
as well as
works of nonfiction, critical articles, poems, and reviews. His works
have been published in Kansas Quarterly and The
Quarterly. He has also
served as assistant director of the People, Prairies, and Plains Institute
at KSU. His project at AAS resulted in the non-fiction book, Hope
Thing with Feathers: A Personal Chronicle of Vanished American
published by Tarcher/Putnam. Christopher Cokinos also delivered a reading
of this work at AAS on Friday, March 24, 2000, the 100-year anniversary of
the shooting death of the last wild passenger pigeon.
Tom Dunn is a playwright from Henniker, New Hampshire. He is founder
first director of the Playwrights. Center in Minneapolis, and former
director of New Dramatists, the nation's oldest playwrights. workshop.
His plays have included: Darwin, Gun Play, In Pursuit of the Song
Hydrogen, and The Memo. He has also written books on
fundraising, and acting. Outside of the theater, he has written for
newspapers and magazines and has been a commentator for National Public
Radio. At AAS, Dunn researched mid- to late-nineteenth-century American
painters for a series of plays on Winslow Homer.
Cornelia Nixon is a novelist and short story writer. A member of the
English faculty at Indiana University since 1981, she is the author of
You See It, a novel-in-stories published in 1992; Lawrence's
Politics and the Turn Against Women, a work of criticism as well as
stories published in the Indiana Review and the
She is the recipient of O. Henry Awards in 1993 and 1995 and a Teaching
Excellence Recognition Award from Indiana University in 1997, as well as
numerous scholarly fellowships. At AAS, Nixon conducted research for,
Martha's Version, a novel telling the true story of her ancestor, Martha
Jane Carines, a Maryland woman who killed her fiancé in 1869 and was
Barbara Weisberg is a television producer and children's writer. A
York resident, she has an extensive résumé featuring projects for CBS,
HBO, the USA Network, and Nickelodeon, as well as numerous writing
credits. She was creator of the syndicated situation comedy series
Charles in Charge. As producer of Livewire, a
teenage talk show series on
Nickelodeon, she won an Ace award for excellence in cable programming.
Her writings include Coronado's Gold Quest, a nonfiction
book, and Susan B. Anthony, a young adult biography. She was
the MacArthur Scholarship in Poetry on the recommendation of the late
Allen Ginsburg. Weisberg conducted research on the Fox sisters while at
AAS. To date, this research has resulted in an article that appeared in
the September 1999 issue of American Heritage Magazine.
Marilyn Arsem is a performance artist who lives in Jamaica Plain,
Massachusetts. Her previous solo performances include Stirring,
Sweeping and Dreams (breathe/don't.t breathe) oHome. Among her
collaborative performances are The Burrow, with Malcolm
Goldstein and Bart
Uchida, and Clean Break, with Marilyn Gottlieb-Roberts. In
was on the faculty of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, and a
lecturer at Tufts University. At AAS, Arsem conducted research on
nineteenth-century Spiritualism for a performance entitled Spirit
Pamela Keech is a visual artist from New York City. Her previous solo
exhibitions include The Kitchen, a permanent installation at
Eastside Tenement Museum, New York City, and Essence of
Tenement at the
Gracie Mansion, New York City. Some venues for her group exhibitions were
the New Jersey Center for Visual Arts and the American Academy in Rome.
Keech has also been a visiting artist at various universities, including
the University of Connecticut at Storrs and San Diego State University.
Her project at AAS was "Nursuries,"
an installation depicting the
of children in post-Civil War America.
Stephen O'Connor is a writer from New York City. O'Connor's previous
include the books Will My Name Be Shouted Out? Reaching Inner City
Students Through the Power of Writing and Rescue, a
stories. His essays and short stories have appeared in such journals as
The Nation, Education Week, and The Quarterly.
He also teaches fiction
writing at Sarah Lawrence College. O'Connor will conduct research at AAS
for a history entitled The Orphan Trains: Charles Loring Brace and
Migration of America's Poore Children -- 1853-1929.
Robert J. Begiebing is a novelist who lives in Newfields, New
His previous work includes the novel The Strange Death of Mistress
and with V. Own Grumbling, a critical study entitled The Literature
Nature: The British and American Traditions. His essays and poems
appeared in such publications as: Harvard Magazine, Country Journal,
Boston Arts, Connecticut Quarterly, and the New Hampshire
Times. At AAS,
Begiebing conducted research for his book, The Adventures of
Fullerton: Or, A Memoir of Startling and Amusing Episodes from Itinerant
Life, published by the University Press of New England in November
Catherine Gammon is a fiction writer from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Gammon's previous work includes the novel Isabel Out of the
fiction has appeared in such journals as The North American Review,
Kenyon Review, Central Park, and Fiction
International. She also served
as fiction editor for Cape Discover, an anthology of fiction
celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Fine Arts Work Center in
Provincetown. Gammon conducted research in the Esther Forbes Papers and
the Cotton Mather collection at AAS for a novel about the Salem witchcraft
John Lee is a playwright from Los Angeles, California. Lee's work
includes the plays The Errand Boy, Dead Theater, Hitler's Head, Dog
and Clean Souls. His work has been performed by such
theaters as the Mark
Taper Forum, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and the Edinburgh Fringe
Festival. Lee's work at AAS concentrated on a play about the "O.Orphan
Trains," o., on which orphaned and abandoned city children were sent West
the nineteenth century.
Aubrey Wertheim is playwright from Oberlin, Ohio. His plays include
Costume Drama, Popular Neurotics and Make Way for
Neurotics was presented on PBS American Playhouse. Wertheim's work
been produced at the Cleveland Public Theatre and at the Mark Taper Forum.
He conducted research at AAS for a full-length one-woman show about Fanny
Fern, the first female American columnist.
Kimmika L.H. Williams is a performance poet from Darby, Pennsylvania.
published works include: Envisioning A Sea of Dry Bones, Negro
the Park, Halley's Com and It Ain't Easy to be
plays include: A Chained Foot Stumbling on a New World, Brown Ices:
Chocolate Drops and We the People: the Real Ones.
Williams's work at AAS
focused on the life and times of the first published African-American
poet, Lucy Terry, who wrote "Bars Fight" in 1746.
Andrea E. Woods is a dancer from Brooklyn, New York. She is currently
rehearsal director for the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company. Her
other performance experience includes working with the Danny Sloan Dance
Company, and the Clive Thompson Dance Company. At AAS, Woods conducted
research on African-Americans in the West for a music/dance performance
piece entitled Ballad of the Black Cowboy.
Laurie Block is a filmmaker from Conway, Massachusetts. She has produced and directed the film FIT: Episodes in the History of the
Body. Her screenwriting credits include The Great Depression and 1917: Revolution in Russia for National Geographic Society; The Last Plague: 1918 Flu Epidemic for HBO, and the independent films Secret Agent, and Are We Winning Mommy:
America and the Cold War among others. At AAS, she conducted picture research for a television documentary on the U.S.-Mexican War, 1846-1848, and also began research for a radio documentary entitled Beyond Affliction, which appeared on NPR.
Nancy Vieira Couto is a poet from Ithaca, New York. Her book, The Face in the Water, published by the University of Pittsburgh Press won the Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize in 1989. Her work has appeared in The American Poetry Review, The Gettysburg Review, The Hudson Review, The Iowa Review, Milkweed Chronicle, Poetry Northwest, Prairie Schooner, and other magazines. At AAS, Couto conducted research for a book of poems and prose pieces on a nineteenth-century historical character who called herself America Vespucci.
Deborah H. DeFord is a writer and editor from Storrs, Connecticut. She has co-written with Harry S. Stout, An Enemy Among Them. She has also
written I Wonder Why Skunks Are So Smelly (and other neat facts about mammals) and is a contributing author to the textbook, New
Elementary Social Studies. While at AAS, she conducted research for a young-adult novel about the female American Revolutionary soldier, Deborah Sampson
Jeffrey A. Hatcher is a playwright from Minneapolis, Minnesota. His plays include Scotland Road, Neddy, Fellow Travelers, Tango Delta, Comfort and Joy, and Vandals. The Yale Repertory Theatre, the Actor's Theatre of Louisville, Cincinnati Playhouse-in-the-Park, and the Illinois Theater Center among others have performed Hatcher's work. His AAS project was a play, Sockdology, about the actors in the play Our American Cousin, which was being performed when Lincoln was assassinated.
Christina Tree is a writer and journalist based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She has been a contributing editor and writer to the Berlitz Travelers Guide to New England, New England Living, Fodor's Boston, and the Boston Globe. Her books include How New England Happened, Massachusetts, An Explorer's Guide, and Best Places to Stay in New England. Her project at AAS was a history of New England tourism for the general public.