The Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park introduced the WIR program in 2012 to support its mission statement, which encourages thoughtful reading and writing.
The Writer-in-Residence's primary roles include serving as an ambassador for the foundation, conducting educational programming, and mentoring the winner of our annual student writing contest for incoming seniors at Oak Park/River Forest High School. In addition, the WIR enjoys the opportunity to work in the attic space of Hemingway's birthplace home, which is specially designed with Hemingway period furniture from Thomasville and other inspirational features for writers.
The Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park is proud to announce its 2017-2019 Writer in Residence, Cameron Gearen.
Cameron publishes poetry, fiction and non-fiction. Her essays have recently appeared in The Washington Post, Full Grown People, Hippocampus and elsewhere. Shearsman Press released her book of poems, SOME PERFECT YEAR, in 2016. Currently, Cameron is working on a memoir.
The Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park is proud to announce its 2014-2015 Writer in Residence, Annette Gendler.
Annette is the author of Jumping Over Shadows, the true story of a German-Jewish love that overcame the burden of the Holocaust, published in 2017 by She Writes Press. The memoir was a finalist for the Chicago Writers Association’s 2017 Book of the Year Award. One essay excerpted from the book, “‘Thrown Out’ of the Family Home,” was published in the Wall Street Journal; two others, “Giving Up Christmas” and “Becoming a Proper Jew in the Kitchen,” were published in Tablet Magazine.
The Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park is proud to announce its 2013-2014 Writer in Residence, Susan Hahn.
An award-winning poet, playwright and novelist, Hahn has been awarded fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the Illinois Arts Council, and is a two-time winner of the Pushcart Prize.