The Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park re-introduced the Writer-In-Residence (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 2019-2021 Writer in Residence, Laura Young.
Ms. Young, an English teacher since 2006 at Oak Park-River Forest High School, is a writer of both fiction (including novel-length and flash) and memoir. In addition to her teaching duties, Laura runs a week-long college essay writing intensive each summer at the Oak Park Public Library. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Iowa and a Masters of Arts in Education from California State University.
A past recipient of the New York Mills and S.A.F.T.A. writing residencies, Laura has had short stories and essays published in Shoreline of Infinity, Lunch Ticket, Cold Creek Review, The Iowa Journal of Cultural Studies, Ordinary Madness, Parent.co, and Lagom.
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.
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.
Prior to the reintroduction of our official Writer in Residence program, William Hazelgrove served as the writer in residence, using the unfinished attic space as his writing space from 1998 to 2008.
William Hazelgrove is the National Bestselling author of ten novels and six nonfiction titles.
Our Writer-in-Residence Application for 2019-2021 opens on March 4th. Please click here for more details