Michael Rochford is a screenwriter living in Los Angeles. His previous work includes the film adaptation of PAULETTE for Legende Entertainment, and as Staff Writer for USA Network's RUSH. He earned an MFA in Film Production from the University of Southern California. He is currently adapting THE MOON IS A HARSH MISTRESS for television.

Debra Cross is a writer and educator, as well as an assistant editor for Narrative Magazine. She is currently working on a novel, and her short fiction has appeared in Black Fox Literary Magazine. She lives, writes and teaches in Southern California.

RESIDENTS: 2020

Nancy Nichols-Pethick was born in Alaska and grew up in rural Maine. She earned a BFA in Drawing from the University of Southern Maine, and an MFA in Painting from Indiana State University, where she has taught painting since 2003. Her work has been shown nationally, and she is the recipient of numerous grants and awards including two Indiana Arts Commission grants and the prestigious Caleb Mills award for outstanding teaching. She currently lives in Terre Haute, Indiana, with her husband and their two children, as well as two cats, two dogs, and a guinea pig named Petunia.

Barbara DeMarco-Barrett is founder and host of "Writers on Writing," which airs every Wednesday morning at 9 a.m. PT on KUCI-FM. She's author of the Los Angeles Times bestseller Pen on Fire: A Busy Woman's Guide to Igniting the Writer Within (Harcourt) and has stories in Orange County Noir and USA Noir: Best of the Akashic Noir Series. She's also written essays and articles for the Los Angeles Times, Poets & Writers, The Writer, Writers' Digest, The Authors Guild Bulletin, Orange Coast magazine and more. She teaches an online class for Gotham Writers Workshop, and two private workshops in Southern California where she lives with her husband and son, both musicians, and 13 typewriters, and counting.  

April - June Residents

Monica J. Brown is an interdisciplinary artist exploring the intersections between visual art, sound, movement, poetry, prose and performance. Her visual art has been exhibited widely throughout Chicago, including the DuSable Museum, the Museum of Science and Industry, and the Hyde Park Art Center. She has also exhibited nationally and internationally including Juijiang University in Jiujiang, China. She created two murals with the Hubbard Street Mural Project in Chicago, and her artwork was published in Woman Made Gallery's Her Mark: a journal of art + poetry 2009. She has been the recipient of the Weisman Award, the City of Chicago DCASE Grant and Illinois Arts Council's Grants. Monica has performed at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Prop Theatre in Chicago; and the Bucktown Center for the Arts in Davenport, IA.

Sheryl A. Stradling is an award-winning author and artist. She is passionate about igniting personal growth through changing generational family patterns. She was inspired to write her family saga by her desire to heal lingering family issues. In the process, she uncovered the spiritual gifts of five generations of women who transformed their challenges into opportunities. She is the author of Faith, Power, Joy: Spiritual Guidance from 5 Generations of Remarkable Women, and a contributor to Journey of an Empath, a compilation of transformational stories from empaths worldwide. She is also a mixed-media, non-representational artist. Her work is process-oriented and primarily intuitive. She shows her work in the Phoenix AZ metro area

Pamella Bowen is a native Californian who earned her B.A. and teaching credential in English from Cal Poly University, Pomona, then went on to teach for thirty-three years in various inland area high schools.  After retirement, she gladly put down her red pen and took up her laptop to write a novel, several pieces of non-fiction, poems and many song lyrics. Her latest venture is self-publishing inspiring books for adults and children. As of 2020, she had written and published ten titles, available on Amazon. She lives in Temecula with her husband Don.

Jared Leake is a high school art teacher and practicing artist in California. He earned his BA at Wheelock College in Boston, Massachusetts and his MED-Teacher of Visual Arts degree from Lesley University where his concentration was high school visual arts. Currently Jared is a visual arts teacher at Pacific Collegiate School in Santa Cruz, California. Jared’s work is a blend of his love of abstract painting, photography, graphic design and found materials. He uses his photographs from his travels as a source of inspiration when working with a variety of mixed media techniques. Here he uses a photo-transfer technique to embed the image onto the surface of the object. Jared has been an Artist in Residence at the Skopelos Foundation for the Arts in Skopelos, Greece as well at The Art Retreat Tamarindo in Costa Rica. He has shown work across the United States and abroad. 

Years ago, while a senior in college, Ann Voorhees Baker submitted three short stories to The New Yorker and one to Ladies’ Home Journal. The New Yorker returned three hand-written notes encouraging her to send more. Ladies’ Home Journal sent a full-page critique and asked her to send another story. Being 20, Ann decided she was a failure as a writer, stopped submitting her work, and went to law school instead. The follies of youth. Now, forty years later, Ann is writing again. Her short story, “Changing Lanes” has been published in the Noyo River Review. A second short story, “Midnight in the Garden of Sid and Eva,” will be published this September in the Chicago Quarterly Review. She has two websites: annvbaker.com, featuring her writing, editing, and web design work; and womenatwoodstock.annvbaker.com, which hosts an online community for women over 50 and two retreats every October in Woodstock, NY

July - September


Ellie Holinshead

Jana Richman is the author of a memoir, Riding in the Shadows of Saints: A Woman’s Story of Motorcycling the Mormon Trail; two novels, The Ordinary Truth and The Last Cowgirl, which won the Willa Award for Contemporary Fiction. Her most recent book is a collection of personal essays, Finding Stillness in a Noisy World. Jana’s fiction and nonfiction traverse landscapes—personal and historical, internal and external—populated with fierce female characters pitted against time, betrayals, and the heft of family. In her new collection of essays, Jana intimately shares with readers the ways place, space, and the rigors of working toward peace can transform a life. Running through all of Jana’s work are the elements that threaten to destroy the essence of our lives: overpopulation, consumption, rapidly dwindling water aquifers, stupidity, ignorance, arrogance, and greed. And the elements that might save us: passion, beauty, kindness, and love.

Kathy Mac walks in the woods a lot, and tries to write every day, and is starting to be a bit envious of retired friends, but loves her job at St. Thomas University in Fredericton, Canada, and helps run the Odd Sundays Reading Series there, and has brown eyes, and used to have brown hair, and likes to cook, and not-so-secretly loves genre fiction (but not zombies), and does yoga, and loves her dog, and is learning French, and doesn’t melt in the rain, and has published three books of poems and one book of essays, and likes to swim, and wonders about a lot of things, and doesn’t teach Victorian Literature or Women Writers any more mostly because she spends all her teaching time teaching Creative Writing and Intro Lit and has three brothers, three friends-like-sisters, two friends-like-daughters, a sweetheart, and an ex, and and would be a shoo-in for the absent-minded professor of the year award if there was such an award which there isn’t because no one can ever remember to get their applications in, and loves dogs. And cats too.

A native of the Washington, D.C. area, D. Gause currently resides in Las Vegas. Performer, composer, educator, writer, consultant, advocate, grant writer, coach are some words to describe her 
daily work. In her spare time, she reads, cooks, bakes, and volunteers.

“I am a sphere, not a slice.” ~D.G.

Shannon Fandler is a writer based in the Philadelphia area. Her work has most recently appeared in The Rumpus, Catapult, Vela, and Apiary, among other publications. Shannon was a 2017 Edward F. Albee fellow. She is a graduate of the MFA in Creative Nonfiction program at Rutgers University - Camden.  


Ky-Phong Tran is a Vietnamese American writer and journalist. At the end of the Vietnam War, his family fled to the United States as refugees, his mother six months pregnant with him at the time. He was raised on the North Side of Long Beach and educated in public school. He has a BA in History and MA in Asian American Studies from UCLA and an MFA in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts from UC Riverside. He has been awarded fellowships to the writing conferences at Voices of Our Nation, Napa Valley, Squaw Valley, and Bread Loaf. His journalism has received a New California Media award and two New America Media awards. His writing has appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, the Orange County Register, Hyphen Magazine, Zocalo Public Square, and the anthology Dismantle. He teaches English and Creative Writing at a public arts high school in Southern California

Jaimee Wriston Colbert is the author of three novels and three story collections: Vanishing Acts, Wild Things, Shark Girls, Dream Lives of Butterflies, Climbing the God Tree and Sex, Salvation, and the Automobile. Her work has won the CNY 2017 Book Award in Fiction, Willa Cather Fiction Prize, Ian MacMillan Fiction Prize, IPPY Gold Medal, Isotope Fiction Prize, and the Jane’s Story Prize. She is Professor of Creative Writing at SUNY, Binghamton University.

Karen Jo Combs is a visual artist who makes screen prints, paintings, drawings and big wall murals, as well as NAMA ROCOCO wallpaper. Everything is on paper. The imagery arises primarily from a particular vision of the natural world . Images of plants and animals and geometric shapes. All of the works are brilliantly colored, with pastels and neons. She studied printmaking at Indiana University, and has a graduate level art teaching certificate from Massachusetts College of Art. Her handmade wallpaper, NAMA ROCOCO, a production project begun in 2006, has been featured in the New York Times, Boston Globe, The London Times, Maison Française, Elle Decoration Hong Kong, Vogue Living Australia, Metropolis, and NYLON magazines, among others.

January - March Residents

For many years SteveLautermilch has worked in the American deserts and along the Pacific Rim, exploring the sites and landscapes of the first peoples. Figures for a Family Portrait (2018) won the Bright Hill Press Poetry Book Award. Rim (2010) won the Sow’s Ear Poetry Press Chapbook Award and received the Jean Pedrick Award from the New England Poetry Club. New poems have received first prizes from the W. B. Yeats Society of New York, the Muriel Craft Bailey Award from The Comstock Review, and the Daniel Varoujan Prize from the New England Poetry Club. His photographs have been shown at the Getchell Library Gallery of the University of Nevada, Reno, the Festival Park Gallery on Roanoke Island in Manteo, North Carolina, and appear as covers for Cimarron Review, The Comstock Review, and CrossCurrents. 

Phillip E. Dixon is a writer, musician, and college English instructor living in Las Vegas. He holds an MFA in Writing from Lindenwood University, and a BA in English Literature from Pacific Lutheran University. He's the co-author of the Riff Notes series published by Hal Leonard, and his fiction and non-fiction have been published in Past-Ten magazine, The Molotov Cocktail Lit-zine, and The Horror Tree . He plays guitar and mandolin, speaks poor German, and is definitely stuck in traffic right now.

 Janet Stilson writes stories in the grounded sci-fi genre, illuminating conditions that are present in the world today. Her work is often touched with romance and strange mysteries. She’s written several feature films. Among them is JAGUAR TRAIL, which is shot through with a climate change theme. It won the competition for the Writer's Lab for Women, sponsored by Meryl Streep, and was also selected by Stowe Story Labs. Her feature film IMAGINARY CHILDREN is adapted from her own short story of the same name. The short story was recently picked up by the esteemed sci-fi literary magazine, Asimov’s, which is publishing it in 2020. Janet’s novel, THE JUICE, imagines what media companies will be like decades into the future and the people who roam their corridors. The storyline for IMAGINARY CHILDREN also appears in that novel. Janet has studied media companies deeply as a journalist over many years. Her articles have appeared in many fine publications. She lives in New York City’s Harlem neighborhood with her husband and two rambunctious cats

Douglas DeChow is the co-author of Generation Space: A Love Story and The Craft of Librarian Instruction and the co-editor of Intertwingled: The Life and Influence of Ted Nelson. His writing has appeared at The Atlantic, Scientific American, The Post Game, Fifth Wednesday Journal, Curator, and others. He is the Digital Humanities and Science Librarian at Chapman University, the Curator of the Boisjoly Challenger Disaster Collection, and actively involved in the Center for American War Letters. 

AnnaLeahy is the author of the nonfiction book Tumor and the poetry collections Aperture and Constituents of Matter and the co-author of Generation Space: A Love Story, Conversing with Cancer, and What We Talk about When We Talk about Creative Writing. Her essays have appeared at The Atlantic, Pop Sugar, The Southern Review, The Pinch, and elsewhere and won the top awards from Ninth Letter and Dogwood in 2016. She directs the MFA program at Chapman University, where she edits the international journal TAB and curates the Tabula Poetica reading series. Read Anna's latest book review in Entropy here.

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Lisa Beerntsen lives and paints in Graton, (Sonoma County) California, where she & husband, fellow artist Tony Speirs, moved in 2002.
Lisa received her MFA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1991, and her BFA from California College of Arts & Crafts (now CCA) in 1983.
Lisa has been an adjunct art instructor at the Santa Rosa Junior College for over 15 years, where she teaches classes in color, painting, watercolor, & drawing.

Nathan Rivera is a native of the Writing words and music on the accordion, guitar, voice, piano, what else? Traveling to share the gift of music with those willing to accept it. Spreading positivity and joy one note at a time. 

Bruce Trinkley taught composition and orchestration and conducted the Penn State Glee Club from 1970 to 2006, and was music director for Penn State's Centre Stage from 1970 until 1995. He received degrees in composition from Columbia University where he studied with Otto Luening, Jack Beeson and Charles Wuorinen. Professor Trinkley's music has been performed in the United States, Europe, Australia, South America and China

Recent works include The Last Voyage of Captain Meriwether Lewis, a cantata for men's voices; One Life: The Rachel Carson Project, a multi-media work for women’s chorus, soloists, and instrumental ensemble; and York: the Voice of Freedom, a music drama about the life of the only African American on the Lewis and Clark Expedition. His operas for young people include The Prairie Dog That Met the President and Chicken Little.

Violinist Jeff Thayer is currently the concertmaster of the San Diego Symphony as well as concertmaster and faculty member of the Music Academy of the West (Santa Barbara). Previous positions include assistant concertmaster of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, associate concertmaster of the North Carolina Symphony, and concertmaster of the Canton (OH) Symphony Orchestra. He is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music, the Eastman School of Music, and the Juilliard School Pre-College Division. His teachers include William Preucil, Donald Weilerstein, Zvi Zeitlin, and Dorothy DeLay.  Awards include the Stephen Hahn/Lillybelle Foundation Award in Violin from the Music Academy of the West, the Starling Foundation Award, the George Eastman Scholarship, and the Performer's Certificate from the Eastman School of Music.

Morgan Stephenson is a photographer based out of Bloomington, Indiana. Morgan works photographically to both examine and critique the social, cultural, and communal expectations placed on young, southern women and its legacy within family generations. She graduated magna cum laude with a B.F.A. in photography from the Memphis College of Art and is currently a candidate for a M.F.A. in studio art from the University of Indiana at Bloomington where she received the Eskanazi School of Art, Architecture, and Design Graduate Fellowship. Her work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally including Manifest Gallery, the Midwest Center for Photography, PhotoPlace Gallery, and the Incheon International Photo and Film Festival in South Korea.

July - September Residents

GeetikaLizardi left a successful MBA career to pursue screenwriting. Her first feature, a biopic of Jane Austen, was optioned and later adapted for musical theater in the UK. Her first TV spec landed her a staff-writing job on NBC comedy, Outsourced. She is currently staffed on Disney’s Mira, Royal Detective animated series. Geetika had the honor of winning the Writers Guild of America’s Writer Access Project two years in a row, winning in both Comedy and Drama. She is currently developing several TV pilots and stage play.

Caitlin Rae is an artist and art educator living in the Bay Area. Caitlin studied painting at Syracuse University and has continued to paint as well explore digital art and mixed media since graduating in 2007. For the last 5 years, Caitlin's work has explored the human connection to everything within our universe. In June of 2016, Caitlin spent a month as a resident at Starry Night in Truth or Consequences, NM. She had a solo show at Black Hammer Brewing in San Francisco from October to December in 2016 which featured her paintings and assemblages. Her work was also featured in January, 2018 at Peacebank Yoga Studio in Redwood City. Since having a child in April, 2018, Caitlin has continued to work on smaller scale projects, and while she continues to explore the cosmos she has shifted her focus to the connection between women, the moon, and all creation within the universe.

NatalieSmith Parra writes fiction and creative nonfiction. Her work has appeared in Creative Nonfiction, Calyx, Mommy Wars, a Random House anthology edited by Leslie Morgan Steiner, Dove Tales Literary Journal, Gravel Magazine and Dryland Literary Journal. She has been awarded residencies at Hedgebrook, Mesa Refuge, Norcroft, and others, as well as The Barbara Deming Money for Women Grant and a Puffin Artists' Grant. She served as Writer in Residence for InsideOut Writers, an organization that teaches creative writing to incarcerated youth

Edith Lynn Hornik-Beer is an author/journalist/lecturer whose writing has appeared in major magazines and newspapers both here and abroad including Elle magazine, New York Times, Denver Post, Toronto Star, Neue Zuercher Zeitung (Switzerland). She enjoys writing monthly columns. She has had until recently a column in PRforPeople, an online magazine. Before that she had a monthly column, The Young World, which appeared in suburban newspapers on the East Coast. While interviewing teenagers for her column, The Young World, she learned about the problems facing teenagers with alcoholic parents and was inspired to publish numerous books on the subject. Today she works as an investigative reporter and essayist, and lectures at various colleges on successful writing for mainline publishers and the new media. She continues to write books. She is in the process of completing her novel, Need & Faith.

​​Sakae Manning’s storytelling strives to give voice to women who defy cultural, racial, and gender norms. Her work typically blends race and identity, creating alliances and solidarity amongst women of color. A Mills College graduate, Manning’s poem, December Baby, was published in the College literary journal. Other writing credits include Okasan/Mother, published in Making Waves: An Anthology of Asian-American Women Writers and Sammy’s Shitkickers published in The Salt River Review. She received honorable mention in the 2018 Carve Magazine Prose and Poetry Contest for The Button Maker’s House, scheduled for publication in spring 2019. In 2017, Manning was writer-in-residence at The Annenberg Community Beach House where she developed public programs focused on building community and expanding audience for women writers of color. She has been awarded a 2019 Summer Fishtrap Writing Fellowship, is a 2019 returning resident at the Dorland Mountain Arts Colony, and is currently working on a novel, Kimono Blues.

Krista Nyberg is a multi-disciplinary Art and Creative Director working with an international client base mainly in the U.K., the U.S., and Sweden. Her international work has included extensive client-facing experience with high-profile accounts, practicing 360 degree approaches from strategy and initial concepts through to design and execution. Clients include The Guardian, Working Title, Old Vic, Åhléns Klubb, V&A, AKA (UK & NYC) and Vogue UK. Since 2015 she has been based in Stockholm, Sweden as Head of Brand Creative within the Global Marketing Department at the American sportswear and lifestyle brand GANT. With a multi-cultural design background, Krista takes a diverse stylistic approach to technique and material, allowing innovative and original work.

October - December Residents

Jen Wyrauch Edson received her MFA from Antioch University Los Angeles in 2007. She writes fiction and poetry. She has taught English, ESL, and Conversation and Culture classes with the Tustin Unified School District and at UCI for over two decades, and ran the Poetry Slam Team at Beckman High School for many years. She was a judge at the International Poetry Slam at Berkeley in 2004. Currently, Jen teaches GED and High School Diploma classes for adults at the Tustin Adult School. She enjoys supporting dog rescue and spending time with her husband and grandchildren in Dana Point California.

April Dávila received her undergraduate degree from Scripps College before going on to study writing at USC. She was a resident of the Dorland Mountain Arts Colony in 2017 and attended the Squaw Valley Community of Writers in 2018. In 2019 her short story “Ultra” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. A fourth-generation Californian, she lives in La Cañada Flintridge with her husband and two children. She is a practicing Buddhist, half-hearted gardener, and occasional runner. 142 Ostriches is her first novel.

Natasha Harrison uses glass as a medium to express feelings around the fragility and intensity present within nature. She is the Executive Director of the Newport Tree Conservancy in Newport, Rhode Island. 

Bettye Barclay is a multi-media artist who during the last 30 years has created with clay, fused glass and paintings. Paintings have been in watercolor and acrylic as well as mixed media.
 Her artistic work was influenced by her work as a psychotherapist and she often used her creative work as a visual expression of the various aspects of life that are constantly in flux. This was especially so in her Seasons of the Heart series as a way of expressing the experience of joy and pain in our heart connections. Her creations are in collections in the United States, Hong Kong, Australia and Korea. She has participated in solo and group exhibits locally and with clay in other parts of the US. She has received awards both locally and nationally.

Kala Pierson is a composer and sound artist. Vivid, expressive, and full of bold colors, her music has been performed in more than 30 countries on six continents, widely awarded and commissioned, and published by Universal Edition. Her music's "seductive textures and angular harmonies" (Washington Post) build into "massive chords throwing out a wall of sound, like a modern-day Gabrieli" (San Francisco Classical Voice), and her focus on setting documentary and culturally resonant texts leads to works of "marvellous political power" (Louis Andriessen). She's held season-long composer residencies with American Opera Projects, Tribeca Performing Arts Center, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and San Francisco Choral Artists. Her other residencies include Yaddo, MacDowell, Hambidge, I-Park, and the Britten-Pears Foundation. She lives in Philadelphia with her spouses and son. 

Jan - Mar in order of Stay

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Leslie Blanco - no bio


Charles Curtis has pioneered new works for solo cello in collaboration with leading composers of our time. In addition, he has written extensively on the aesthetics of experimental music and issues of realization and performance. He is Distinguished Professor in the Department of Music at UC San Diego, and a sometime composer of original work which he performs himself. His concerts and recordings are acknowledged internationally and written about in journals such as The New Yorker, The New York Times, ArtForum, The Brooklyn Rail and many other publications.