Millay Colony for the Arts

Promoting the vitality of the arts and the development of writers, visual artists, and composers by providing a retreat for creative work.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Newsletter Online

Carl Ferrero, "Mantra"

Just one of the images from Millay alum in the latest newsletter from the Colony. A few pics, a piece from Lexa Walsh about the Nina Katchadourian workshop, a new poem from alum Cathy Wager, other tidbits await your eyes....

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Winter Retreats for Artists and Collectives

As our Residency season winds down and the last vegetables in the garden begin to fade, we are preparing for the cold crisp months ahead. A serious and cozy season when we invite artists to come a winter retreat of any length on our campus.

Enjoy a private bedroom and studio, access to our fully stocked kitchen & dining room, two libraries, a dark room, laundry, computers & printer, phone/fax and incredible grounds near ice-skating and cross-country skiing.

If you are an ALUMNI ARTIST...we would love to re-connect with you for a winter residency. You can come for two days, two weeks...whatever amount of time works for you. Any time between December 1 and March 28. For a small fee or a work exchange, you can have a private room, private studio and access to our kitchen, dining room, libraries and all public rooms.

If you are an ARTIST, but not an are most welcome. The terms are as above, but the fee/work exchange is slightly more. We are happy to accept guest artists and writers who need to prepare for an upcoming exhibit, publication deadline, or focus on their work. Acceptance is based solely at the discretion of the Colony administration, along with the number of weeks the guest artist can stay at the Colony.

If you are an Arts Group (theater company, small press, gallery staff, band, collaborative duo etc.) can have a pastoral retreat/think-tank/working vacation with all the trimmings at our dazzling Upstate New York campus. Up to Seven private bedrooms with double beds. Up to Seven private studios for work. Meeting and Dining Rooms. Possibility of Chef-prepared Dinners. This is rental by the night.

Whatever your needs, we can make your Colony retreat productive, inspiring and refreshing.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Pre-Holiday Party in Prospect Heights!

These are just a few of the pics from our last dapper holiday fest...

Come to our next!

Pre-Holiday Party in Prospect Heights
Saturday, November 5

Please join us to celebrate and honor the work of four wonderful arts organizations:

Fence and Fence Books
The Millay Colony for the Arts
The N+1 Foundation &
The Poetry Project

Party in a gorgeous Brooklyn Brownstone with a big backyard (heat lamps will keep us cozy). Enjoy food, wine, and good company.

7:00 to 8:00 - pre-party for Millay residents, alums, & friends.
8:00 to late - party with drinks and merry making for all.

381 Park Place #1, Brooklyn NY
Prospect Heights Neighborhood
Ph# 718-564-4516
B/Q to 7th Ave; 2/3 to Grand Army

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Cave Canem Brings the Drama Benefit Performance Oct 24

Here at the Millay Colony we adore Cave Canem in so many ways. Co-founder Cornelius Eady is a Millay alum, just for starters. As many of you know, we have a dedicated residency for a Cave Canem fellow every year. Well, we could go on, but would rather spend this time directing your attention to the benefit performance to support CC's incredible doings.

Here are the details:

a performance to benefit CAVE CANEM
directed by TED SOD

... SUZZANNE DOUGLAS performing selections from FLED by MAY JOSEPH

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General Seating $40
VIP Tickets $125 - $500
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Actress, singer, director and producer SUZZANNE DOUGLAS has appeared on Broadway in The Threepenny Opera, It’s a Grand Night for Singing, The Tap Dance Kid and Into the Woods. Off‐Broadway, she recently appeared in the premiere of Kara Lee Corthron’s Julius by Design. She has won two NAACP Image Awards for her performances in, respectively, Tap, alongside Sammy Davis, Jr. and Gregory Hines, and Regina Taylor’s play Crowns. She co‐starred with Robert Townsend in the Warner Brothers’ family sitcom The Parent ’Hood, and has appeared in several critically acclaimed television shows, including The Good Wife and NYPD Blue.

Currently appearing in productions of The Grasshopper Way and The Winterʹs Tale, SAMANTHA MAURICE has been acting since playing the role of Molly in Annie at age six. She is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and also studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London. Ms. Maurice recently performed as a dancer in Ray Bradbury’s musical 2116 at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

TRACIE MORRIS is an interdisciplinary poet who has worked extensively as a sound artist, writer, actor, academic and multimedia performer. She is the author of the poetry collection Chap-T-her Won and five forthcoming projects: two books of creative writing, a collection of critical writing, and two recording projects—sharpmorris (with Elliott Sharp) and Introducing the Tracie Morris Band. She is Associate Professor of Humanities and Media Studies at Pratt Institute.

LILI TAYLOR has appeared in dozens of films since 1988, including Dogfight, Mystic Pizza and Rudy. She is well known for playing the lead role of Valerie Solanas in the 1996 film I Shot Andy Warhol and for her portrayal of Lisa Kimmel Fisher in the Emmy- and Golden Globe- winning HBO drama Six Feet Under. Ms. Taylor received the 2005 Best Actress award at the Copenhagen International Film Festival for her role in Factotum.

JOHN DOUGLAS THOMPSON has been called “one of the most compelling classical stage actors of his generation,”winning Obie and Lucille Lortel awards for his portrayal of Othello with Theater for a New Audience. He has performed in such modern classics as Cyrano de Bergerac on Broadway and Hedda Gabler at the New York Workshop Theater; and he played the lead role in Eugene O’Neill’s The Emperor Jones at the Irish Repertory Theater.

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TED SOD's directorial credits include, among others, How To Be A Good Italian Daughter in Spite of Myself, (Cherry Lane Theatre); Blood Type: Ragu (Actors’ Playhouse/Capital Rep); By Jupiter (York Theatre Co.); Agnes of God; A Night In Tunisia; Talley’s Folly; Wit (George Street Playhouse) and Who Popped Poppi Chulo? and Scarlet Sees the Light for the New York City Fringe Festival. He is the librettist of the musicals The Cousins Grimm and 27, Rue de Fleurus; and produced, wrote and acted in Crocodile Tears, an independent feature. Other works written for the stage include Stealing, Damaged Goods, Salon, The Kiss, A Rude Awakening, Satan and Simon Desoto and The Lost Art of Conversation. He has acted in plays produced by The Public Theatre, The Culture Project, Second Stage, Playwrightsʹ
Horizons, American Place Theatre, BAM Theatre Company, the Circle, Seattle and Yale Repertory Companies, among others; and has appeared in the television series Bored To Death, Nurse Jackie, Ugly Betty, Law and Order, Law and Order: Criminal Intent and Law and Order: SVU. Mr. Sod is currently dramaturge for the education department at The Roundabout Theatre Company in New York City.


CORNELIUS EADY is the author of eight books of poetry, most recently Hardheaded Weather (Penguin, 2008). His Victims of the Latest Dance Craze received the 1985 Lamont Prize from the Academy of American Poets; Running Man, a jazz opera with a score by Diedre Murray and libretto by Eady, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama; and a production of Brutal Imagination won the 2002 Oppenheimer award for the best first play by an American playwright. With Toi Derricotte, he is co-founder of Cave Canem. He is Professor of English and the Miller Family Endowed Chair in Literature and Writing at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

JESSICA HAGEDORN's novels include Dream Jungle; The Gangster Of Love, nominated for the Irish Times International Fiction Prize; Dogeaters, nominated for a National Book Award; and Toxicology, forthcoming from Viking Penguin in 2011. Recent work in theatre includes the musical play Most Wanted, a collaboration with composer Mark Bennett and director Michael Greif; Fe in The Desert and Stairway to Heaven; and the stage adaptation of Dogeaters, which was presented at the NYSF/Public Theater, in Manila and elsewhere. Ms. Hagedorn is the Parsons Family University Professor of Creative Writing at Long Island University in Brooklyn.

MAY JOSEPH is a puppeteer, theater director and the founder of Harmattan Theater in New York City. The author of Nomadic Identities: The Performance of Citizenship (1999), she currently is completing a play, Fled, and a book on urban citizenship, Metro Lives: Performing the City. She is Professor of Global Studies in the Department of Social Science and Cultural Studies at Pratt Institute.

CASEY LLEWELLYN is a theater artist whose work interrogates identity and form. Excerpts of her play The Quiet Way have been presented as part of the Little Theatre series and Puppet BloK at Dixon Place. She has performed in and written for David Neumann's work at Barnard College and was seen last year at The Tank in All you need is one good idea, son, choreographed by Yve Laris Cohen.

CLAUDIA RANKINE has published four collections of poetry, most recently Don’t Let Me Be Lonely. Her plays include the revelatory Provenance of Beauty: A South Bronx Travelogue, called an “elegant meditation on a pocket of the city you might never think of exploring with guidebook in hand” by The New York Times’ Charles Isherwood; and Existing Conditions (with Casey Llewellyn), a full-length work exploring race, gender and nation building. A recipient of the Cleveland State Poetry Prize and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Lannan Foundation and elsewhere, she is the Henry G. Lee Professor of English at Pomona College.

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Cave Canem fellow MAHOGANY L. BROWNE is the author of several books, including Swag and Dear Twitter: Love Letters Hashed Out On‐line. She has released five LPs, is the co‐founder of the Off Broadway poetry production Jam On It, and co‐producer of New York City’s SoundBites Poetry Festival. She is an Urban Word New York City mentor; publisher of Penmanship Books, a small press for performance artists; a freelance journalist; and host and curator of Friday Night Slam at New York City’s Nuyorican Poets Cafe.See More

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Reading & Wine-tasting at Poets House in NYC to Benefit The Millay Colony

Cathy Wagner & Timothy Donnelly
read new work

followed by a wine reception featuring
the best wines of Fall with delicious food to complement

October 6, 6 PM
Poets House
10 River Terrace, New York City
Tickets $10 - fully tax deductible

Catherine Wagner's published collections include Miss America, Macular Hole and My New Job (Fence Books) and a dozen chapbooks, including Everyone in the Room is a Representative of the World at Large (Bonfire Press). She has also edited the anthology Not for Mothers Only (Fence Books). She is an Associate Professor of English at Miami University, Ohio.

Timothy Donnelly is the author of two books of poetry, Twenty-seven Props for a Production of Eine Lebenszeit, and The Cloud Corporation. He earned a BA from the Johns Hopkins University, an MFA from Columbia University, and a PhD from Princeton University. Donnelly is an assistant professor and director of undergraduate creative writing at Columbia University. He is also the poetry editor for Boston Review.

Friday, September 9, 2011


Due to Hurricane Irene issues in NY State. We're fine, but many potential applicants are flooded and requesting extra time. Blessings to them and to all applicants!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Jonathan Skinner returns to The Millay Colony for the Arts

Hello all you many, you brave and brash readers of this blog,

We want to let you know that ecopoetician Jonathan Skinner will be back at The Millay Colony for the Arts this September. Last year's workshop was a tour de force. Jonathan arrived with some 100 books ranging from critical theory to field guides. The class had its own library and, when not reading and talking, spent a lot of time in the 100s of acres of woods, meadows, streams, crests and valleys near The Millay Colony listening, watching and generating.

Join us this year for Jonathan's class in all its lushness, sagesse and brilliance...

Listening Sounding Writing: An Ecopoetics Workshop with Jonathan Skinner
September 29 to October 2
"We'll meet outdoors, approach local soundscapes, translate bird and insect song, walk with our ears, and write out of deep listening. We'll track sounds with Ak'abal, Eigner, Howe, Johnson, Khelbnikov, MacLow, Neidecker, O'Sullivan, Patton, Vicuna and many others. In addition to poems (new or renewed) we'll try our hand at field recordings and scoring/writing sound walks."

This workshop includes 12 hours of class time, all meals (made from fresh organic produce) and a private bedroom and studio if desired. For a full workshop description and bio of Jonathan Skinner, visit

Hope you can join us! JS is incredible and we have an amazing natural laboratory to work with/in.

Millay Colony for the Arts Offers 2nd Annual Cave Canem Residency

Millay Colony for the Arts continues its collaboration with Cave Canem with the second annual CC Residency for the 2012 season. The Colony, which offers one-month residencies to six visual artists, writers and composers every month between April and November, has designated one of each year’s 48 coveted spots for a Cave Canem poet.

Founded in 1996 by poets Toi Derricotte and Cornelius Eady to remedy the under-representation and isolation of African American poets in MFA programs and writing workshops, Cave Canem is a home for the many voices of African American poetry and is committed to cultivating the artistic and professional growth of African American poets.

“We’re pleased to partner with the Millay Colony for the Arts to establish an annual residency for a Cave Canem poet,” said Cave Canem Executive Director Alison Meyers. “Opportunities for writers to work uninterrupted in tranquil surroundings are rare—so this residency is a very welcome addition to our program of services.”

Caroline Crumpacker, Executive Director of the Millay Colony, agreed. “All of us at The Millay Colony are honored to be working with Cave Canem, a generous/generative organization that has added so much depth and intelligence to the conversation around and within contemporary poetry. We very much look forward to welcoming Cave Canem fellows to our Colony and, thereby, expanding the conversation that takes place here.”

The Colony offers comfortable private rooms, private studio spaces, and ample time to work in a quiet, pastoral atmosphere. The facilities are located on the property where the poet Edna St. Vincent Millay lived at the height of her literary career. The campus has seven-acres of meadows and forest in Austerlitz, New York, USA, adjacent to the former Millay home and gardens and the exquisite Harvey Mountain State Forest.

The Millay Colony provides food for breakfasts, lunches, and weekend dinners. On Monday through Friday evening meals are prepared by an excellent local chef. There is no obligation, however, to be present with the group at the prepared evening meal. We have a share in a nearby bio-dynamic farm and so the bulk of our food is local and farm-fresh.

To Apply:
Cave Canem Fellows will go through the juried application process. One Fellow is guaranteed a residency. The rest of the Cave Canem Fellows who’ve applied will also be considered for additional spots.

Online application submission for 2012 Residency Program.

Application submissions via mail also available for 2012 season.

Cave Canem applicants should indicate their status as fellows in response to the application question, "How did you hear of Millay Colony?" Details and form are available on the website.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Domain Has Properly Propagated!

Website is up and running and lively as usual. Application process back on track. All the information you need and the online forms are available.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Website Up Shortly

Quick post to note the temporary nap for our website. Lots of you wonderful artists are working on your applications and have been stymied by domain issues. Not to worry! All will be back online very soon...

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

New Residency Options and Deadline

The Millay Colony for the Arts today announced three important new additions to its roster of artist residencies on its pastoral upstate New York/Berkshire area campus. While continuing to offer month-long residencies to visual artists, writers, and composers, the Millay Colony is now offering three new ways to spend time as a resident. "In our continuing efforts to meet the ever-evolving needs of the artistic community," says Executive Director Caroline Crumpacker, "we are now able to support artists who can't manage a full month away, but for whom a shorter residency could provide a tremendous boost. We also want to recognize the importance of collaborations and collectives to and within contemporary art-making."

The Two-Week Residency
In order to accommodate artists who cannot partake of a month-long residency, Millay is now offering two two-week sessions in the month of September only, for up to seven artists per session. These sessions function exactly as our popular longer sessions do, highlighted by private bedrooms, private studios, and all meals.

The Virtual Residency
This new residency is specifically for working artists and/or artists with children who cannot spend prolonged time away from home but could benefit from the support of a residency in modified form. The 'Virtual Resident' can participate in one of The Millay Colony's month-long residency on weekends only and will receive a stipend of $1,000 to assist in securing time off/childcare/art supplies or other resources necessary to the making of new work.

The Group Residency
The Millay Colony awards one five-day Group Residency each year to a group of between three and seven collaborating artists. This is available to any artists groups, including but not limited to musicians and bands, publishing collectives, theater and dance troupes, galleries, etc. -- or simply individuals collaborating on a project.

"Millay Colony's new residency formats demonstrate the Colony's responsiveness to the needs of today's artists," says Alliance of Artists Communities' executive director, Caitlin Strokosch. "Artists with young families and artists with a collective practice are particularly under-served by other resources and it is exciting to see residency programs developing creative solutions to these challenges."

The Millay Colony for the Arts is an artists' residency program and artists' center located on the extraordinary property of poet Edna St. Vincent Millay in Austerlitz, NY. Its mission is to nurture and promote the vitality of the arts by providing artists with a rural home that encourages intensity and exploration in the context of nurturing artistic community.

The deadline for 2012 residencies is September 15, 2011.

To apply for any of these residencies visit or for more information call Residency Director Calliope Nicholas at 518-392-3103

Friday, July 15, 2011

Kevin Vaughn Innaugurates the Cave Canem Residency at Millay

Photo by Rachel Eliza Griffiths

"My proposed project for my time at Millay is to further work on my debut collection of poems. In it, I appropriate the titles of the original series of "Star Trek" from the 1960s. I chose the titles for their poetic beauty, such as "For the World Is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky" and "Who Mourns for Adonais", but not out of any specific reference to the television program itself. However, when I arrive at Millay, I will have come directly from the University of Missouri's Greece Summer Seminars, where I will be studying literary translation and at work on the Polish National poet, Adam Mickiewicz's, "Crimean Sonnets". With hope, the two projects can cross-pollinate each other."

Kevin's publication credits include: Callaloo, Crab Orchard Review, and the anthologies "The Southern Poetry Anthology: Volume V: Georgia" ed. William Wright and "Killer Verse: Poems about Mayhem and Murder," eds. Kurt Brown and Howard Schlecter.

Millay Colony for the Arts has partnered with Cave Canem to support the development of African-American Poetry with the dedication of a residency to a CC poet. 2011 is the first of many to come.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

PARTY! Come one, come all...

July 23rd
5 to 8pm
Artmaking is not a luxury.
Supporting it is fun!

For details and to buy tickets:

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

June Goodness at the Colony

From top: Dustin London, Liz Ainslie, flowers with bee, flowers with barn, Lydia Paar and friend

June residents are feasting on the surrounds here, as are the bees, birds, and our little four-legged mascot Chelsea. You can see her keeping writer Lydia Paar company. What haven in the hills for art is complete without an under-the-table muse?

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Renowned Artist Nina Katchadourian to Lead Workshop at the Colony

Family: Artmaking with Nina Katchadourian
June 30 to July 2 2011

This subject is something that is often (un)comfortably close at hand, rich with potential, and complicated to work with. The workshop aims to take an objective view of the topic on one hand, by looking at the work of artists (Janine Antoni, Patty Chang, Richard Billingham, Sally Mann, Gillian Wearing and Neil Goldberg among others) who have taken it up from a variety of proximities, but also to delve into the deeply subjective. This presents challenges: how do you allow an unknown viewer access to a story you are so close to? How do you prevent the personal from becoming solipsistic and self-indulgent? Working with this subject can obviously be personal, but it can also be a way to explore broader subjects concerning genealogy, history and origin, and the question of what it means to "be related" to someone in the first place.

The workshop is not restricted to any one medium and a cross-disciplinary approach is welcomed. Although not required, participants are encouraged to bring family documents that hold particular allure from them as possible starting points to work from.

Nina Katchadourian works in a wide variety of media including sculpture, photography, video and sound. Several times, she has worked with her family directly in collaboration (such as in "Accent Elimination," where she and her parents worked with a professional voice coach to acquire each other's accents) or other times by examining a family document in depth ("The Nightgown Pictures," based on a photo-document made by her grandmother about Katchadourian's mother). Other projects, such as "The Genealogy of the Supermarket," looks at the way family is portrayed through the images of people that appear on common grocery store products. Katchadourian was born in Stanford, California and grew up spending every summer on a small island in the Finnish archipelago, where she still spends part of each year. She is based in Brooklyn, NY. Her work has been exhibited domestically and internationally at places such as PS1/MoMA, MASS MoCA, Artists Space and SculptureCenter in New York, the Serpentine Gallery, London, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego. In 2006 the Tang Museum in Saratoga Springs, New York exhibited a 10-year survey of her work and published an accompanying monograph entitled All Forms of Attraction. Katchadourian is represented by Sara Meltzer gallery in New York and Catharine Clark gallery in San Francisco. More information on Katchadourian's work can be found at

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Save the Date!

Our annual party on the gorgeous grounds of the Colony!

Last year, despite intense weather, we had our best party yet. The coolest art by Chris Kardambikis and Jasdeep Khaira hung from our buildings and tent, as well as adorned tabletops. Laura Silver hula hooped. We had wine and conversation, music and auctions. Open studios. Food. Poets. Writers. Artists of all stripes and those who love them.

This year we will have all the goods - plus ambient dancers in the mix! We think Edna sure knew what she was doing carving out this corner of the world for all sorts of reveling...

Friday, May 20, 2011

Color at the Colony

Kate Vida was in residence here last month and used the grounds to amazing advantage. The sets were eye-popping, as you can see, as well as ear! Working in the office we could hear the occasional over-inflation of the props. We're really excited to see the video clips from this shoot and hope to share snippets soon. Meantime, gawk these pics!

Photos by Adam Baran

Kate Vida is an interdisciplinary artist based in Connecticut and New York City. Her wearable forms exaggerate and amplify relationships between what the body can do and what the forms enable (or deny) the body to attempt. She received her MFA from Yale University in Painting and her BFA from Rhode Island School of Design. She has performed at The Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven and Mass MoCA, North Adams. Vida recently apprenticed at The Budapest Puppet Theater in Budapest, Hungary where she learned traditional mask construction techniques.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Barn Swallow: Millay Newsletter Online

Millay Colony for the Arts is at last fully digital! Well, our newsletter is. Lots of zeros and ones somehow magically provide the color, poems, details, and photos from doings at the Colony for your viewing pleasure. We're using a new online interface that simulates pages turning with the touch of the cursor. You can zoom in and all around then back out. It might take some getting used to, but it's easy once you get the hang of it!

Inside you'll find a personal essay from July resident Robert Glück, a write-up on our pilot program with Teachers & Writers (see photo below), application tips from two-time poetry juror Rachel Levitsky, and much more.

Teaching-Poet Adam Wiedewitsch in Germantown High School

Barn Swallow Issue 10 Winter/Spring 2011 is chock full. Check it out and let us know what you think.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

2011 Residency Season Underway!

The long winter seemingly has not left the hills here. No, not snow. But chill and fog and huddling over hot drinks are still with us. The signs of spring do show themselves. The robins poking the field for worms - there must be 30 of them at any one time - the mudded road, and oh, the residents! Artists and writers and music at the Colony. Creatures all foraging the lay of the campus for words, color, lines, and notes. (And coffee, of course.)

Friday, April 8, 2011

Tisa Bryant Workshop Retreat

Try Anything: A Lab for New Writing
May 29 to June 2, 2011

According to the Oxford Dictionary, an experiment is defined as "an action of trying anything." To try to reproduce the mind's questions, the eye's scrutiny of place, relation, space, the meaning of being in the world, alive and feeling, may demand that we break rules, trespass borders, re-imagine the embodied voice, its language of signs and symbols. What does one do when such attempts at translating ourselves are not easily contained within a single genre, form or register? This class is lab for such questioning, regeneration and discovery. We will create new writing borne from the Millay environment, the bodies of your own poems, essays, fictions or plays, all inspired by various source texts, trunks of special junk and myriad cellular memories. We will make new writing that functions on a number of levels (or not at all!), by design, or by the nature of the beast. Throughout, we'll share our own attempts, findings, failures and intentions, and encourage deeper forays into creative possibility. Requirements: Bring some old, new, or in progress works, and try to give yourself over to fascination, obsession and different ways of doing.

Tisa Bryant is the author of Unexplained Presence (Leon Works, 2007), a collection of hybrid essays on black presences in film, literature and visual art. She is co-editor of the cross-referenced journal of narrative and storytelling possibility, The Encyclopedia Project, which produced Encyclopedia Vol. 2 F-K, in 2010. She is also co-editor of War Diaries, an anthology on black gay men’s desire and survival, published in 2010 by AIDS Project Los Angeles. Her work has recently appeared or is forthcoming in the journals 1913, Animal Shelter, Mandorla, Mixed Blood, in the ‘zine, Universal Remote: Meditations on the Absence of Michael Jackson, and the solo exhibits of visual artists Jaime Cortez, Wura-Natasha Ogunji, and filmmaker/installation artist Cauleen Smith. She teaches prose, hybrid forms and innovative ethnic literature at the California Institute of the Arts.

The Millay Colony for the Arts offers four-day retreat workshops on Colony's sylvan setting. Each class includes twelve hours of workshop time, all meals, and ample time to work, ruminate and explore our lush natural surroundings. Private bedrooms and spacious private studios are available for all participants.

These workshops offer artists a chance to delve into their work, explore new ideas, meet extraordinary teaching artists and collaborate with others while spending intense work-time on our gorgeous campus. Fragrant with blueberries, thyme, and wildflowers, the quiet loveliness of our campus provides uninterrupted calm and inspiration—the perfect retreat for creativity and relaxation.

For more information and to apply:

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Updated Deadline for 2012

We know fall is a long way off. Oh don't we feel like spring isn't even here yet.
Regardless, it's time to let everyone know we've moved up our application deadline for 2012 residency season to September 15, 2011. This will help us get all our wonderful artists and juries and slides and colors and lines in conversation prior to the holidays. Yes, a V8 moment...

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Mourning Akilah Oliver

All of us at The Millay Colony are mourning Akilah Oliver. She was one of our poetry jurors this year and two years ago. We are grateful to her for this, as for we are for her poetry and her self.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Tabling at AWP

Cara and Caroline so happy at the Millay table!

It's our plan to be in DC this week. Table I-13 in the bookfair. Amidst the journals and books and readings and signings and poets and memoirists and screenwriters and bookmarks and of course the snow. All that snow! If the USPS can go on, so will art.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Snow Art in the Berkshires

New genre artist Sonja Hinrichsen descends in snowshoes on the rolling hills of Columbia County this January to make snow art in response to the landscape. The project will be open for the public to view and participate as Hinrichsen walks the “canvas” at the Columbia Land Conservancy managed property of the Ooms Conservation Area at Sutherland Pond.

Hinrichsen first conceived of the project while spending a winter in the Colorado Rockies photographing footprints and animal tracks in the snow. This led her to experiment with her own footprints as she was walking across large expanses of untouched surface area. “The snow became a giant canvas,” says Hinrichsen, “almost limitless, yet unforgiving of any execution flaws…my designs are required to be composed of one single uninterrupted line.”

Hinrichsen, a Millay Colony for the Arts alumna, will create each drawing as one single performance act, which can take anywhere between 20 minutes and several hours, depending on the size and density of each piece. Also varying is the length of time the art will survive. “At the time of its creation,” she says, “the duration of each piece is completely unpredictable. It can last as long as a few days or as short as a couple of hours only.” Hinrichsen doesn’t mind this. In fact, that is part of the appeal. “I like the ephemeral character of this work and how it defines the landscape during its short presence. I like that these works are reclaimed by nature within a short time, while they live on only in their photographic documentation.”

Sonja Hinrichsen received her MFA in New Genres from the San Francisco Art Institute and two State Exams in visual art and media art from the Academy of Fine Art Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany. Sonja, who exhibits nationally and internationally in solo and group exhibitions, has received numerous awards and fellowships as well as 21 residencies in artist colonies around the world including her 2007 stay at the Millay Colony. During the length of this winter visit she will reside as a Winter Shaker at the Colony with additional snow works on the grounds available for viewing.

The 180-acre Ooms Conservation Area at Sutherland Pond contains a scenic pastoral landscape with spectacular panoramic views of rolling countryside and the Taconic Mountains. The property is owned by the Open Space Institute and managed by the Columbia Land Conservancy. Hinrichsen plans to create a series of snow drawings during her two week stay.

Directions to the Rock City Road parking area and entrance at For further information the public can contact Columbia Land Conservancy at 518-392-5252.