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.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Master Class in Writing with Catherine Wagner November 16-17

Hi bloggos,

We have a fabulous workshop coming up...

Revisionary Trance
with Catherine Wagner
November 16 - 17

On the the first day of this workshop, we'll get down in our heads, our stressed-out infested heads, and learn how to enter trance states through self-hypnosis and soundwork. We won't abandon the stressed-out infestation. We will write poems during and after trance that rely exactly on the language that stresses and infests our heads. The idea is to become Klein bottles that pour language.

The second day will be revisionary. We'll play with the language we generated, separately and collaboratively artificing the free-pour, making chop charts and pop covers till we don't know what the original was, and then we'll see what we have, and we'll have an infestival.


Catherine Wagner is a poet. Her collections include Nervous Device (City Lights, 2012) and three books from Fence: My New Job (2009), Macular Hole (2004), and Miss America(2001). She is currently writing a column on poetry for the Los Angeles Review of Books, and her work has been anthologized in the Norton Anthology of Postmodern American Poetry, Out of Everywhere: Linguistically Innovative Poetry by Women in North America and the UK, Gurlesque, Poets on Teaching, Best American Erotic Poems and elsewhere. She is professor of English at Miami University and lives in Oxford, Ohio with her son Ambrose.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Ruby Anniversary Party at Roulette

Hello bloggettes and blogeens,

We had a lovely night on october 28 at the amazing performance space Roulette in Brooklyn...

The music, from Ralph Denzer's incredible Hungry Hollow Trio with special guests, was FABULOUS. The artists who ran encounter booths including Tarot, Love Artistry, Surrealist Portraits, Palm Reading, Hypnosis, Graphology and Fortune, were incredible. The wine and spirits (moonshine and whiskey from Dutch's Spirits) was delicious.

A grand time was had by us all...

Wednesday, October 30, 2013



Guess what?!?!?!

We made our goal of $20,000 on Indiegogo!! Thanks to all of you and your generosity and your loveliness. We did it!

This helps us beyond measure, financially, in terms of building our network, in terms of boosting our spirits.

Thank you thank you thank you! And your reward is no more pitches to give to our crowd-funding campaign.

And our undying gratitude! xoxoxo

Monday, October 28, 2013

Last Day of our Indiegogo Campaign

What is today, you ask?

Why today is Monday October 28. This means several things...

1. The work week begins.
2. A gorgeous fall day is upon us.
3. We have an amazing RUBY ANNIVERSARY PARTY happening tonight at ROULETTE IN BROOKLYN from 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM.
4. Today is the final day of our five-week Indiegogo campaign

We have a matching grant for our Indiegogo campaign today: Anything you give is doubled...

Given all of the above, we are very much hoping that you will be visit our campaign, check out the new video featuring the one and only Maria Damon and make a contribution of whatever size works for you. Your contribution will directly support residencies for artists at The Millay Colony.

Thank you in advance!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Matching Grant Opportunity - Double Your Impact

7 DAYS LEFT - Matching Grant Opportunity!

Our anonymous patron was so pleased with the response to the match two weeks ago, that there is an another offer to match any donations made over the next seven days up to ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS. Millay Friends, simply put:
we MUST secure every last penny from this match, and, ultimately, reach our $20,000 goal.

We cannot do what we do without your help. Period.

Share this! Tell Friends and friends and followers...

The Millay Colony for the Arts is Celebrating 40 Years!
Join us for our Ruby Anniversary Benefit Party
October 28, 2013 at 7:00 to 9:30 PM
At Roulette Brooklyn
Get your tickets here

Friday, October 18, 2013

Eleven More Days of Indiegogo...!!!

We have ELEVEN days left in our Indiegogo campaign...!!

Please take a look, get to know us, support us at whatever level is comfortable for you...your support makes it possible for us to bring artists to our gorgeous colony in 2014...

Thursday, October 17, 2013

First Edition of Nabokov's Lolita today on Indiegogo

Lo. Lee. Ta. 


We have a  first edition of Lolita as a brand new perk on our Indiegogo site today, good condition, gorgeous to behold. It will be, oh, the light of your life, the fire of your loins...


Enter this week's raffle to win two tickets to our amazing Ruby Anniversary Party at Roulette in Brooklyn on October 28...(live music and dancing! open bar! entertainment!):

The answer to last week's raffle question, "Which fruits did Ms. Millay note that she and her companion were eating on the ferry when she was both very tired and very merry?" was apples and pears!

And the winner was Scott Edward Anderson!

This weeks question is Name one of the fabulous careers that Calliope Nicholas enjoyed prior to becoming the AMAZING Residency Director at The Millay Colony for the Arts -- Calliope, you may not apply!   :)   

Send answers to by 3:00 PM Tuesday, October 22.

And check out the details of the party here:


Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Letterpress chapbook gorgeousness!!!

Hello literati,

Karen Randall, the most exquisite designer of chapbooks (through Least Weasel and Propolis Press) has put together a hand-crafted, letter-press cover chapbook for our Indiegogo campaign...

Contributors include Christopher Funkhouser, Christina Strong, Alan Sondheim, Joyelle McSweeney,  Harold Abramowitz, Claire Donato and so many more amazing people...

Read all about it HERE; 

And buy it here


Tuesday, October 15, 2013


Hello Dearies,

Happy Tuesday, Ruby! We are celebrating our 40th, that RUBY, anniversary.

Celebrate with us. We are inviting you to a party. Check out this new video from Millay Colony Alumna Melissa Buzzeo... she will be there to read your palm...

Buy tickets and check out our AMAZING NEW REWARDS -- just up today -- all on our Indiegogo campaign...

Rewards include: A Poker Party with Poker Pro Annie Duke    **      Tickets for The Millay Colony's 40th Anniversary Party at Roulette in Brooklyn on October 28     **    Poem written for your specialist special occasion by Annie Finch    **      Art    **     Massage      **     Dinner for Two   **   Limited Edition Chapbook...                and so so so so so much more...
PLUS  you can support the most amazing residency program, our very own Millay Colony, and make sure that other artists can spend time here, make art, be brilliant, be ARTISTS.

Could it get any better? Oh, yes, visit Indiegogo and see how...

Love, Millay

Friday, October 11, 2013

October 2013 resident artists Leslie Brack and Aaron Hodges talking about why they love their Millay Colony residency on film on our Indiegogo site...

Autumn at Millay...a lil' slice of heaven...

Thursday, October 10, 2013


Enter this week's raffle to win two tickets to our amazing Ruby Anniversary Party at Roulette in Brooklyn on October 28...(live music & dancing! open bar! entertainment!):

Which fruits did Ms. Millay note that she and her companion were eating on the ferry when she was both very tired and very merry?

Send answers to by 3:00 PM Tuesday, October 15.

Last week's winner was Billy Joe Bowling!

And check out the details of the party here:



Thursday, October 3, 2013


Hello dear readers,

Anyone who can answer this question by October 8 (Millay Colony application deadline day) will enter a raffle for two FREE tickets to our RUBY Anniversary Party on October 28 at ROULETTE in Brooklyn...

What does The Millay Colony have in common with WG Sebald?  Send answers to by October 8 at 3:00 PM.

For details about, and to buy tickets to, our party visit our gorgeous Indiegogo site and see Caroline, Calliope, Cara and a bunch of amazing resident artists on film... 

Monday, September 30, 2013

One last chance for the weekly raffle to win FREE TICKETS TO OUR ANNIVERSARY PARTY AT ROULETTE ON OCTOBER 28: What is the name of the property that houses yer friendly Millay Colony and Edna St. Vincent Millay's former house? Post to Winner announced first thing tomorrow. New raffle question tomorrow afternoon...go go go and visit our indiegogo go go...


Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Indiegogo Campaign is LIVE

Hey hey hey all friends of Millay!

Do you know about our INDIEGOGO campaign and have you visited it yet?

It is gorgeous! There is a film! You can support artists and the arts!

The rewards for giving -- beyond supporting FOUR artists who might not otherwise be able to nourish their careers and create new art with the assistance of a one-month residency at our gorgeous campus -- are incredible.

You can get tickets to our 40th anniversary party at Roulette in Brooklyn! 

You can get a manuscript review with Rebecca Wolff, editor of FENCE Magazine and FENCE Books

You can get a studio visit with major art critics, Barry Schwabsky or Martha Schwenderer

Annie Finch will write a poem just for you...


Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Millay Alum Jibade-Khalil Huffman: Solo Exhibition in LA!!

The Four People You Meet at Every Drug Deal
September 7 - October 26, 2013
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 7, 6-9 p.m.

Jibade-Khalil Huffman

Jibade-Khalil Huffman, still from Lake Overturn, 2013.  3-channel video, sound, 29 minutes

Samuel Freeman is pleased to present The Four People You Meet at Every Drug Deal,  a solo exhibition by Jibade-Khalil HuffmanHuffman will present a multimedia exhibition comprised of a 3-channel video and sculptural installation, a multi-channel slide work, a color and text-based video, and still life photographs.  The exhibition will take place throughout the entire gallery.
Huffman is an accomplished storyteller working in a variety of narrative systems.  In his poetry-based writings, Huffman has been recognized for his experimentation in syntax and style, while conveying a poignant, youthful sense of ‘what it means to be here, now’ – existentially, socially, culturally, and aesthetically.  Using history or certain traditions as a ground from which to deviate, Huffman brings “seemingly disparate subjects and objects into association without submitting to the ever-present temptation of over-determining their relationship…  And the poems certainly do deviate.”  In his book 19 Names for Our Band, “sentences don’t so much unfold as they do morph.  Often, a sentence will travel the entire length of a page more like a quickly-shifting river suddenly supplied with too much rain water, than a canal flowing through its pre-dug course.” Yet even with all his associative and syntactical shifts and jolts, “one can always follow the richness of the music.”  (Brett Price, Octopus Magazine #11)
In his most recent work, Huffman explores both language and image-based structures, colliding poetry—whether written or performed—with the underlying, pre-ordained structures of cinema, photography, and other mediated forms of communication.  Infrastructural systems found in filmmaking, including title sequences, credits and musical cues, are coopted by Huffman as new sites or prompts for a more complicated narrative or aesthetic. ‘Catalogs of gestures’ such as zooms or flickering cuts are, in effect, performed in parallel by Huffman’s psychologically-charged protagonists, or are seen reverberating through the marked editing of his photographic still lifes, lending to an always-shifting sense of place and memory, an aesthetic of the edit, an element of the absurd, and an appeal for heightened perception.
At the center of the exhibition, Huffman presents a newly expanded version of Lake Overturn, originally a 1-night live performance and video screening presented recently in a Hollywood industry screening room as a part of Pacific Standard Time Presents...  Both the film and live performance star Claire Titelman as a location scout whose emotional collapse is told through the imagery of formulaic Hollywood disaster films – ‘the only language she has left’.  As it plays out over the course of several days, Titelman’s location scout—performing improvisationally both inside the film and in front of it—ventures in and out of potential movie sites, contradicting and confirming any sense of place or time.
Huffman’s new Lake Overturn incorporates a voice-over narration by Titelman’s character, additional video channels, a built construction with hung photographs, and newly shot locations within Los Angeles domestic interiors, further exploring the tension between ‘the frightening banality of the potential for disaster, and the poetic banality of the everyday’.  Huffman undercuts this binary, yet again, through a stream of contradictions found within the text and soundtrack.
Jibade-Khalil Huffman (Detroit, 1981) is the author of two books of poems, 19 Names For Our Band (Fence, 2008) and James Brown is Dead (Future Plan and Program, 2011) as well as a forthcoming book, Sleeper Hold (Fence, 2014). His art and writing projects, spanning photography, video, performance and poetry, have been exhibited and performed at MoMA/PS1, Mt. Tremper Arts, and Scaramouche, New York; Machine Project, Public Fiction, Night Gallery, and Eighth Veil, Los Angeles; and Southern Exposure, San Francisco.  His work was recently included in the anthology The &Now Awards 2: The Best Innovative Writing (Northwestern University Press, 2013).  A graduate of Bard College and Brown University, he holds an MFA from the University of Southern California, and currently lives and works in Los Angeles.

September 7 - October 26, 2013
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 7,  6-9 p.m.
Gallery hours are Tuesday - Saturday, 11am - 6pm (or by appointment).  For additional information please contact us at or call 310-425-8601

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Diane Cameron in Troy

Millay Alum Diane Cameron to discuss politics, economics
and ethics of military trauma
          Troy, N.Y. – Diane Cameron, director of development at Unity House and an award-winning writer, will discuss her current work focusing on the politics, economics and ethics of military traumatic injury on Thursday, Sept. 19 at 6:30 p.m. at the Troy Public Library, 100 Second St. The topic of her discussion will be “Today’s Veterans and Military Trauma Across All Wars.”

Author of “Never Leave Your Dead,” a memoir and history of military trauma, Cameron has also written a very personal essay on the subject, “Iambic Pentameter and the Meter of War.”  The essay was published in the Bellevue Literary Review, a unique literary magazine that examines human existence through the prism of health and healing, illness and disease published by the Department of Medicine at New York University’s Langone Medical Center.

The event is open to the public and there is no charge.  Call 518.269.2255 for more information.

Friday, September 13, 2013


Hello Dear Readers, Dear Bloggers, Dear Friends,

We know you will be SAVING THE DATE for The Millay Colony's 40TH ANNIVERSARY BASH on OCTOBER 28 at the amazing performance space ROULETTE in Brooklyn...

We will be celebrating with a Ruby Anniversary Benefit Party at Roulette, the legendary performance space in downtown Brooklyn.

When: Monday, October 28, 2013, 7:00- 9:30pm

What: The Millay Colony for the Arts celebrates 40 years of support for over 2,500 artists with a Ruby Anniversary Benefit Party, featuring auctioneering, dancing, live music, and encounter booths in which Millay Alums share fortune telling, silhouette drawing, and more.

Where:  Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

Tickets: Available Starting September 23 on our IndieGoGo Site:

$50—VIP (Includes Encounter Booths, free specialty drinks, and a take-home goody)
$35—Advanced Ticket Price
$45—Day of Event Ticket Price

Experience the magic of The Millay Colony:

Live music & dancing with the Hungry Hollow Trio and Special Guests, led by Ralph Denzer
Open Bar: Beer wine cocktails
Food from Hawthorne Valley & Sahadi's Brooklyn
Auctioneering by Col. Quince Mountain,
PLUS  Encounter Booths with mystical Millay Alums, featuring:
Tarot readings by poet Mark Wunderlich
Graphology by artist Selena Kimball
Fortune telling with artist Annabel Daou
Hypnosis by poet and hypno-therapist Kristin Prevallet
Silhouette drawing by artist Patte Loper
Palm Reading by poet Melissa Buzzeo
Love by Love Artist Kathe Izzo

TICKETS from 9/23 onward
on our IndieGoGo Site:

Come and Celebrate with us!!

We promise you a great time...

Find us on Facebook at Millay Colony


Twitter at MillayCol

Love, your friends at The Millay Colony

Friday, August 30, 2013

NYC Weekend Workshop: Sept 21 - 22

B[e]aring the Line, Free[k]ing Your Mind
with R. Erica Doyle
September 21 - 22

How can we find language for the unspeakable ecstatic, the disastrous? How can we counter exposition with composition? How can we distill spillage, leakage and carnage with an eye towards not only our own liberation, but the planet's? In this workshop, through exercises and readings, we will trouble and excite the writer inside and see what new moves we can make.
R. Erica Doyle was born in Brooklyn to Trinidadian immigrant parents, and has lived in Washington, DC, Farmington, Connecticut and La Marsa, Tunisia. Her book proxy is new from Belladonna* and her poetry and fiction have appeared in Best American Poetry, Our Caribbean: A Gathering of Lesbian and Gay Writing from the Antilles, Callaloo, Best Black Women's Erotica, Bum Rush the Page, Bloom, and From the Fishouse, among others. She has received grants and awards from the Hurston/Wright Foundation and the Astraea Lesbian Writers Fund, and she was a New York Foundation for the Arts Poetry Fellow. Erica is also a fellow of Cave Canem: A Workshop and Retreat for Black Writers. She received her MFA in Poetry from the New School, and lives in New York City, where teaches in the NYC public schools and facilitates Tongues Afire: A Creative Writing Workshop for queer women and trans and gender non-conforming people of color.
Weekend Workshop Schedule: We will begin each four-hour class at 10:00 with coffee, tea and a lot of ideas about a lively, focused, smart writing and art practice. Total workhop time is eight hours. Lunch is served at each class and the day ends at 3:00 PM.
Weekend Fees: $250 for a weekend class, $450 for two Weekend Workshops, $650 for three Weekend Workshops. Limited Scholarships, based on need, are available.
Millay Colony Alumni receive a 30% discount.
For more information please get in touch with Caroline Crumpacker at 518-392-4144 or .

Tuesday, August 13, 2013


Hello there readers,

Today is a cool and foggy day at The Millay Colony and we are sitting back and preparing for the coming (Fall) season. A few things you might want to know...

We will be launching a spectacular crowd-funding campaign on the esteemed Indiegogo in late September. STAY TUNED...

We have an application deadline approaching: October 1m 2013 is the deadline for all applications in visual art, poetry, fiction, nonfiction, composing, playwriting,, give us a shout...

To apply, visit

And we have a fabulous 40th anniversary Ruby Party at Roulette in Brooklyn on October 28.

Join us!


Friday, August 9, 2013

Lovely Millay alum and friend Monica Byrne's What Every Girl Should Know at Fringe NYC, August 15-24...


Fascinating and chilling -The Indy Weekly
Powerful and Controversial -Triangle Arts & Entertainment

Millay Alum Sarah Dohrmann is teaching an 11-week travel memoir writing course in the city this fall (Tuesdays, September 24-December 10) for Sarah Lawrence College's Writing Institute.

Course registration can be found here:

Friday, July 26, 2013

YAY Molly Springfield, Millay alum...

She has new work in a group show, Autocorrect, opening on Thursday, July 25 at Josée Bienvenu Gallery in New York. The opening reception is from 6 to 8 pm. 

She is also in two other concurrent group shows.  Details below...

Josée Bienvenu Gallery, 529 W. 20th Street, New York, NY: July 25-September 19. Summer hours: 10 am-6 pm, Monday-Friday.

Tracy Williams, Ltd., 521 W. 23rd Street, New York, NY: June 28-August 9, 2013. Summer hours: 11 am-6 pm, Monday-Friday.
Chick Lit: Revised Summer Reading curated by Pilar Vahey and Molly Rand. Featuring work by twenty-six female artists, this exhibition explores how literature has influenced their work in ways that are completely distinct. Working directly from the narrative or the physical object itself, the exhibition includes embroidery, prints, sculpture, drawing, painting, photography and collage. Participating artists:

Center for the Arts Gallery, Towson University, Maryland: July 6-August 3, 2013
Slippage, the Summer Artscape exhibition, is organized by Daniel Belasco, Curator of the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, State University of New York. Slippage is a group show of artworks that portray moments when meaning shifts, switches or slips away.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Millay alum Katie Murken has two upcoming exhibitions...

THe installation Continua continues its national tour with a site-specific installation at Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton New Jersey opening this Saturday, July 27th from 2pm to... 4pm.

In September Katie will present a solo exhibition of a new series of collage-based drawings and sculptural assemblage at Space 1026 in Philadelphia. Entitled Fight Well Against the Future, the works imagine an encounter between past and present attitudes towards the future, nature and civilization. A limited edition print published by Justin Staller's Chronic Town Press will be available for sale throughout the exhibition which opens on Friday September 6th.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Artists Shares Vision with Fine Arts Students

Lilly Cox RichardAs part of a supplementary learning experience organized by the Millay Colony and the Arts program at Chatham High School, our Fine Arts class was fortunate enough to welcome Lily Cox-Richard into our classroom. Lily is currently an artist in residence at the Millay Colony and was generous enough to share her knowledge, and talent with our class. Lily achieved her MFA in sculpture and extended media from the Virginia Commonwealth University and her BFA in Jewelry/Metals from the California College of the Arts. Since then she has had a myriad of exhibitions of her amazing work that has continued to ask questions about life and causes people to question their own understanding.

Lily explained to the class that all of her work is supported and inspired through American history and research. Every piece is created through intense and thorough research and experiences that later create the understanding and foundation of the certain questions she intends to portray. For example, one of the pieces she shared was “Fruiting Bodies”. She discovered the Poor Farm in Manawa, WI, that once was a working facility for people that were unable to care for themselves due to poverty or mental illness. Now it acts as a canvas for artists to express themselves and the energy of the farm. Lily was personally drawn to the expansive cemetery and the humble marked graves but more dominantly the unmarked graves that were forgotten. As a representation of the unmarked graves and the connection to each other Lily created hundreds of sculpted mushrooms that she formed into rings on the property.

Another exhibit that Lily showed us was “Rapt” a sculpture study that was also inspired by cemeteries. Through her research of monuments and sculptures for the dead, she became increasingly interested in a particular aspect of the headstones- the hanging cloths that would often adorn the top of the headstones called shrouds. Upon developing this series of sculptures she began to ask many questions about the materials, origins, connections, and purpose of the sculpted fabric. The intensity and thoroughness of her research was revealed when she described her quest to understand the connection between the shrouds and the headstone itself in a marble mine. Lily felt that to fully answer her questions she had to spend time learning about the beginning of a sculpture in a mine. After her expansive research the final products were perfectly quizzical sculptures of shrouds without their accompanying headstones. As a result they looked as if they were floating, connecting them back to the cemeteries because of their ghostly resemblance.

Lily continued to show us and share with us her inner thoughts as these sculptures were created giving the class an intimate look into the full process of creating an exhibit. Lily further gave us an understanding of our potential futures and also inspired the class to develop their own artistic ideas and works. Thanks to Jude Harrigan and the Millay Colony the Fine arts class was able to connect the understanding of an artistic process while also being exposed to unique and thought provoking works of art.
- Grace Rugen, student, Senior Fine Arts Workshop

You can find this piece on the Chatham Schools Web site at

Friday, June 21, 2013

Millay Alum Robert Carl In the News!!


Robert Carl’s “The Geography of Loss”, a cantata for solo voices, chamber choir, and chamber orchestra, was premiered March 11, 2013 in Merkin Hall NYC by Khorikos under the direction of Jesse Peckham. He has had two CD releases in the last year: New World Records’ “Music from Japan”, all electroacoustic works utilizing Japanese sound sources and musical materials; and Innova Recordings’ “Shake the Tree”, featuring three large works for piano. He was also was the featured interview/profile for June in NewMusicBox, the online magazine of NewMusicUSA.

And for the future:

Robert Carl's new CD "Shake the Tree" will be released on Innova Recordings, featuring three large major piano pieces from the past decade. In summer 2013 he will composer-in-residence at the Wintergreen Music festival in the Virginia Blue Ridge. His Fifth Symphony will be premiered by the Hartt Philharmonia in December 2013.

Check him out!!: