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.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Let us all celebrate Claire Donato

The amazing Millay friend and alum Claire Donato's book, Burial, is now available from Tarpaulin Sky Press, just in time for summer vacation!

Set in the mind of a narrator who is grieving the loss of her father, who conflates her hotel room with the morgue, and who encounters characters that may or may not exist, Burial is a little novel about an immeasurable black hole. The book grapples with ontology and trades plot for ambience; the result is a lyrical elegy with no small amount of rot and vomit and ghosts.

You can read a review of the book at Publisher's Weekly and learn more about its portability at PW's Best Summer Books 2013 list.

Burial is available from Small Press Distribution or directly from Tarpaulin Sky Press. (It's also on Amazon.)

Also available from TSky are three new books by David Wolach, Joyelle McSweeney, and Johannes Goransson, all of which of which were thoughtfully edited by the inimitable Christian Peet, and all of which I highly recommend.

For those of you who teach, Mlle. Donato is available for classroom visits in the fall. She recently visited the University of Notre Dame and The New School.

Jennifer Yorke: Packer Schopf Gallery

Packer Schopf Gallery
942 West Lake Street
Chicago Illinois 60607

Reception Friday May 24, 5-8 pm

On View May 24-July 6 2013
Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 11 am-5:30 pm
Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Please join me this Friday evening for the opening of the intriguing new show at Packer Schopf Gallery, which we will celebrate along with Memorial Day.  I have just signed on with the gallery and am delighted to have work downstairs alongside other gallery artists.

I made this work with the support of theMillay Colony for the Arts, for which I am deeply grateful.

Aron Packer also plans a solo show of my work in 2014.  I am very excited about this news and will share more details soon!

Best Regards,

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Goodbye Writer's Block: A Master Class in Writing with Kara Lee Corthron

The weekend of May 11-12, The Millay Colony for the Arts welcomed the amazing Kara Lee Corthron as leader of a workshop on breaking through Writer's Block, held at the gorgeous loft offices of Trisha Brown Dance Company, in Tribeca.

Nine students gathered around the table, talked, shared work and, most importantly, wrote and wrote and was a fabulous class, and we are delighted that everyone could be with us.

And what a great group. Many writers already very far along in their journey. A lot of insightful and illuminating conversation...

A lot of great projects-in-the-works that were galvanized within this class...

Some very charismatic and funny story-tellers...

Some very persuasive narratives...

And Kara, all the time, leading the group toward more writing, toward breakthroughs, toward getting their clearest and most powerful writing into the world...

Thanks to everyone for an amazing class!

Thursday, May 2, 2013

From the amazing and delightful Sujin Lee, Millay alumna, former Millay juror and video artist, extraordinaire...

Voicing the Sound
TODAY, Thursday, May 2nd, A.I.R. Gallery
111 Front St. #228, Brooklyn, NY 11201
F to York or A/C to High St.

This is part of the 1st Thursday Dumbo Gallery Walk and there are many other galleries open in Dumbo tonight, so stop by.

--Other News--
Her video, This is a story for small children, a true-life love story is traveling to South Korea.  The video will be featured in the 5th Off and Free Film Festival, which will take place at the Seoul Museum of Art from May 7 - May 26.
To view the screening schedule, please see the link below:

Go Sujin!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Chatham Schools and Millay Colony!!

Hello hello!

As you know, The Millay Colony partners with The Germantown and The Chatham Schools to bring teaching artists into the classroom for amazing Master Class experiences in writing and the visual arts...

Here is one student's account of a Master Class with Carl Ferrero...

Ferraro talks to classEarlier this month, acclaimed visual artist Carl Ferraro visited Chatham’s senior Fine Arts Workshop class to introduce himself and his widely recognized artwork. The New Jersey native currently lives in and works out of New York City, yet teaches art classes at the Boston School of the Museum of Fine Arts.
Ferraro has expressed that throughout college and his career, people have not always been interested in the style and message of his art; however, he has stayed true to himself and garnered great success through a plethora of mediums, ranging from watercolor to graphite to oil on linen. Ferraro demonstrates a skillful ability to expose an issue and give creative voice to his opinions. One frequent theme in his work is the usage of flags. He has been using flags for many years because he likes the pattern and feels they signify students look at imagecelebration. Additionally, Ferraro often uses words in his art to more clearly send messages, bolding phrases such as “You Own Nothing” and “Everything Must Go.”
Of all his work, he cannot point to a favorite; nonetheless, his most favorite aspect of his art is (hopefully) its tendency to incline viewers to take a double take. For instance, one work illustrates a splatter seemingly of ink. Yet, after re-evaluating the piece, it is clear that the splatter is actually drawn in graphite.
The motive and purpose behind Ferraro’s art is to create something that people will want to keep looking at. Undoubtedly, his unique creative expression is evidence that we will definitely continue to look at and be inspired by his work.

-Written by Elizabeth Paolucci
Fine Arts Workshop

To find it on the Chatham Public Schools web site, visit

And more soon...