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.

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...

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