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Theresa Williams Awarded Summer Residency at Provincetown

Posted by bgsuenglish on April 2, 2008

2008_summer_cov2.jpgTheresa Williams, Lecturer in Literature and Creative Writing, has been chosen by the Ohio Arts Council to participate in the Summer Writing Residency program at Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA. Ohio artists and writers who have received grants from OAC in the past five years were invited to apply. The application process required filling out a questionnaire and sending a ten page writing sample. Finalists were interviewed on Wednesday and Thursday of the last week of March. Theresa got the call at 10:30 in the morning that Friday that she had been chosen!

Theresa has published in The Chattahoochee Review, Sulphur River Literary Review, Paterson Literary Review, Seems, The Comstock Review, Visions International, and other magazines. Her short story, “Blue Velvis,” was nominated by The Sun for a Pushcart Prize. Her novel, The Secret of Hurricanes, was published in 2002 by MacAdam/Cage in San Francisco. 

The Ohio Arts Council chooses one writer and one visual artist for the FAWC residency each year. The residency provides traveling expenses, living expenses, an apartment, and the opportunity to attend three workshops. Also as part of the residency, OAC will sponsor a reading and reception for Theresa.

The Fine Arts Work Center was founded in 1968 by a group of artists, writers and patrons, who envisioned a place where young artists and writers could live and work together in the early phase of their careers:

The founders believed that the freedom to pursue creative work within a community of peers was the best catalyst for artistic growth. The Work Center has dedicated itself to this mission for nearly 40 years and is the leading long-term residency program in the country for emerging artists and writers. Each year the Visual Arts and Writing Committees, comprised of internationally recognized artists and writers, select twenty Fellows (ten visual artists and ten writers) from some 1,000 applications from around the world. The selection process is rigorous, and the Fellows are accepted entirely on the basis of work submitted.

Congratulations go out to Theresa!

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