2018 Meg Hunt Artists in Residence
July 30 - August 13
Monson's book Frontier Grit came out in 2016. It features twelve incredible pioneer women drawn from all corners of the globe who settled the American West who endured hardships, overcame obstacles, broke barriers, and changed the world. The book profiles women such as: Abigayle Scott Duniway, who lost her mother on the Oregon trail, but dedicated forty years of her life to fighting for women's suffrage. Zitkala-Sa, who traveled from her native lands to the East to receive an education--which she used to speak out on behalf of native people. Clara Brown, who escaped a life of slavery and went onto amass a fortune on the frontier, which she used to fund the underground railroad. Monson connects these stories with modern day issues, inspiring readers to live boldly and bravely--to live with grit. Frontier Grit is available at Godfather's Books and Lucy's books in Astoria.
Marianne Monson is the author of ten books for children and adults. She is deeply interested in the connection between literature and history, with a focus on the frontier era. She holds a BA in English Literature and an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She has two children and writes from a 100 year old house in the town of Astoria, Oregon. She has taught Creative Writing and English for a number of colleges, and currently teaches at Clatsop Community College. Her forthcoming book, Women of the Blue and Gray: Civil War Mothers, Medics, Soldiers, and Spies will be released in fall 2018.
August 16 - 30
Abigail Chabitnoy’s work is rooted in story and attempts to realize the potential of poetry as an act of witness and tool for social change and healing. Her current work is interested in the archive, like history, like tradition, at once full of holes and yet overflowing with all it might—yet doesn’t—contain. What makes it into the archives? What gets preserved? What of the daily? The digital? What are the stories that have been told to shape our reality, and how will we choose to rewrite them? Poems in this work seek to document narratives of survival, adaptation, the daily and the historical to escape the hegemony of a dominant singularity.
Abigail earned her MFA in poetry at Colorado State University and was a 2016 Peripheral Poets fellow. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Hayden’s Ferry Review, Tin House, Gulf Coast, Pleiades, Red Ink, and Pinch. She is an enrolled descendant of the Koniag Corporation and member of the Tangirnaq Native Village in Kodiak, Alaska. She grew up in Pennsylvania and currently resides in Colorado, where she is a research associate for a consulting firm specializing in supporting indigenous self-determination. Her debut poetry collection, How to Dress a Fish, is forthcoming from Wesleyan University Press.
July 30 - August 13
Ann Mansolino is a visual artist whose work explores the relationship between the internal self and external ideas of place through photography, writing, and handmade books. She is interested in the ways in which landscape can help us understand ourselves – as metaphors for our internal experience, as well as expressions of our more literal relationship to nature and the larger world we inhabit.
Ann currently lives in Calgary, Canada, where she is an Associate Professor of Photography at Alberta College of Art + Design. Originally from California, Ann has traveled widely and has taught photography in Oregon, California, Michigan, Ohio, and Singapore. She also spent a year teaching English in Russia. Her photographic and book arts work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in the United States, Canada, Guatemala, Slovenia, England, Northern Ireland, Japan, and Singapore.
Hadley Austin and Yoni Goldstein
August 16 - 30
Hadley Austin and Yoni Goldstein are a transdisciplinary duo with practices connecting film, sound, philosophy, and history.
Yoni has been working professionally since 2014 as a director, editor, cinematographer, and video installation artist. He has a masters degree in Film, Video, and New Media from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and has attended residencies and workshops as an IFP documentary fellow, as an artist in residence at the Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities at Northwestern University, Dok.Incubator, The Institute for Advanced Study at the Central European University, The Wexner Center for the Arts, Salzburg International Summer Academy of Fine Arts, Austria, and the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague.
Hadley Austin is a writer, educator, researcher, audio producer, and professionally trained trapeze artist. Hadley is an experienced outdoorswoman who has spent three months on horseback in Chinese and Mongolian backcountries collecting information on shamanic and Buddhist practices in these regions. She is also a novice dogsledder. Most recently she spent three weeks walking 250 miles from Southern Oregon into Northern California on the Pacific Crest Trail, a journey she documented in writing and photographs.