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Meet a Spirit: Mona Lisa Roberts

Painter Mona Lisa Roberts spent summers with her family at and around Mineral Lake and the Mt. Rainier area. Her sister, Star Roberts, channeled her for us this month. The Roberts family is helping Mineral School offer a new visual artist fellowship for an LGBTQ-identifying artist debuting this summer, in memory of Mona Lisa. Mona Lisa’s paintings…

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Meet a Resident: Rena Priest

Rena Priest of Bellingham, Washington, writes poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction. She holds an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College, and has taught various topics in writing and the humanities at Western Washington University, Northwest Indian College, and Fairhaven College. Her poetry chapbook, Patriarchy Blues, was recently published by Moonpath Press. She was a resident at Mineral School…

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Meet a Visiting Author: Neal Thompson

Neal Thompson is a journalist, man of letters, and the nonfiction author of several lauded biographies tracing the lives  of adventurous men–including A Curious Man (about Robert “Believe it Or Not” Ripley), Driving With The Devil (about the bootleggers that got NASCAR started), and Light This Candle (about astronaut Alan Shepard).  More recently, he turned his…

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Meet a Power Volunteer: Kait Heacock

Kait Heacock, a Seattle-based fiction writer, has published stories in Esquire, Joyland, KGB Bar Lit Mag, Portland Review, Tin House, tNY.Press, and Vol. 1 Brooklyn. Her nonfiction has appeared in Bustle, Crab Creek Review, DAME, Largehearted Boy, Literary Hub, The Millions, and The Washington Post. An editor for Joyland and board member at Lit Crawl Seattle, she’s volunteered for Mineral School for…

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Meet a Resident: Laura Lampton Scott

 Laura Lampton Scott, a Portland, Oregon-based fiction writer, has published stories and essays in journals including  Notre Dame Review, Okey-Panky, Michigan Quarterly Review, Electric Literature, Monkeybicycle and elsewhere. She has received fellowships from MacDowell Colony and Mineral School, where she will return this summer as a volunteer. She recently co-edited a nonfiction oral history book about residents of Haiti. (Read an…

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Meet a Resident: Kirsten Sundberg Lunstrum

Kirsten Sundberg Lunstrum is the author of two collections of short fiction–This Life She’s Chosen and Swimming With Strangers, both published by Chronicle Books. Her fiction has appeared widely in journals, including One Story, The American Scholar, and Willow Springs, and she has work out this summer from Ploughshares Solos and this new piece in Joyland. She is the recipient of a PEN/O. Henry…

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Meet a Resident: Gretchen Schrafft

Seattle fiction writer (by way of Massachusetts and Oregon) Gretchen Schrafft was in the first residency group at Mineral School in July 2015. She returned to Mineral with friend and fellow fiction author Josha Nathan this summer to present a reading and volunteer as a “dorm mother” (thank you, Gretchen!). Her work has appeared in Carve,…

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Meet a Resident: Jane Wong

Seattle poet (by way of New Jersey and Iowa) and Ph.D Jane Wong is the author of Overpour (Action Books, 2016) and was in the first residency group at Mineral School in June 2015. She returned to Mineral with friend and fellow poet Michelle Penaloza in summer 2016 to present a reading. A past professor…

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2017 Residents Announced!

We made it to year three! In a competitive process that drew 238 applicants from throughout the United States as well as Canada, our jury made up of Northwest writers blindly read submissions. They selected 18 literary writers who will come live and work for two-week stints in Mineral this summer, advancing their work in…

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Meet a Resident: Leanne Dunic

Vancouver writer, musician and visual artist Leanne Dunic is the author of To Love the Coming End, published this spring by Chin Music Press. In it, the 2016 Mineral School alumna explores both natural and personal catastrophe across Singapore, Vancouver, and Fukushima. You can hear Leanne read and discuss her new book at two upcoming Seattle…

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