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Meet a Resident: Beth Pielert

Beth Pielert is a writer, director, and producer working across mediums that include gaming, television and documentary film. Pielert formed Good Film Works in 2001 while writing & directing Out of the Poison Tree for PBS, a documentary that explores truth and reconciliation for survivors of the Cambodian Genocide. Some of her credits include award-winning…

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Meet a Resident: Catherine Alice Michaelis

Catherine Alice Michaelis of Shelton, Washington joined Mineral School for our 2019 residency as the Mona Lisa Roberts fellow in visual art. Catherine is a book and paper artist whose work has been collected by 85 public institutions. She is also a curator and collaborative printmaker. Read more about her work at her website. Kait Heacock asked…

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Meet a Resident: Grace Campbell

Olympia fiction writer Grace Campbell was born and raised in New York state. She recently published the chapbook of flash nonfiction Girlie Shorts, and she is the co-founder of Black River Press as well as a nonfiction reader for the journals 5×5 and Spry Literary Journal. Her work has appeared in Gravel, New Flash Fiction Review,…

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Meet a Resident: Maxim Loskutoff

Maxim Loskutoff (2015), of western Montana, was among Mineral School’s first June Dodge fellows in 2015, joining us for the residency where local forest fires meant a mix of firefighters (including inmates) tent-camped behind the school.  A graduate of New York University‚Äôs MFA program, Max has received the Nelson Algren Literary Award, a Global Writing Fellowship…

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2018 Residents Announced!

We made it to year four! In a competitive process that drew 246 applicants from throughout the United States and Canada, a panel of five Northwest writers and four artists have blindly selected 12 talented literary writers and four visual artists who will live and work in Mineral this summer, advancing their work in poetry, memoir,…

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Meet a Resident: Jennifer Haupt

Jennifer Haupt (2016), a journalist and fiction writer from Bellevue, Washington, was the inaugural Erin Donovan fellowship recipient at Mineral School. Her essays and articles have been published in O, The Oprah Magazine, The Rumpus, Spirituality & Health, Psychology Today, Travel & Leisure, The Sun and many other publications. She is also the curator of a blog for readers and writers on…

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Meet a Resident: Brittney Corrigan

Brittney Corrigan (2017) a poet from Portland, Oregon, has published the collection Navigation (Rainy Nights Press, 2012) and the chapbook 40 Weeks (Finishing Line Press, 2012). At Mineral School, she worked on a series of poems about daughters of famous and imagined historical and pop cultural figures–including Kenneth Arnold, who spotted a UFO over Mineral in the 1940s!–and many of those pieces are…

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Meet an Adventuress: Tessa Hulls

Tessa Hulls is a multi-talented writer, illustrator and artist, chef, and all-around adventuress. During 2017, she was a volunteer chef for Mineral School during our October parent artists’ residency. A nomadic artist who spends her time in The Arctic and Alaska not to mention Washington state, we were grateful to her for sharing her cooking skills…

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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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