Residency Fellowships

During 2020, we are able to offer 10 fellowships so writers and artists may attend residency at no cost. Otherwise, two-week residency costs $425 (mixed-genre residencies).


Mona Lisa Roberts Visual Arts Fellowship (1)

Mona LisaMona mossy picShe was born Mona Lisa — not after the da Vinci painting, but the Nat King Cole song. Even so, her name might be what destined her for painting. Mona created art inspired by her mossy, forested stomping grounds. Mineral Lake was one of her favorite places — to fish, to camp, and to enjoy nature with those she loved — both her dogs and her people. Growing up rural and lesbian wasn’t the easiest coming-of-age combo in the 60’s and 70’s. Mona struggled to feel at home in her own skin. But painting gave her the self-expression she craved, and we know she’d be over the Mineral Lake moon to support an artist’s time there. To honor her spirit, Mona’s family has created a two-week visual arts fellowship open to an artist who self-identifies as LGBTQ and lives in the Pacific Northwest (Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington) or the provinces of western Canada (British Columbia, Alberta, Yukon). This fellowship funds a two-week residency any month and transit from Seattle, Portland, or points between. Depending on the medium and artist preference, they can work in the studio room where they sleep, spread out in the gym, or improvise outdoors.


Erin Donovan Writing Fellowship (1)

A friend of this project and advocate for arts and literacy, Oregon writer Erin Donovan died suddenly in 2015, leaving in her wake many saddened loved ones and an unpublished collection of moving short stories. A fan of small town culture, travel, dive 12631310_1090360747682593_7263221479546406693_nbars, nature, wordplay, and late-night talks about the meaning of life, Erin lived with abandon. To honor her spirit, Erin’s friends and family co-created a fellowship in her memory for the August residency–the month in which Erin passed–open to applicants from the states where Erin lived. The fellowship is for a woman at mid-life: If Erin’s death at 50 taught us anything, it is that life is sometimes shorter than we expect and the time to create is always right now. This residency is open to an emerging woman writer of poetry or prose living in Massachusetts, New York, Washington, or Oregon, who is at least 40 years old, and whose writing expresses wit and compassion. This fellowship funds the residency fee for August and offers travel reimbursement upon proof of travel purchase or mileage, up to $175 (OR/WA) or $400 (NY/MA).


June Dodge Writing Fellowships (4)

June Dodge is not a real person — but she’s got a real heart and many strong cocktails have been made in her name. June Dodge13043295_1148363651882302_4803776143665579287_n emerged from a typo in the local newspaper, but what a great typo, what a great muse. We picture June Dodge as a wild west character, tough but gracious, with a little dirt on her brow from a hard day’s work, an Aries spitfire, probably ready to spend the evening talking quatrains or Coltrane over a tin cup of moonshine before kicking her chair over and going back to the typewriter to make the words fly like bullets. It takes grit to write and June Dodge has it. If you’ve got character and determination, she’d like to support that. June Dodge Fellowships are open to poets or writers from the Northwest (Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington) or the provinces of western Canada (British Columbia, Alberta, Yukon) and whose work is inspired by adventure, travel, or the outdoors. Though named for a woman, men are welcome to apply! Three fellowships fund two-week residency any month. These fellowships include transit to Mineral from Portland, Seattle, or points between on I-5.


Sustainable Arts Foundation Parent Artist Fellowships (4) 

The SAF Fellowships support four parent artists from anywhere in North America so they may attend our one-week parent-specific residency during September 2020. Any writer or visual artist currently raising a child 18 or under may apply. (Visual artists may want to check in before applying to discuss artistic medium and whether they can work effectively in our space.) Accepted artists attend for free and receive travel assistance from any point in or between Portland, OR, and Seattle, WA (including from those cities’ airports, and Amtrak or Bolt bus stops in or between those cities), in addition to room and board, a visit by an artist presenter who has made it through the child-rearing years, and opportunities to share work with one another and the local community. Note: Parents do not bring children to this residency;  this residency is shorter in length to make the logistics of leaving home easier for parents.