2018 Summer Residency Participants Whitney Withington, Stephanie Cobb, Pamala Wiley, Isabelle Ballard, Grace Ann Rogers



The Summer Residency Program (SRP) offers 4 participants a week-long immersion in art-making and community building. Feminist social change artists will deepened their artistic practice and considered strategies to expand the social change impact of their work.

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  • Cara Coppola (Lexington) hopes the residency will help her write a memoir about her and her daughter. Her daughter has two rare genetic disorders which threaten the longevity of her life. Coppola wants to share their story, particularly to connect with other mothers who have children with disabilities. She wants the world to learn the value of inclusion, of the inter-sectional nature of society and the value of each member, even when, or especially when, those values may be difficult to see.
  • Melissa Helton (Asher) hopes the residency will help her with two main projects. One project an international study of women as product (postcards) and how people view women in their own countries and communities. This will be explored in essay/book form. The other project is a full-length collection of poetry, exploring theme of sexuality, sexuality politics (polyamory), and the intersection of identity and place. She believes that learning from Savannah, a queer feminist writer, will be different than learning from other teachers and feels she will benefit tremendously benefit from her guidance.
  • Zoey Morris (Louisville) hopes the residency will help provide her with the opportunity to be surrounded by feminist artists in the hopes to expand her approach in the creation of feminist art, develop her abilities to re-embody the female being through writing, and better her ability to empower women. She wants to carry new concepts and practices to local writing communities. She also wants to advance her career goal of a young women’s expressive writing therapist, where she plans to encourage others to recreate both themselves and womanhood.
  • Amerisa Waters (Louisville) hopes the residency will offer a safe and supportive space to nurture her creative voice. The story she is seeking to share is one of shame and trauma caused by thoughtless and cruel healthcare. She believes that sharing this story in a community of feminists is necessary to grow and is the space required to open to these wounds. She feels the residency will afford an opportunity to strengthen her voice and ultimately help others find their voice inside their own vulnerability.

Meet 2019 Writer-In-Residence Savannah Sipple! 

Savannah Sipple is the author of WWJD & Other Poems (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2019). A writer from east Kentucky, her poems have recently been published in Waxwing, Appalachian HeritageTalking RiverThe Offing, and The Louisville Review. She is also the recipient of grants from the Money for Women/Barbara Deming Memorial Fund and the Kentucky Foundation for Women. A writer, editor, and teacher, Savannah resides in Lexington, Kentucky with her partner, Ashley.

Watch an interview with Savannah about SRP here!

Book review excerpts about Savannah from her book WWJD:

“Savannah Sipple is on fire. Unapologetically queer and Appalachian, Sipple will take you to church in these poems, busting open every stereotype along the way. She writes fearlessly about desire, bodies, shame, violence, forgiveness, and self-love, and the poems are fierce, sassy, and aching. Savannah Sipple is a talented, fresh new voice.”

—Carter Sickels, author of The Evening Hour

“Savannah Sipple is the poet we need right now. WWJD is the book we need, in this moment when it feels like the heart and conscience of our nation is being ripped out by the roots. This collection is full of truth and light and so much fierceness it threatens to take flight from our hands while we’re reading it, buoyed by the very power of language. This is powerful, important, and brave writing of the highest order.”

—Silas House, author of Southernmost and Clay’s Quilt

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    • Applications for the 2019 Summer Residency Program are now open! Click here for the application guidelines. When you are ready to apply, click here to start your application. The deadline is Friday, March 1 at 5:00 pm!
    • The 2019 Summer Residency Program will immerse four writers in a week-long workshop experience working with Kentucky writer Savannah Sipple. We invite applicants from feminist writers who need time, space, and funds to create and work on their writing.
    • Four women will be awarded a week-long stay at Hopscotch House. Participants will experience community-building and idea sharing, while advancing individual projects that reflect the power of art to shape conversations and action around feminist, social change art. Housing and food stipend will be provided.

Click here to apply for the 2019 Summer Residency Program!

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  • The Summer Residency Program encourages women to advance their artistic development, participate in building community within a feminist setting and deepen their understanding of art and social change.
  • Founded in 2006, KFW’s Summer Residency Program at Hopscotch House has fostered many of Kentucky’s most diverse feminist social change artists and art activists. By supporting individual and collective artistic development with a focus on social impact, the Summer Residency Program is an important component of the growing and inclusive feminist social change movement in Kentucky.
  • Artists with varied backgrounds, worldviews, cultural heritages, and sexual orientations are encouraged to apply. The communal environment created by the residents offers fresh thinking and cross-fertilization of ideas. Summer Residents regularly report that these kinds of exchanges inspire new insights, which strengthen their individual work.


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Summer Residency Program Review

KFW 2018 Summer Residency Program took place from June 10 to June 16, 2018. The program was held at Hopscotch House, KFW’s retreat center, and was free of charge for participants.

The Summer Residency Program (SRP) offered five participants a week-long immersion in art-making and community building. Feminist social change artists will deepened their artistic practice and considered strategies to expand the social change impact of their work.

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    • Isabelle Ballard (Bardstown): Ballard will develop self-portraits that explore what it means to identify as a Latinx in Kentucky. She looks forward to engaging with other feminist artists this summer as she creates art to inspire other girls and women who do not always feel represented in art.
    • Stephanie Cobb (Louisville): Cobb will cultivate herself as an artist, using traditional and non-traditional media to explore home, identity, and their relationship to nature. Using glass as a substrate for paint, Cobb creates manipulated images that represent neither male nor female. She hopes to advance her studio practice, refine her skills, and build community through art.
    • Grace Ann Rogers (Owingsville): Rogers will create a multimedia presentation that combines her commitment to art and social justice with learning and performing the songs of female Kentucky singers and creating dancing puppets modeled after those women. Rogers welcomes the time to work in an all-female space and hopes to give names and voices to female ballad singers and union activists from Appalachia.
    • Pamala Wiley (Louisville): Wiley will continue working on her e-book series to further her digital media skills as a means to create and share a new language about her experiences as a woman. She looks forward to the opportunity for collaboration and networking with other feminist artists.
    • Whitney Withington (Big Hill): Withington will create video slideshows that feature vintage photographs of African American women and their families in Appalachia. The slideshows will form the foundation of a future documentary that will increase the visibility of African American women and families. She looks forward to the opportunity to receive both inspiration and feedback through close interaction with other feminist artists.


Summer Residency Program Review

KFW 2017 Summer Residency Program “Voice Lessons,” took place from June 11 to June 17, 2017. The program was held at Hopscotch House, KFW’s retreat center, and was free of charge for participants.

The Summer Residency Program (SRP) offered seven participants a week-long immersion in writing craft, voice development and community building. The program provided literary artists with a skilled and experienced writer/instructor, George Ella Lyon, who facilitated group workshops and provided individual mentoring. Residents worked closely with Lyon to strengthen their voice, deepen their writing practice and connect to the larger community.

The outgoing Poet Laureate of Kentucky, Lyon is the author of four books of poetry, a novel, a memoir, and a short story collection as well as picture books, novels, and poetry for young readers. Her books have won many awards including the Chafin Award, the Appalachian Book of the Year award, the Aesop Prize, ALA’s Schneider Family Book Award, the Jane Addams Honor Book, the Golden Kite Award, the New York Public Library’s Best Book for Teens, and the Parents’ Choice Silver Medal.

Women who are feminist social change artists with a literary arts focus who live and work in Kentucky were invited to apply.

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    • Amelia Berry (Frankfort): Berry seeks to continue to explore feminist and social justice themes in her creative non-fiction, with a specific focus on strengthening and clarifying her voice as a writer. She looks forward to pursuing these goals intensively under the guidance of such an accomplished writer and teacher. Doing so in the company of women on similar journeys to find and project their voices will invigorate both her activism and her writing.
    • Mackenzie Berry (Louisville): Berry hopes to develop her identity as a feminist writer by participating for the first time in a space dedicated to feminism and writing simultaneously. During the residency, she plans to write poems for a chapbook focused on a woman’s voice in its complexity.
    • Sarah Diamond Burroway (Flatwoods): Burroway seeks a positive environment for shared learning to strengthen her writing and personal development. Her poetry and essays center on Appalachian women with a focus on addiction. She wants her work to spark new ways of thinking, promote action, inspire people, create vision for change and empower communities to undertake change.
    • Elizabeth Burton (Lexington): Burton welcomes an opportunity to hear other women’s stories of courage and outreach, as she seeks to incorporate feminism into her writing.  Her current work focuses on the voices of Muslim women from the Uyghur region of northwest China. She hopes the work will lead to better understanding of an oppressed, minority group that is often labeled simplistically as terrorists.
    • Vickie Cimprich (Ft. Mitchell): The SRP will provide Cimprich with the criticism, encouragement and writing prompts that will help her re-establish her voice.  She seeks to renew her own commitment as an activist on behalf of human rights, the homeless, hungry and disabled. During the SRP, she plans to develop poems in her new collection “Contrary-wise,” which depict connections between strong women.
    • Hannah Drake (Louisville): Drake relishes the opportunity to pause, to absorb, to rejuvenate, to create, and to allow herself the time to be around other women who are fighting for justice.  Her poetry and nonfiction center on social justice with an intentional focus on the liberation of all women and a strong emphasis on Black women.  During the SRP, she plans to develop poetry that shows unlikely conversations between two people from differing backgrounds. She seeks to empower, encourage and enlighten.
    • Adrian Sanders (Bowling Green): Sanders expects the community of women will challenge her writing and world view, making her a stronger feminist and inspire her personal and professional sense of craft. During the residency, she plans to develop poems that share themes of oppression and finding voice through writing. She hopes her poetry will provide a different point of view and open people’s minds.


    Summer Residency Program Review

    Participants in the 2016 Summer Residency Program responded to the KFW call to create work that is radical, timely and urgent. During their week-long stay at Hopscotch House residents shared conversations of using art to find personal peace, address social/political discourse and to inspire healing. They made art. They became allies and friends.

    “The house was electrifying, and very encouraging for art making.” said Lindsey Windland, a resident whose fabric art focuses on exposing unsafe abortion practices. Alexis “STIX” Brown, used the week at Hopscotch House to advance illustrations for her book that depicts women as warriors and men as nurturers. “We talked about social issues, we shared ideas on ways to further our careers. This experience is more profound than I imagined it could be.” said “STIX” The work of these Residents, along with Sandra Charles, who began her series of dynamic paintings on African Warrior Queens, will be featured in an exhibit in 2017.

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    • Lindsey Windland created textile pieces that encourage dialogue around access to safe, medically-supervised abortions and highlight unsafe methods used in the past that have resulted in women dying.
    • Sandra Charles created a series of paintings that give testament to five accomplished African American Women who overcame tremendous struggle by portraying them as warrior queens from Africa.
    • Alexis Stix Brown created illustrations for her short story “The Purpose Tree,” which addresses gender stereotypes by depicting women as respected warriors and protectors of community and men as healers and nurturers.

  • 2015

    Summer Residency Program Review

    During the Summer Residency Program at Hopscotch House, a dynamic group of women increased their writing skills, shaped a nurturing communal experience and forged connections that have extended beyond the residency. The combination of diverse backgrounds and a willingness to grow personally and professionally created space for a life changing experience. “For some, there’s not another opportunity to have this cross-sectionality of life experience,” said Crystal Wilkinson, Writer – in – Residence. DaMaris Hill, one of six participants, added “All of us are different and define feminism in specific ways, but equally we were all committed to being a collective of women that supported one another.”

    In this video the residents, Elizabeth Angell, Monica Bowling, Bobbi Buchanan, Asha French, DaMaris Hill, Patrice Muhammad talk about the writing process and their personal transformation.

    On the final day of the residency fourteen writers participated in the Community Writing Workshop with Crystal. These women explored the power of writing about women-centered issues, memories and connecting to the spirit of the land.

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    Crystal Wilkinson and the six participants in the 2015 Summer Residency Program “Living the Ink”: AN IMMERSION INTO LITERARY CRAFT AND COMMUNITY BUILDING designed a dynamic experience of advancing skills and creating publishable work, while growing into a supportive community.

    • Elizabeth Angell completed a residency to focus on a writing project featuring characters who give voice to people who are non-white, LGBT+ orientations, disabled or mentally ill.
    • Monica Bowling completed a residency to complete her memoir about her experience of gender and expressions of power within her own family and the broader Latin culture.
    • Bobbi Buchanan completed a residency to have time to focus on her essay collection titled “Secret Life of Huskies” that explores the connections of family, land and dog-sledding.
    • Asha French completed a residency to work on a memoir First Year Queer that chronicles a year spent exploring her identity as a queer Black mother and community builder within marginalized populations.
    • DaMaris B. Hill completed a residency to workshop and revise her novel that explores the layered experiences of girls in a juvenile detention center in the 1930’s.
    • Patrice K Muhammad completed a residency to develop her skills as a fiction writer with a goal to publish a short story capturing the experience of Black Women in Islam.

    Summer Residency Program Review

    The five participants in the 2014 Residency Program – An opportunity to strengthen individual and collective creativity, brought extraordinary talent as artists, and built an inspiring and supportive community network that continued beyond the residency period.

    • Nora Burton (Lexington) completed a residency to begin re-writing her memoir, and to build community with women who were committed to feminism and social change.
    • Susie Fenwick (Water Valley) completed a residency to continue work on her memoir, gain perspectives from other residents to enhance her writing skills and cultivate beneficial relationships.
    • Joy Marie Priest (Louisville) completed a residency to finalize poems for a chapbook, develop writing prompts, explore ideas for a feminist art project and to participate in a symbiotic artistic experience.
    • Danielle Ryle (Somerset) completed a residency to work on an essay on how Shakespeare uses source material for Hamlet and how contemporary women poets use Hamlet as a source in their work and to participate in a communal experience.
    • Sara Louise Soltau (Louisville) completed a residency to learn a composition for violin by a female composer, study books about women and music, explore basic composition exercises, and begin development as a feminist and art activist.
  • 2013

    Summer Residency Program Review

    KFW congratulates the feminist social change artists who were selected to participate in the 2013 Hopscotch House Summer Residency Program.

    • Beth Dotson Brown (Lancaster) completed a one week residency to assess and rewrite the beginning of her novel manuscript In the Arms of the Ocean, exploring themes of mental illness, homelessness, friendship, ancestry, and survival. As a result of her residency, she will create opportunities to share this novel-in-progress in public.
    • Judith Faulkner (Berea) completed a two week residency to write a play based on memories of her life as a feminist, an African-American woman, and a lesbian. Judith undertook this work with the belief that writing and sharing her story can contribute to diversifying the movement for social change in Kentucky.
    • Marian Foster (Louisville) completed a two week residency to complete a rough draft of her fictional novel about a woman who is recovering from addiction and finding her voice through a blog. Marian hopes her personal act of sharing words and perspectives will continue to encourage women to share their own stories.
    • Karen L. George (Florence) completed a one week residency to complete a collection of poetry, which chronicles the grief and healing associated with her husband’s death from cancer. As a result of her residency, she hopes to facilitate writing workshops with at-risk populations of women.
    • Lisa Taylor (Lexington) completed a one week residency to develop two short stories, about freedom and body modification, as they pertain to feminism. When the work is complete, Lisa will submit the stories to a publisher so they can reach others.
    • Barbara Minton (Eminence) completed a one week residency to revise her fictional novel about a tribe in biblical times, which suffers by overlooking the gifts of its daughters. The residency helped her continue to develop as a woman with a responsibility to create change.