R185. Writing in the National Parks’ Artist-in-Residence Program

Room 102A, Washington Convention Center, Level One
Thursday, February 9, 2017
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm


Broad vistas, calm woods, reedy rivers, unsettling isolation—the National Park Service offers a range of experiences for writers in its Artist-in-Residence program. Unlike some writers’ residencies that are more communal, the NPS A-I-R program offers writers total solitude and a deep connection with place. This panel of five writers—representing Denali, Shenandoah, the Everglades, Catoctin Mountain Park, and Carl Sandburg Historic Site—will share how a park residency can inform one’s writing.


Kim O’Connell’s articles, essays, and short fiction have appeared in The Washington Post, The New York Times, Ladies Home Journal, National Geographic News, National Parks, Little Patuxent Review, and more. She teaches in the Johns Hopkins University MA in Science Writing Program.

Marybeth Holleman is author of The Heart of the Sound, coauthor of Among Wolves, and coeditor of Crosscurrents North. A Pushcart Prize nominee, her essays, poems, and articles have appeared in such venues as OrionChristian Science MonitorThe Future of Nature, and on National Public Radio.

Bill Maxwell is a longtime journalist and columnist whose work has appeared in several national and regional newspapers and magazines. He taught college-level writing for twenty years and is now a volunteer writer for the National Park Service, focusing on South Florida’s four national parks.

Diana Friedman's work has appeared in New Letters, Flyway, Newsweek, The Baltimore Sun, Bethesda Magazine, and more. She is the recipient of the Alexander Cappon Fiction Prize, a Pushcart Prize nominee, and was the Catoctin Mountain Park writer in residence in 2013.

Alice B. Fogel is poet laureate of New Hampshire. Her collections include Interval: Poems Based on Bach's Goldberg Variations and A Doubtful House, forthcoming. Recipient of an NEA Fellowship and other awards, she is also author of Strange Terrain, a guide to appreciating poetry without necessarily "getting" it.


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