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Expert artists, writers arrive for residencies

By Ruth Nerhaugen

A photographer from China is among residents during September at the Anderson Center.

"September is a most remarkable month, filled with highly expert writers and artists," Director Robert Hedin said.

The visit from Huang Zuxiang is part of an ongoing artist exchange with Red Wing's Sister City Quzhou, Hedin noted. While Huang is here, Art Kenyon will be in residence in Quzhou.

Huang is the chief librarian of the Quzhou Municipal Library, director of Quzhou Intangible Cultural Heritage Protection Center, executive director of Zhejiang Province Photographers' Association, and also chairman of the Quzhou Photographer's Association.

His photographs have won numerous awards in China. While in Red Wing, he will do community service presentations at Red Wing High School and the Red Wing Photography Club.

Kenyon is a year-round studio artist at Tower View. He studied studio art and journalism at the University of Minnesota and retired from Red Wing Shoe Co., where he worked in advertising and marketing.

Today he creates oil, watercolor and acrylic paintings, graphite drawings and prints, including etchings, woodcut prints and lithographs.

Also in residence this month:

Jessica Mongeon


Artist Jessican Mongeon from Bozeman, Mont., anticipates that the Minnesota landscape will be her inspiration during a month at Tower View. She starts with small plein air sketches which become the basis for large-scale painting, plus there will be smaller works related to the 5-by-6-foot works.

Mongeon received a master of fine arts degree in May from the University of North Dakota, where she has been a teaching assistant and summer instructor, plus she has worked in gallery management. Her work has been exhibited on the East Coast as well as in the Midwest.

Community service: Lake City High School

Jim Heynen

Fiction writer

St. Paul resident Jim Heynen made substantial progress on his first novel, "The Fall of Alice K.," during a 2005 residency in Red Wing; it was published in 2012. This month he hopes to complete a first draft of a new novel.

Heynen earned degrees at schools in Michigan, Iowa and Oregon, and has been a visiting professor and faculty member for writing programs at Hamline University and several other schools. He has published numerous short stories and young adult novels, along with poems and nonfiction works.

Community service: Twin Bluff Middle School

John Coy

Children's writer

Award-winning children's book writer John Coy from Minneapolis returns to Red Wing to work on his new young adult novel, tentatively titled "Independent Living." He has appeared locally several times over the years, doing presentations on books including "Strong to the Hoop" and "Night Driving" at the Sheldon Theatre.

Coy was educated in Minnesota at St. John's University and St. Mary's College Graduate Center, and has conducted hundreds of weeks of writing residencies in schools, including Red Wing. A multiple award winner, he also teaches writing classes for adults, does presentations on reading for educators, and conducts a "Basketball and Poetry" workshop, in addition to writing articles, short stories, essays, librettos and books.

Community service: Zumbrota Elementary School

Aliki Barnstone


A professor of English and creative writing at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Aliki Barnstone will be at the Anderson Center Sept. 1-15 working on a book of poems titled "Hummingbird Home." Many of the poems use visual art as a springboard.

Barnstone, who holds several degrees, also is affiliated with the college's Women's and Gender Studies Department and is a series editor for the Cliff Becker Book Prize in Translation. She speaks four languages and has a broad range of teaching interests, including literature of the Holocaust.

Many of her poems have been published as books and in journals.

Community service: Red Wing Women's Network

Miles Waggener


Poet Miles Waggener from Omaha, Neb., will be at Tower View Sept. 16-30 working on his third full-length collection of poems, "Superstition Freeway." He has won numerous awards for his writing, including scholarships and travel grants.

Educated in Arizona and Montana, with additional studies in Spain, he is an associate professor at the University of Nebraska Writer's Workshop and a creative writing instructor in the master's program, coordinator of the Missouri Valley Reading Series, and board member for Backwaters Press. His poems and literary translations have been widely published.

Community service: Seminary Plaza