Artists, writers close out residency season
An illustrator, a sculptor and three writers who work in different formats will close out the 2017 residency season at the Anderson Center.
Georgia Greeley of St. Paul, a self-employed artist and writer, will pursue a longtime dream during her month at the Anderson Center: To write and illustrate children's picture books. Ultimately, she would like to address the content and vibrancy of American Sign Language picture books for children in the Deaf community.
Greeley was educated in Minnesota, including an Advanced Book Arts Certificate from the Minnesota Center for Book Arts, and has worked as a designer, printer, binder and writer who also teaches. She has published many works including poems, memoirs and short fiction, and has won numerous awards and fellowships.
Community service: School visit
A visiting professor at Kentucky State University in Frankfort, Ky., Kelsie Ward lives in Edwardsville, Ill., where she earned her master's degree in fine art. Her current work, which involves creating large-scale works resembling rock and glacier formations, was shaped by trips to Iceland, where she was an artist in residence in 2016.
"Nature has been my most significant inspiration," Ward said. "Nature is a spectacle and is more complex and unpredictable than anything manmade." While in Red Wing she will create human-sized sculptures and experiment with a resin material as a covering.
Community service: Tower View Alternative High School
Currently an attorney in Minneapolis, Tim Nolan originally studied writing and has been creating poems for almost 40 years. He also teaches poetry and has received awards for his writing. His poems were read regularly by Garrison Keillor and were chosen by former U.S. Poet Laureate Ted Kooser for his column "American Life in Poetry."
Nolan spent a month at the Anderson Center in 2013. His newest book, "The Field," includes many poems he wrote while in Red Wing. His poem "Red Wing Correctional Facility" was a finalist in The Forward Poetry Prize in London. He will use this residency to work on another book of poems.
Community service: Minnesota Correctional Facility-Red Wing
An essayist, fiction writer, poet and teacher of writing, Sejal Shah currently lives in Rochester, N.Y., and teaches creative writing there. A graduate of East Coast colleges, Shah has been nominated for major awards and been awarded several prestigious residencies and other honors.
While at Tower View she hopes to complete a first draft of "Things People Say," a collection of personal essays that reflect on her ongoing interest in identity, gender and place, and in the geographic and cultural distances between people.
Community service: Red Wing Women's Network
A writer from Woodland, Calif., Elisa Winn Pollard (pen name Elise Winn) is an instructor at Davis Arts Center, responsible for writing classes for teens and adults. She also does volunteer work with arts organizations. Her fiction has received numerous awards and nominations since she began publishing in 2010.
Winn is in the final stages of writing a novel, "The World Without Nan," which is set in a rural Midwestern town and is structured around the seasons. The narration has fantastical elements, she said, but is rooted in the everyday.
Community service: Tower View School