Associates of the Boston Public Library Writer-in-Residence Program
The Associates of the Boston Public Library Writer-in-Residence program is intended to:
- Provide an emerging children’s writer with the financial support and office space needed to complete one literary work for children or young adults.
- Encourage the imagination of young readers, and in so doing draw attention to the importance of authors and the essential role they perform in nurturing developing minds and furthering our culture.
- Promote the awareness of the Boston Public Library and its resources, by establishing a living link between Library and the community.
To apply for the 2017-18 Associates of the Boston Public Library Writer-in-Residence program, please submitted a completed application form, proposal and writing sample by April 14, 2017.
The selected writer will receive a $20,000 stipend and office space at the BPL's Central Library in Copley Square. He or she must work a minimum of 19 hours per week at the BPL during the nine-month residency (September through May). Projects eligible for this program are fiction, non-fiction, a script, graphic novels, or poetry, intended for children or young adults. To be eligible, the applicant must be a US citizen and cannot have published more than three books to date.
2016–2017 Associates of the Boston Public Library Writer-in-Residence
We are pleased to announce that Lisa Rosinsky, of Boston, Massachusetts, will be the thirteenth Associates of the Boston Public Library Writer-in-Residence. She was selected as the 2016–17 winner by a panel of judges—including authors, young-adult editors, and librarians—in a blind judging process, based on the strength of her submission Robin & Mariana.
Rosinsky will spend the fellowship writing Robin & Mariana. Her proposed novel tells the story of Robin Chen, a butch poet from Baltimore, and Mariana Gomes, a high-school dropout from Berkeley. They meet online, fall in love, and run away from home to meet exactly halfway across the country—in rural Nebraska. Rosinsky describes the novel as a “queer, modern-day Robin Hood retelling about privilege, social justice and survival.”
Upon learning that she had won the residency, Rosinsky remarked, “I am deeply honored that the Associates of the Boston Public Library have given me not only their vote of confidence but these incredibly valuable resources—time, space, and funding—to research and write my next novel. To write for children is to help shape the minds of the next generation: to encourage kids to learn, ask questions, and change the world. I can't imagine a more exciting calling in life. And I can't thank the Associates of the BPL enough for this amazing opportunity to make a difference. The Boston Public Library is my favorite place in the entire city and I am thrilled to be able to call the BPL my home-away-from-home for the next year.” The residency term runs from September 2016 through May 2017.
Rosinsky earned a B.A. in creative writing at Johns Hopkins University and is completing her M.F.A. in creative writing from Boston University. Her debut YA novel, Inevitable & Only, is due out from Boyds Mills Press in spring 2018. Rosinsky’s stories have been published in Highlights and Cricket, and her poetry appears in Prairie Schooner, Measure, Hunger Mountain, 32 Poems, and other journals. She has worked as a freelance writer and editor, a yoga teacher, and as one half of a traveling two-person production of The Lion, the Witch, and The Wardrobe.
A welcome reception and reading took place on September 14, 2016.
Learn more about the program's prior residents.
The residency has enabled several talented children’s authors to launch their literary careers. Program alumni have published (or are in the process of publishing) twenty-eight titles! In 2012, the Associates’ very first Writer-in-Residence, Hannah Barnaby, published the book that she wrote during her 2004–2005 residency, Wonder Show. Elaine Dimopoulos also published the book she wrote during her 2010–2011 residency, Material Girls, in May 2015. Anna Staniszewski has published multiple books, including most recently, Match Me if You Can in January 2017. Plus, two debut novels written at the BPL were recently published: Annie Hartnett’s Rabbit Cake (March 2017), and Natalie Anderson's City of Saints and Thieves (January 2017). This last title has also been optioned for a movie.
For further information about the Associates of the Boston Public Library Writer-in-Residence program or this year's recipient, please contact the Associates' office at 617-536-3886 or AssociatesWIR@bpl.org.
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