The Writer's Hotel Sara Patton Writing Stipends
Each year, The Writer's Hotel awards three stipends of $500 to writers in the genres of fiction, nonfiction and poetry. We celebrate each of our writers and are pleased to be able to support three writers with this extra distinction. Faculty familiar with manuscripts vote, and final votes are cast in a closed committee process. Teaching Assistants and writers working with us in Private Study are not eligible, and recipients cannot win more than once. All other writers in attendance are automatically entered in the running. There is no application process and we only award these stipends on site, to TWH attending writers. The stipends' namesake, the late great Sara Patton was a TWH attendee and a wonderful writer. We offer these stipends in her name to honor her own brave work as a writer, and to honor her love of writers and writing. We were also inspired by the Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) Scholarships, which are given in the same amount and to writers in the same genres via AWP''s Writers Conferences & Centers (WC&C) group. Because we maintain this membership with WC&C, any writer attending TWH is eligible to enter the WC&C Scholarship Competition as well. We are proud to give these stipends to writers each year via our own sponsorship, in conjunction with donor dollars, where available. Please consider donating below.
Congratulations to The Writer's Hotel 2018 Sara Patton Stipend recipients!
lUCAS HANFT, 2018 SARA PATTON FICTION STIPEND RECIPIENT
The rare upper-middle class Jew from Long Island who aspires to be a writer, LUCAS HANFT attended Yale University before becoming a journalist, working at an early incarnation of Radar Magazine (back when it aspired to be a contemporary version of Spy). He’s also been published in the Boston Globe, New York Observer, Salon, Inc., and the Barnes and Noble Review, among others. Currently he works in marketing and branding, consulting for a wide range of clients, both big and small. His mother would never forgive him if he failed to mention he was an Intel Science Talent Search Top-40 finalist.
SARAH T. JEWELL, 2018 SARA PATTON poetry STIPEND RECIPIENT
SARAH T. JEWELL is a Jersey poet who runs a weekly writing workshop as a part of Jersey City Writers. Her poetry chapbook How to Break Your Own Heart was published by dancing girl press in April 2017. She was also instrumental in launching the first Jersey City Poetry Festival in April 2018, a nine day celebration in honor of National Poetry Month. Her poems have appeared in Bird’s Thumb, Halfway Down the Stairs, Barking Sycamores and other journals. The audio of one of her poems has been incorporated into a dance work, choreographed by Hana Kozuka and performed at Dixon Place in New York, NY. Links to her work can be found at www.stjewell.com
DEBRA l. WINEGARTEN, 2018 SARA PATTON NONFICTION STIPEND RECIPIENT
DEBRA L. WINEGARTEN is a third-generation Texas Jew. Originally from Dallas, she now makes her home in Austin, Texas with her wife, Cindy Huyser, an incredible poet. Debra is both an award-winning author and publisher, specializing in Texas women’s biographies and Jewish-themed poetry. Her company, Sociosights Press, just published its first Jewish-themed illustrated children’s book, “Almost a Minyan,” which has garnered two awards as well as a Seal of Approval from the Literary Classics society. No matter how many wonderful books she writes going forward, she will always be known by her first poetry chapbook, “There’s Jews in Texas?” winner of the 2011 Poetica Publishing national contest. By day, she works for the American Astronomical Society at the University of Texas at Austin. By night, she writes.
2017 Sara Patton Stipend recipients: Lyndsie Manusos (Fiction), Claudia M. Wilson (Poetry) and Christine Kalafus (Nonfiction). 2016 Sara Patton Stipend recipients: Jillian Brenner (Fiction), Deborah Mouton (Poetry) and Mai Lauren Hoang (Nonfiction). 2015 Sara Patton Stipend recipients: Lisa Shatto Glasgow (Fiction), Erin Adair Hodges (Poetry) and Melissa Wiley (Nonfiction).