The Writer's Hotel 2019 Sara Patton Writing Stipends
The Writer's Hotel awarded three stipends of $500 to writers attending our NYC conference in an on-site ceremony on June 10, 2019. Three writers in the genres of fiction, nonfiction and poetry were selected. We celebrate each of our writers and are pleased to be able to support writers with this extra distinction. Faculty familiar with manuscripts nominate writers, and final choices are made 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 in our first year 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 2019 Sara Patton Stipend recipients!
CHristopher santiago, 2019 SARA PATTON FICTION STIPEND RECIPIENT
Chris Santiago is a fiction writer, poet, and professor, and the author of Tula, selected by A. Van Jordan as the winner of the 2016 Lindquist & Vennum Prize, published by Milkweed Editions. A 2018 McKnight Writing Fellow, his writing has appeared in FIELD, Copper Nickel, Pleiades, the Asian American Literary Review, and received a 2014 Glimmer Train Very Short Fiction Award. He has also received fellowships from Kundiman and the Mellon Foundation/American Council of Learned Societies, and was a finalist for the 2017 Minnesota Book Award. He received his PhD in Creative Writing & Literature from the University of Southern California, and teaches creative writing and Asian American literature at the University of St. Thomas in Saint Paul, Minnesota.
Jody K. Ulate, 2019 SARA PATTON NONFICTION STIPEND RECIPIENT
Originally from Upstate New York, Jody K. Ulate now lives in California. She writes and edits essays, profiles and feature articles as San Jose State University’s chief storyteller and editor of the award-winning alumni magazine, Washington Square (blogs.sjsu.edu/wsq). For more than 13 years, she has found inspiration in uncovering student, alumni and faculty stories of resilience at San Jose State, where she has also given lectures on profile writing and storytelling that drives philanthropy. A U.S. Army veteran, Jody has written a memoir about survival and reinvention—and how becoming a soldier helped reshape the narrative of her life. She is also working to establish a creative writing workshop for woman veterans.
Photo credit: David Schmitz.
JOanie hf zosike, 2019 SARA PATTON poetry STIPEND RECIPIENT
Joanie HF Zosike contributed to Between Ourselves: Letters Between Mothers and Daughters (Houghton-Mifflin), Women In American Theatre (TCG), and Have a NYC Vol. 3 (Three Rooms Press). Her chapbook, The Character Poems, was published in 2002 by Chez Chez. Her poetry appears in Bastille, Dissident Voice, Heresies, Home Planet News, Jewish Forward, Levure Literraire, Maintenant, PIM and Syndic Online Literary Journal; and in the Silver Birch Press anthologies (Ides, The Great Gatsby and Alice in Wonderland). Joanie has written six full-length plays and four solo theatre works. She received a fellowship from Edward Albee’s The Barn for her play Inside, and a grant from The Foundation of Jewish Culture for And Then the Heavens Closed, presented at The Jewish Museum in NY. A graduate of New York University, she worked with The Living Theatre for 28 years, directs and acts with the dada/surrealist company, DADAnewyork, and is Co-founder/Co-director of Action Racket Theatre. She received a full scholarship this July (2019) to attend Chris Wells’s Storytelling Your Life workshop being given at Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY. She is currently working on Matryoshka, a short play in 10 Nesting Dolls, to be presented as part of Dixon Place’s The HOT Festival on July 20, and on her chapbook, An Alphabet of Love.
2018 Sara Patton Stipend recipients: Lucas Hanft (Fiction), Sarah T. Jewell (Poetry) and Debra L. Winegarten (Nonfiction). 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).