Noepe Center Awards 2015 Room 6 Scholarship and Carol Marie Smith Memorial Scholarship

Noepe Martha’s Vineyard Literary Arts Center is proud to announce the winners of two scholarships to attend Martha’s Vineyard Writers Residency at Noepe, during April-May residency period.  Both recipients will be given two-weeks to write at Noepe, accommodation and a living/writing stipend.

This year’s recipients are Joann DeAngelo of Chicago, Illinois and Pauline West of Charleston, South Carolina.

Ms DeAngelo graduated from The University of Pittsburgh with a degree in Fiction Writing.  Since then, she has acted, produced and directed theater for the lively Chicago storefront theater scene and also has earned an MFA in Filmmaking from Columbia College.

JoAnn DeAngeloJoann has attended writing workshops in and around Chicago for years.  She also has attended The Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont, and is a member of Yale’s Writers Conference.  JoAnn currently is working on her first novel.

The Carol Marie Smith Memorial Scholarship was created in 2015 by former Noepe residents Stephanie Smith and Anna Sequoia, in honor of Ms Smith’s mother Carol Marie (Wagner) Smith.

Carol Marie (Wagner) Smith was born on April 12, 1929 in Brooklyn, NY to Arthur and Muriel Wagner, and passed away after a long illness at the age of 85 Nov. 21, 2014 in Clarke, NJ.  During her lifetime, she worked for Condé Nast Publications in New York City, at Glamour Magazine; and for the Technical Services Department at the Westfield Memorial Library, as a long-time employee. An avid and voracious reader, she found her second home at the library, and reluctantly retired on April 30, 2005.  Mrs. Smith’s favorite author was F. Scott Fitzgerald, and she particularly enjoyed The Great Gatsby, the last line of which, “so we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past,” speaks volumes about the memories we shall share of her.

Our 2015 winner of the Carol Marie Smith Scholarship is Pauline West.

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Pauline West writes for the Redux Contemporary Art Center, and keeps a journal about the life of an artist in Charleston, South Carolina, excerpts of which can be read  Her recently completed novel, Evening’s Land, is winner of the 2015 Helene Wurlitzer Foundation Award.

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Noepe Center for Literary Arts

April 10, 2013

The Martha’s Vineyard Writer’s Residency is growing into the Noepe Center of Literary Arts. Beginning this year, 2013, we will offer craft workshops, readings and collaborative writing projects, in addition to our spring and fall residencies. Look for our week-long workshops in fiction, non-fiction, digital publishing, poetry, play and screenwriting and memoir lead by distinguished writers and teachers. Be part of the unique community of writers on the beautiful island of Martha’s Vineyard.

Fall 2011 Residents

September 2011

Casey Charles is the winner of the 2010 Washington Square Poetry Award. His chapbook Controlled Burn (Pudding House 2007) was named as one of the Missoula Independent’s books of the year in 2007. He teaches Shakespeare in Missoula, Montana.

Sweta Srivastava Vikram ( is a two times Pushcart Prize nominated-poet, novelist, author, essayist, columnist, blogger, and educator whose musings have translated into four chapbooks of poems, two collaborative collections of poetry, a fiction novel, and an upcoming nonfiction book of personal essays and poetry.

Erin Kelley’s short fiction has been published in literary journals worldwide, including Kyoto, the Philippines Free Press, Monkeybicycle and Keyhole. Erin was a finalist for the 2009 Philippines Free Press Literary Award, the country’s most prestigious award for short fiction. She currently works as assistant editor of Thrive Magazine.

Ellen Goldstein received my MFA from Emerson College in 2003. She has had poems published in “Mid-American Review,” “New Hampshire Review,” “Measure,” “Muddy River Review,” and “Subtropics,” among others. Her work also has appeared in two anthologies “Letters to the World,” and “Rough Places Plain: Poems of the Mountains.”

A.S Penne is author of two books and innumerable publications in international literary journals. She facilitates writing workshops for adults and young children. “Once A Soldier,” her most recent work, is a three-act stageplay that chronicles the long-term effects of war on successive generations of veterans’ families. The play is scheduled for production in Spring, 2012. She is a native of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

This is Georgia Clark’s second time at Martha’s Vineyard Writers Residency. Georgia is an award-winning and widely published Australian author, journalist and producer She writes for teen and women’s lifestyle magazines and various online beasts such as So You Think You Can Dance, Project Runway and Idol. In 2007 she won a national freelance film and TV pitching competition for an original vampire drama series, which bought her a ticket to New York. Her first novel, She’s With The Band, was published in Australia by Allen & Unwin in 2008. Hailing from Australia and currently based in Brooklyn, New York, she rarely uses the phrase ‘g’day’.

Cara Hoffman is the author of So Much Pretty (Simon and Schuster 2011). Hoffman grew up in an economically depressed town in upstate New York. She dropped out of high school, bought a one-way ticket to London with her savings, and spent the three years writing and working as an agricultural laborer and runner in Europe and the Middle East. Hoffman received her Masters of Fine Arts in Writing from Goddard College in 2009. She has been a guest lecturer at Cornell University, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, and taught English at Lehman Alternative Community School and Tompkins Cortland Community College. She lives in Manhattan with her son.

Elizabeth Besescu has a Bachelors in Philosophy and a Masters in Internet Strategy Management, but found life wasn’t complete without writing. For the past five years she’s taken classes with Mary Carroll Moore at the Hudson Valley Writers’ Center and has finished the first draft of her novel, Left of Center, a story of love, betrayal and loss and remaking one’s life set in East Texas between 1891 and 1953.

Sanderia Smith received an M.F.A. in Creative Writing/Fiction from Arizona State University. An excerpt from her upcoming novel “Mourning Bench” appeared in Mythium Literary Journal. Another will appear in Jennifer Wallach’s forthcoming book Arsnick: The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in Arkansas, 1962-1967, and in Sabal Literary Journal. Sanderia has received numerous grants and Scholarships including Writers’ Colony at Diary Hollow, Vermont Studio Center, and the 2011 Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop. She is currently a Ph.D candidate at the University of Texas Dallas.

October 2011 residents

Chloe Yelena Miller’s poetry has been published in literary journals such as Alimentum, The Cortland Review and Narrative. Her work was a finalist for the Philip Levine Prize in Poetry and a finalist for the Narrative Poetry Contest. Poems published in Narrative were chosen as ‘Poem of the Week’ and ’30 Poems to Inspire’. Chloe blogs regularly about writing from a teacher’s perspective (she teaches creative and composition writing at George Mason University and Fairleigh Dickinson University) and about Italian language and food at She has an MFA in from Sarah Lawrence College.

Roberta Bienvenu has published poems and essays in many journals, including Poetry, Ploughshares, Antioch Review, New England Review, and Crazyhorse. Retired from teaching Writing and Literature at Johnson State College in Johnson, VT, she currently is working on a memoir called It Must Give Pleasure, as well as on a book of poems, Karst Topography. She lives in Northern Vermont.

Susan Eisenberg is a poet, nonfiction author, and visual artist who works within and across forms. Her essay about her introduction to the craft of poetry will be included in Denise Levertov, In Company. She is author of We’ll Call You If We Need You: Experiences of Women Working Construction, a New York Times Notable Book that draws on memoir and oral history; and the poetry collections, Blind Spot and Pioneering. Among the first women in the country to achieve journey level status as a union electrician, she has been framing and re-framing the issues and experiences of tradeswomen for more than three decades. She holds a BA in Women’s Studies from the University of Michigan, an MFA in Poetry from Warren Wilson College, and a master electrician’s license. She is currently a Resident Artist/Scholar at the Women’s Studies Research Center at Brandeis University.

Kathy Peterson is a poet working on an pen and ink illustrated poetry manuscript. She holds a BS from Univ. of MN in secondary math education and studio arts minor and an MFA from Warren Wilson College. She recently studied poetry at San Miguel Poetry Week in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

Julia Dahl is a freelance journalist who specializes in crime and justice. Her feature articles have appeared in the Boston Globe Sunday Magazine and Salon, The Columbia Journalism Review; and many others. In 2009, She was awarded a John Jay/H.F. Guggenheim fellowship in criminal justice journalism and was invited to be a contributing editor and staff writer for The Crime, a non-profit criminal justice news site run by the Center on Media, Crime and Justice. She holds a BA in English from Yale, an MFA in fiction from the New School, and an MA in journalism from American University. She is working a literary novel about a young female New York City reporter who becomes involved in the murder of a Hasidic Jewish woman.

Lisa Blackwell currently writes short stories and non-fiction to highlight the quality-of-life struggles of women in today’s fast paced world. Her work has been published in Makeshift Magazine, Innerchange Magazine, Phati’tude Literary Magazine, and the anthology Woman’s Work: The Short Stories by Michelle Sewell. She has an upcoming short story that will appear in the literary magazine CALYX. Her latest work is the self-help guide for women titled, Are You a Mule or a Queen?: How to Have Other Honor Your Wishes and Value Your Time.

Pete MacDonald is working on a literary novel about an older man who decides he must answer for crimes he committed in the distant past. He has published fiction and non-fiction in the New York Times, Barrelhouse Magazine, Inkwell, Flashquake, and has a story forthcoming in The Battered Suitcase. He lives in Seattle, WA.

Jenny Klion has had her short plays and performance pieces produced in New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC, at venues such as Dance Theater Workshop, and the Knitting Factory. Ms. Klion received her B.A. in Theater Arts/Dance from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and studied at L’Ecole Jacques Lecoq—Mime, Mask, Movement Theater—in Paris, France. She is a former member of the Pickle Family Circus in San Francisco, and the Big Apple Circus in New York City, more recently, she was a staff writer on the CBS prime-time game show Power of 10.

Nancy Anne Miller was born in Bermuda. She has a Masters in Literature in Creative Writing from the University of Glasgow, Scotland. Her poems have been published in Edinburgh Review, Stand, Caribbean Writer, Dalhousie Review, The Fiddlehead, Postcolonial Text. In 2008, she was a fellow at MacDowell Colony.

Liz Dolan’s first poetry collection, They Abide, was recently published by March Street Press. She has also published poems, memoir and short stories in New Delta Review, Rattle, Harp Weaver, The Cortland Review, Illuminations, Prism International Quarterly, Philadelphia Stories and Natural Bridge, among others. Her work in Mudlark was chosen for The Best of the Web by Web Del Sol. A five-time Pushcart nominee, she lives in Rehobeth Beach, Delaware.

2010 Residents announced

This year the Martha’s Vineyard Writers Residency received over 100 applications for our month-long residency program. Here is this years group.

Jamie Pachino Jones.  Jamie is an award winning playwright whose work has been produced in four countries.  She is a recipient of the Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays and 2010 Francesca Primus Prize by the American Theatre Critics Association. She teaches at UC Irvine.

Sylvia Sukop is recipient of the 2009 PEN Center USA Emerging Voices Rosenthal Fellowship .  She is currently working on a memoir about the death of her brother, an environmental activist.

Jude Marr is a librarian from Herefordshire, England.  She is working on a new novel entitled Friends In Need.  It is her third novel.

Katie Kingston is a poet from Colorado.  Her poems have appear in the Atlanta Review, Hunger Mountain, Margie and Nimrod, among others.  She is the recipient of the 2010 W.D. Snodgrass Award for Poetic Endeavor and Excellence and a perennial participant in the San Miguel Poetry Week in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

Patricia Patterson is a short story writer who has taught at New York University and Fordham University.  Her work has been short-listed for the Bakeless Prize of the Bread Loaf Writers Conference and a finalist for the Raymond Carver Prize.

Kirby Wright is from Hawaii.  A graduate of San Francisco State University graduate writing program, Kirby’s work has been nominated for two Pushcarts and he is a recipient of the Ann Fields Poetry Prize  and the Browning Society Award for Dramatic Monologue.

Karen Hunt has been commissioned by The Adirondack Review to write a piece about death row inmate Maureen McDermott.  Karen is co-founder of InsideOut Writers, a creative writing program for incarcerated youth in L.A. She lives in Los Angeles with her three children.

Neil Swidey is a staff writer for The Boston Globe Magazine.  His book, The Assist: Hoops, Hope, and the Game of Their Lives was a best seller and was named one of the best books of 2008. He is a recipient of numerous journalism awards.

Gay Giordano has a BA in writing from Carnegie Mellon.  Her poetry has appeared in numerous journals.  She has been a resident at Banff Center, the Vermont Writer’s Studio and Bennington College Summer Residency.

Deirdra McAfee has published her stories in The Georgia Review, The Diagram, The Baltimore Review among many others. Her work has been nominated for a pushcart prize and received a Pushcart Special Mention. She teaches creative writing at The Visual Arts Center of Richmond.

Juliet Bressan is a novelist from Dublin, Ireland.  She has published two best selling novels during the last three years.  Her most recent novel is Snow White Turtle Doves.

Renee Ranchan is from India. She writer for many journals and periodicals in India including Hindustan Times and The Sun.  Her book of poetry, Untwine the Wind was published this summer.  This is her first residency.

2010 Summer Reading Series Lineup

This summer marks the 3rd year of the Poetry Reading Series at 

Featherstone Center for the Arts in coordination with the Martha’s 

Vineyard Writers Residency.  This years lineup features Jennifer Tseng 

and Clark Meyers on June 17th, July 15th Alice Koceimba and Nikoletta 

Nousiopoulous, and on August 19th Judith Tanenbaum and Richard 

Michaelson.  All reading start at 7 p.m.