Naomi Shihab Nye chose Chivas Sandage's poem, “Chopping Onions,” as runner-up for the Southern Humanities Review 2017 Auburn Witness Poetry Prize, which includes a cash award and publication. The documentary film about Daniela Gioseffi, Author and Activist: The Daniela Gioseffi Story has been screening with talks by Anton Evangelista, the prize-winning filmmaker, and Daniela, and previewed to rave reviews at the Maya Daren … Continue reading Wellspring Community News: December
We're delighted to say that this was our busiest fall yet! As we're preparing for the holiday season, we wanted to pause a moment and thank each and every one of you who stayed at Wellspring this fall—and this last year, and this last decade or two! Friendships were formed over many a late-night fireside debate, drafts were drafted, … Continue reading A Glorious Fall in Ashfield
Prakash Younger's first book, Boats on the Marne: Jean Renoir's Critique of Modernity was just released by Indiana University Press. Olivia Kate Cerrone is appearing in the Four Stories reading series on Thursday as part of Boston's annual Lit Crawl. Olivia will also be appearing at the Boston Book Festival this Saturday. Patricia Fargnoli's fifth book, Hallowed: New and Selected Poems, was published in September, 2017 by … Continue reading Wellspring Community News: October 2017
This fall, Wellspring hosted Netherlands-based visual artists Sarah Jane Hickson and Jaqueline Muitjens, who recently completed a three-week residency in Ashfield. During their time at Wellspring, they transformed Ann's Studio into their own studio workspace, drew inspiration from Ashfield's fall festival, drank a lot of strong coffee, and produced a series of stunning cyanotype prints. They documented their process and … Continue reading Wellspring in Blue: Artists in Residence
We're so excited to share that the winner of Split This Rock's 2018 Sonia Sanchez-Langston Hughes Poetry Contest will be awarded a week-long residency at Wellspring House. Split this Rock "cultivates, teaches, and celebrates poetry that bears witness to injustice and provokes social change," and the contest "serves to raise the visibility and prestige of poetry of provocation … Continue reading Split this Rock Contest Winner to Receive Wellspring Residency
In June, a reporter and a photographer from the Daily Hampshire Gazette paid a visit to Wellspring as part of a feature on the retreat's history and its exciting new chapter. "Ashfield’s Wellspring House might be one of the better-kept secrets in the Valley," says reporter Steve Pfarrer. "But among a growing number of writers, particularly in the … Continue reading Wellspring Featured in Daily Hampshire Gazette
Earlier this year, in January of 2017, Director Preston Browning and author Steve Almond developed a new Wellspring fellowship for emerging writers. The purpose of the fellowship is to provide young and emerging writers an opportunity to work intensively on their craft while helping to maintain operations at Wellspring House. The Wellspring Writer-in-Residence receives yearlong … Continue reading Welcome, Writers-in-Residence!
On September 23, 2014, Wellspring House was the lucky subject of fan favorite online publication The Toast (RIP). "Wellspring House: On Having a Retreat Of One’s Own," by Geri Lipschultz, is full of lovely and gracious little gems, such as this beaut: "What really seems to distinguish this retreat from others is the intentional low cost, the presence of a familial culture, and—as one of the residents, Sandy Flitterman-Lewis, has so neatly placed it—a 'supportive, creative, and noncompetitive' atmosphere."