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Andrew Glasgow Writers Residency

The Andrew Glasgow Writer’s Residency provides emerging and established writers, scholars, and curators with time to conduct research and write on topics designed to advance the field of crafts. This program is intended for writers who would benefit from focused time in a retreat environment, who have specific project goals related to craft, and who want to interact with studio artists in the Penland community.


The program is named in honor of Andrew Glasgow, who has served as the director of the American Craft Council, the director of the Furniture Society, and director of education and collections at the Southern Highland Craft Guild. Andrew is also a well-regarded curator, lecturer, and essayist, who has been a consistent intellectual force in the craft community.
Resident writers are invited to participate in Penland’s creative community, which encourages artistic diversity and exchange between media and disciplines. The program offers writers time to observe, experience, and write without interruption, using an active crafts community as a catalyst for new ideas.
The program provides one writer each year with room, board, and a private work space at Penland for up to four weeks each. The residencies generally coincide with Penland’s fall and spring sessions. Each writer will be asked to engage with Penland’s artist community, make a presentation on their writing or ideas.
Penland’s goals for this program are to support writing about craft by offering writers time, space, and resources to create new work; to engage writers with campus and local arts communities; and to bring new language into the craft culture.
Writers are invited by a committee comprised of Penland’s program director Leslie Noell, writer Lydia Matthews, who is an associate dean at Parsons The New School for Design, and Andrew Glasgow.

The 2013 resident writer was Emilia Ferraro who was in residence at Penland in July 2013. Ferarro has been the director of the school of applied anthropology at Salesian University in Quito, Ecuador and is currently a professor of anthropology and sustainable development at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. She has written extensively about the indigenous people of the Andes. Her current research is focused on sustainability issues including the role that making and craft may play in developing new ways of thinking and living that support a sustainable future for human society.

Read more about Emilia Ferraro's stay at Penland


Previous Resident Writers

2012 – Christopher Benfey
Christopher Benfey is the Mellon Professor of English at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts. He is the author of Red Brick, Black Mountain, White Clay: Reflections on Art, Family, And Survival and four other books about American art and culture. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a long-time art critic for the online magazine Slate, and a frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books, The New York Times Book Review, and the New Republic. Benfey will return to Penland in 2014 as an instructor, co-teaching a class combining word and image with photographer Neal Rantoul.


2011 – Barry Lopez
Barry Lopez is an acclaimed author of essays, journalism, and fiction. His books include Arctic Dreams (which won a National Book Award), Winter Count, About this Life, and Resistance. He has written about the work of various visual and craft artists and has worked collaboratively with a composer, a playwright, several illustrators, and a book artist. He was in residence in October, 2011. As part of his residency, Barry Lopez read several short pieces and then led a discussion on the topic of "the artist and social responsibility."


2010 -- Ingrid Shaffner
Ingrid Schaffner is a senior curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia. In addition to curating numerous exhibitions, she has written extensively on modern and contemporary art. Her publications include Salvador Dali’s Dream of Venus: The Surrealist Funhouse at the 1939 World’s Fair (Princeton Architectural Press) and an essay on wall text in Questions of Practice: What Makes a Great Exhibition? (Philadelphia Exhibitions Initiative).


To endow the Andrew Glasgow Writer’s Residency, we seek contributions totaling $181,500. Gifts to this program may be made by writing to the Andrew Glasgow Writers Residency Program, Development Office, Penland School of Crafts, PO Box 37, Penland, NC 28765 or using our online donation form.


If you use the online form please write "Andrew Glasgow Writers Residency" in the Additional Gift Information box.


If you would like to talk to the development office about supporting this program, contact Nancy Kerr: