Fellowships & Residencies

La Muse has offered residencies and fellowships since 2008 and barter residencies and fellowships since 2001.

Here they are month by month:

January Fellowships

The La Muse/Univeristy of Iowa Fellowship, offered to an alum of the University of Iowa Nonfiction Writing Program.

Previous Fellows

La Muse fellow Brendan Wolfe and New Zealand artist Dave Beazley on the Onion Walk…

2009: Brendan Wolfe. Brendan is a writer and editor (Kirkus, San Francisco Chronicle, The Christian Science Monitor, Colorado Review, et al.) who has edited two alternative weekly newspapers, worked on the copy desk of a daily newspaper, and taught. We were delighted to hear that the book Brendan was working on during his time here at La Muse about the jazz musician Bix Biederbecke will be published next year. You can check out Brendan’s cool blog The Beiderbecke Affair which to quote Brendan

“concerns itself with things literary while also indulging its proprietor’s rather unrelated interests in the early jazz musician Bix Beiderbecke and Korean culture, history, and politics about all things.”


La Muse fellow Tom Montgomery-Fate

2008: Tom Montgomery-Fate. Tom was the first winner of the Iowa Fellowship. Tom was recently on National Public Radio in Chicago, reading the introduction of the book he’s writing right now. It’s about Thoreau’s Walden, relaxation and seeing things as they really are. Tom is a professor of English at College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. You can check out his other books here on Amazon.

June Fellowships

The La Muse/University of Wisconsin Fellowship, offered to an alum of the University of Wisconsin Creative Writing Department.

Previous Fellows

2009: Ed Porter. Ed is doing a Ph.D. in Creative Writing and Literature at the University of Houston, Texas, the degree being expected sometime in May 2012. He will be using his time at La Muse to finish revisions on the short story collection he has been working on over the past three years entitled “The Changing Station.” The title story of the collection, published first in the Colorado Review (Spring 2008), has already been selected for the Best New American Voices 2010.

2008: Emma Snyder. Emma spent her month here working on her first novel.

August Fellowships

The La Muse/An Foras Feasa fellowship, a summer research fellowship offered through An Foras Feasa in Ireland, a research consortium of four institutions: National University of Ireland Maynooth, Dundalk Institute of Technology, Dublin City University and St Patricks College Drumcondra.

Previous Fellows

La Muse fellow composer Eibhlís Farrell


2009: Eibhlis Farrell. Eibhlis is an Irish composer, as well as the Head of Music and Creative Media (Ceannasaí Roinn Ceoil agus Meain Chruthaitheacha) at the Dundalk Institute of Technology. She attended the August 24 – September 14 retreat.

2008: Tadhg O Dushlaine. Tadhg is an Irish poet who is also the head of the Irish department at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth.

NOVEMBER: Wildcard Residency, open to anyone who’d like to apply. Deadline: 31st of July.




Previous Wildcard Fellowships

2014: Seamus Scanlon. Seamus is an Irish playwright and fiction writer from Ireland, based in New York.

2009: Kieran Carroll. Kieran is a playwright and poet from Australia. Kieran’s disembodied head performing Philip Larkin’s “This Be the Verse” at our book swap was a great laugh.

2008: Shahnaz Habib. Shahnaz is a freelance writer and editor, based in Brooklyn, New York. Her writing has been published in the New York Press, Women’s ENews, Elan, etc. and has appeared in the anthology, Twentysomething Essays by Twentysomething Writers.

We are still exploring through which avenue to offer a residency (although we have hosted many visual artist barters) to a visual arts candidate, and to citizens of the EU and the rest of the world.

Future Fellowships

1. A potential September residency with cultural organizations in Ireland (Foras Feasa), France and Australia.

2. Our “Distinguished Visitor” residency: our way to thank and support artists and writers whose work we admire.

3. “Adopt an Artist”: We will present portfolios of writers and artists who are seeking residencies. These are remarkably talented individuals that we would dearly love to see sponsored to do a retreat at La Muse. Many of them are young and emerging artists from developing countries, such as Africa and Eastern Europe. Please email us if you, or someone you know, would be interested in making this happen.

These residencies are not currently underwritten by any foundations; we are simply giving a room to writers and artists who apply. We hope that with our new non-profit association we will be able to broaden our residency program.

What we offer is one month in our retreat to work on a specific project. Application requirements consist of:

1. an approximately 250-word description of the work you hope to accomplish at La Muse.

2. an up-to-date CV or resume.

3. a one-page sample or photo of your work.

4. the names and contact information for two references, one personal and one professional.

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