Supporting creative work in a place Hemingway loved and lived
Unique in the intermountain West, this residency provides an allowance of time and space in an historic house and a spectacular natural landscape for writers to work.
The Writer-in-Residence at the Hemingway House is a residency program based in Ketchum, Idaho, and managed by The Community Library, custodian of the historic and privately-operated Ernest and Mary Hemingway House and Preserve.
The residency is by invitation only, as we are focused at this time on aligning the residency with the Library’s programs, major initiatives, and community partnerships.
Letters of inquiry may be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org, and submissions may include a CV and/or writing sample.
The Library fields a large number of inquiries. We thank you for understanding that we are not able to respond to all inquiries and that responses may be delayed. We typically are not able to respond to time-sensitive inquiries.
Herald from the Hemingway House
Kim Cross, New York Times Best-Selling author, journalist, and historian. She discussed her new book, In Light of All Darkness: Inside the Polly Klaas Kidnapping and the Search for America’s Child.
“Uninterrupted time to write in solitude is the greatest gift I have ever been given, and this residency was one of the most special. An architect once told me that houses die when they’re uninhabited. What a wonderful way you have found to keep this house and its spirit alive… I got to talk about one book during my visit and begin writing another. Thank you for making this possible!”
December | Amy Tara Koch
Journalist and author, reporting on travel, food, and style. Longtime contributor to The New York Times and other outlets. Writing Workshop: What Makes a Good Story? on December 12
January | CMarie Fuhrman
Author of Camped Beneath the Dam: Poems and co-editor of Native Voices. Director of the Elk River Writers Workshop, Director of Poetry for Western Colorado University’s MFA in Creative Writing Program, and a former Idaho Writer In Residence.
February | Kishi Bashi
Acclaimed singer, multi-instrumentalist, and songwriter based in Athens, Georgia. A graduate of the Berklee College of Music. A Song Film by Kishi Bashi: “Omoiyari” on February 13.
Past Writers-In-Residence & Guests
Award-winning playwright and novelist. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and author of the novels Homeland Elegies and American Dervish. Community Speaker Series on Vimeo.
Wilderness advocate, activist, and the author of more than thirty books, including the short story collections The Watch and For a Little While; the memoir Colter; and the novel All the Land to Hold Us.
Obie-award-winning playwright and inaugural Sun Valley Playwright’s Resident in 2021. Plays include Harry Clarke, We’re Only Alive for A Short Amount of Time, and Sandra. Playwright reception on Vimeo.
Brady Presidential Distinguished Professor and Chair of History at Weber State University whose work focuses on environmental politics in the U.S. Author of Losing Eden: An Environmental History of the American West.
Writer and lecturer since 2008 in geography, environmental studies, and writing at the College of Idaho in Caldwell. Workshop at the Hemingway House.
Stephen McDougall Graham
Classically-trained violinist, President of the board of the Chelsea Symphony in New York City, and now resident Concertmaster for the Wood River Valley Orchestra. Community concerts.
Health advocate, author, and film/television producer. Author of Invisible Girl and Out Came the Sun, as well as Running with Nature, Mariel’s Kitchen, and Finding My Balance.
Photographer of the series Landscapes for the Homeless and Discarded, and the monographs Anthony Hernandez (SFMOMA) and Forever (MACK). Recipient of a 2018 Guggenheim Fellowship, among other honors.
Author of the memoir, Deep Creek, as well as two novels, Contents May Have Shifted and Sight Hound, two collections of short stories, Cowboys Are My Weakness and Waltzing the Cat, and a collection of essays, A Little More About Me.
A 2023 AmeriCorps Lead for America Fellow, helping Iowans build bridges with their immigrant neighbors. Graduate of Stanford University. Open Book Storytelling Event.
Founding member of Big Dance Theater, for which he has directed, co-directed, and acted. He has also acted in over 40 feature films and is the recipient of two Bessies and an Obie Award. “Cage Shuffle.”
Artist and educator based in Mazatlán, Sinaloa, specializing in traditional Mexican papier-mâché art. His work is on exhibit as part of the 2023 Winter Read. “Las Catrinas: A Celebration of Mexican Culture”.
Mary Pauline Lowry
Author of the novels The Roxy Letters and Wildfire. She has an MA in English/Creative Writing from the University of Texas and an MFA in Creative Writing from Boise State University. Writing workshop.
Author of Home Waters: A Chronicle of Family and a River, five other works on wildland fires, and an award winning author and journalist. The Boy, the War, and the Big Two-Hearted River on Vimeo.
Third annual Writing by Writers residency recipient. Short story writer, graduate of the Columbia University MFA program, and a 2018 Tin House Scholar. How to Overcome Writer’s Block Workshop.
Award-winning filmmaker and Executive Director of the Japanese Community Youth Council. Works include Reparations and Alternative Facts: The Lies of Executive Order 9066. He also produces content for the Stop Repeating History campaign.
Mark P. Ott
Author of A Sea of Change: Ernest Hemingway and the Gulf Stream and editor of the Teaching Ernest Hemingway series for Kent State University Press. Research on the Library’s David Meeker Collection.
Author of Bitterbrush Country: Living on the Edge of the Land, a collection of short essays revealing humorous, heartwarming, and heartbreaking moments from her life on Idaho’s Flat Top Sheep Ranch.
Helen F. Farnsworth Senior Fellow and the co-director of Stanford Center on China’s Economy and Institutions. How Will the Rural Economy Support or Drag Down China’s Future Growth? on Vimeo.
Digital media executive and former Chief Executive Officer of Match.com and Ask.com.
Editor of BBC Music Magazine. Editor of The Strad from 2017-2022, and has also worked for Gramophone Magazine and as a freelance arts writer. Also performs as an active chamber musician.
Admiral James Stavridis
16th Supreme Allied Commander at NATO and author of twelve books on leadership, the oceans, maritime affairs, and Latin America.
Author of The Miracle Life of Edgar Mint, The Lonely Polygamist, and Letting Loose the Hounds. Writing workshop.
Tucson-based musician and artist whose work uses songwriting, sampling, field recording, video, installation and collaboration to ask questions about place, the duality of inner and outer landscapes and one’s role in the natural world. Deep Listening Workshop.
Author of The Quick and the Dead, a runner-up for the Pulitzer Prize, and four collections of stories, as well as Ill Nature, a book of essays. Visited in partnership with Boise State University’s MFA Program and led two student workshops.
Terry Tempest Williams
Award-winning author of Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place and When Women Were Birds, among others. Currently the Writer-in-Residence at the Harvard Divinity School. 2019 Hemingway Distinguished Lecturer.
Senior Lecturer at Miami Herbert Business School. Hemingway’s Coda on Vimeo.
Educator and biologist from Salt Lake City where he teaches at Rowland Hall. Natural history survey of the Hemingway House Preserve and high school lesson plans blending science and literature.
Former Director of The Arrupe Center for Community-Based Learning at Santa Clara University and a chaplain at Stanford University. “Beyond: How Humankind Thinks About Heaven” on Vimeo.