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.
June | Luis Alberto Urrea
Acclaimed writer and author of Goodnight, Irene, The House of Broken Angels, Into the Beautiful North, The Devil’s Highway, and other titles. Hemingway Distinguished Lecture on June 30.
July | Javier Zamora
Author of the poetry collection Unaccompanied. Has been a Stegner Fellow at Stanford, a Radcliffe Fellow at Harvard, and holds fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. Community Speaker Series: “Solito” on June 19.
August | Jared Farmer
Farmer, a 2021 Writer-In-Resident, returns. Geohumanist and place-based historian based in Philadelphia. His latest book is Elderflora: A Modern History of Ancient Trees. Program information forthcoming.
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.
Winner of the Lightship International Short Story Prize and creative writing instructor. Author of Blind Speed, Before Hiroshima, and Mexico. “Wonder Travels” on Vimeo.
Artist whose large-scale multimedia projects fuse performance art, video, and sculptural installation. Works include The Cremaster Cycle, River of Fundament, and Redoubt. “Redoubt” Film Screening.
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.
Fifth U.S presidential inaugural poet—the first Latino, immigrant, and gay person to serve in such a role. Author of several collections of poetry, chapbooks, and memoirs. 2020 Hemingway Distinguished Lecture on Vimeo.
Obie-award-winning playwright and inaugural Sun Valley Playwrights’ Resident. Plays include Harry Clarke, We’re Only Alive for A Short Amount of Time, and Sandra. Playwright reception on Vimeo.
Writer, translator, and the author of The Line Becomes a River, winner of the 2018 Los Angeles Times Book Prize and a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in nonfiction. “The Line Becomes a River” 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.
Ariel Delgado Dixon
Author of Don’t Say We Didn’t Warn You. Her work has appeared in Kenyon Review and elsewhere. A 2019 graduate of the Boise State University MFA Program in Creative Writing. “Don’t Say We Didn’t Warn You” on Vimeo.
Writer and lecturer since 2008 in geography, environmental studies, and writing at the College of Idaho in Caldwell. Workshop at the Hemingway House.
Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and a National Book Award-winning author of nine books, including The Big Burn and A Pilgrimage to Eternity. 2021 Hemingway Distinguished Lecture on Vimeo.
Robert K. Elder
Author of 16 books, including Last Words of the Executed, Hidden Hemingway, Hemingway in Comics, and Moby-Dick: Illustrated by Gilbert Wilson. “Hemingway in Comics” on Vimeo.
Walter H. Annenberg Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania and author of On Zion’s Mount: Mormons, Indians, and the American Landscape. Jack Grove Writer-In-Residence. “Trees and Writing” on Vimeo.
Author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, the Library’s 2020 Winter Read and winner of the 2010 Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature. Also the author of The Many Daughters of Afong Moy and two other novels. 2020 Winter Read Keynote on Vimeo.
Author Family Attractions, The Chinchilla Farm, A Desert of Pure Feeling, Red Water, Set for Life, The Long Embrace: Raymond Chandler and The Woman He Loved, and MacArthur Park. “MacArthur Park” on Vimeo.
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.
Author of six critically acclaimed novels, winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award for debut fiction, and graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. “One True Sentence” on Crowdcast.
Writer, editor, and environmental columnist for Outside online. Author of the books Downriver, and Powder Days. How Does Water Matter in the West? on Vimeo.
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.
Author of Eleutheria and the short story collections Of This New World and The Last Catastrophe. “Eleutheria” on Vimeo.
Craig Johnson is the New York Times bestselling author of the Longmire mysteries and the recipient of the Western Writers of America Spur Award for fiction. Craig Johnson on Vimeo.
Naomi McDougall Jones
Screenwriter, actor, producer, activist. Films include Imagine I’m Beautiful and Bite Me. Author of The Wrong Kind of Women: Inside Our Revolution to Dismantle the Gods of Hollywood. “The Wrong Kind of Women” on Vimeo.
Patrick Radden Keefe
Award-winning staff writer at The New Yorker magazine and author of Empire of Pain and Say Nothing, and Rogues: True Stories of Grifters, Killers, Rebels and Crooks. Community Speaker Series event.
Screenwriter and inaugural Writing by Writers residency recipient. “Dispatches from a Residency” on Vimeo.
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.
Second annual Sun Valley Playright’s Residenct. Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of Cost of Living, Sanctuary City, Queens, and Ironbound. Reading and conversation on “Cost of Living.”
Author of The Torqued Man and a graphic artist and cartoonist. Teaches history and literature in Stanford’s Master of Liberal Arts program. “The Torqued Man” on Vimeo.
Conservationist and author of On the Dark Side of the Moon, a memoir, and Living in the Broken West, a book of essays. Workshop on Self-Publishing: How Do You Do It?
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.
Former Chief of Disguise in the CIA’s Office of Technical Service and co-author of Spy Dust: A True Story of Espionage and Romance, Argo and The Moscow Rules. “ARGO”: Behind the Scenes.
Ali Noorani is the Program Director of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation’s U.S. Democracy program, and formerly the president & chief executive officer of the National Immigration Forum. “Crossing Borders” on Vimeo.
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.
Betsy Gaines Quammen
Environmental historian and author of American Zion: Cliven Bundy, God and Public Lands in the West. Jack Grove Writer-In-Residence. “True West” on Vimeo.
Novelist, Crested Butte indie bookstore owner, and second annual Writing by Writers residency recipient. “A New West” on Vimeo.
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.
Teacher, administrator, consultant, and author of Influencing Hemingway. “Papa’s Places” on Vimeo.
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.
Nonfiction writer and author of All the Lives We Ever Lived: Seeking Solace in Virginia Woolf. Writing workshop.
Rachel Louise Snyder
4th Jack Grove Writer-In-Residence. Author of No Visible Bruises: What We Don’t Know About Domestic Violence Can Kill Us, and Associate Professor at American University. “Women We Buried, Women We Burned” on Vimeo.
Emmy-nominated producer, documentary filmmaker, activist, and Co-founder of Advocates for Inclusion in Media. “Media and Ourselves” on Vimeo.
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 bestselling memoir Wild, Tiny Beautiful Things, Brave Enough, and the novel Torch. Jack Grove Writer-In-Residence. Virtual writing workshop and “Cheryl Calling” on Vimeo.
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 that was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. 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.
Award-winning novelist, short story writer, and memoirist. His work appears regularly in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Harper’s, and other magazines and literary journals. “The Art of the Story.”