The Sorting Room Residency
Seattle7Writers has a new initiative called The Sorting Room, a physical space combining two programs we feel are crucial to Seattle’s reading and writing communities: our well established Pocket Library Program and our newer Writer’s Residency. As an organization made up of working, published writers who’ve logged the hours and miles and setbacks of the creative and business sides of this profession, we understand the need for a quiet place for contemplation and work.
Janet Buttenwieser’s work has appeared in The Rumpus, Under the Sun, Potomac Review, The Pinch, Bellevue Literary Review, and elsewhere. Her memoir, GUTS, was a finalist for the University of New Orleans Publishing Lab Prize and will be published by Vine Leaves Press in 2018. Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, was a finalist for Oregon Quarterly’s Northwest Perspectives Essay Contest, and won honorable mention in The Atlantic Student Writing contest. She holds an MFA from the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts in Washington State.
Sierra Nelson is a Seattle-based poet and text-based performance and installation artist. Her books include forthcoming poetry collection The Lachrymose Report (Poetry NW Editions) and lyrical choose-your-own-adventure I Take Back the Sponge Cake (Rose Metal Press) made with visual artist Loren Erdrich. Her poems have appeared inside Seattle Metro buses and at the Seattle Aquarium, with Nordic runes on lava stones in Iceland (SIM Gallery), in sound boxes on Denny Ave. (All Rise Project), and in literary journals and anthologies including Alive at the Center, Crazyhorse, Tin House, Pleiades, and Poetry Northwest. Earning her M.F.A. in Poetry from University of Washington, Nelson is a MacDowell Colony Fellow, Pushcart Prize nominee, and recipient of the Carolyn Kizer Prize and Seattle Office of Arts & Culture’s CityArtist Grant. Nelson is also co-founder of literary performance art groups the Vis-à-Vis Society (2004-present) and The Typing Explosion (est. 1998). She teaches a variety of places including at Hugo House, through Seattle Arts & Lectures’ Writers in the Schools (WITS) program at Seattle Children’s Hospital and elsewhere, and through University of Washington in Bothell, Friday Harbor, and Rome, Italy. For more info: songsforsquid.tumblr.com
A native of Seattle, Matthew Bennett recently returned home after a decade abroad immersed in the study of language and the arts. He lived in the distant poles of the Americas—Argentina and Canada—where he studied, taught, wrote, and edited. Matthew has worked in many genres, from short stories and novels, to blog posts and newspaper articles, to book-length research projects. Having spent ample time grinding through academic texts, Matthew is turning his creativity toward the writing and editing of literary fiction. It is, after all, what drove him to explore in the first place
By offering workspace to writers who could use one, we hope to help keep Seattle’s creative community healthy and thriving, one writer at a time.
Seattle7Writers is grateful to Amazon Literary Partnership for their support of this program.