PLAYA Current Residents

Kathy Conde

Kathy Conde won the Crab Orchard Review Jack Dyer Fiction Prize 2014. She has also won prizes and scholarships from Salem International Literary Awards, Munster’s Seán Ó Faoláin Short Story Competition, and the Aspen Writers' Foundation. She has been awarded...

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Ocean

Ocean is a disabled writer living in the mists of the northwest coast. His poetry and fiction is known for its resuscitation of the mythic and its contribution to hypnogogic literary animism. He first learned about writing when his mother handed him a crayon. Ever...

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Amanda Millis

Amanda Millis received her MFA in painting from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston, and a BA in Studio Art from Smith College. She studied painting and drawing at the New York Studio School under a merit scholarship, studied at Chautauqua Institute...

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Marianne Barcellona

Marianne Barcellona grew up in Dallas, earned her B.A. from Oberlin College, and then moved to New York City, where for years she traveled the globe as a freelance editorial photographer on assignments for major magazines, cultural and humanitarian organizations and...

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Samantha Mitchell

Samantha Mitchell was born in 1986 in New York City and graduated from Oberlin College in 2008. She lived and worked in Illinois, Utah, California, and Oregon before enrolling in the MFA program of Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, graduating in 2012. Mitchell is...

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Justin Go

Justin Go was born in Los Angeles. He studied at the University of California, Berkeley and University College London. Justin's first novel, The Steady Running of the Hour, was published in 2014 by Simon & Schuster and has been translated into twenty languages. He was...

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Keetje Kuipers

Keetje Kuipers has been a Stegner Fellow, the Margery Davis Boyden Wilderness Writing Resident, a Bread Loaf Fellow, and the Emerging Writer Lecturer at Gettysburg College. A recipient of the Pushcart Prize, her poems, essays, and fiction have appeared widely,...

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Emma Gerigscott

Born in 1991, Emma grew up in a Mennonite family in the cornfields of Northern Indiana. After receiving her B.A. in Art, Environmental Science, and Social Policy from Goshen College, Emma began her own small farm at the nearby retirement home and illustrated on the...

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Lauren Kessler

Lauren Kessler is an award-winning author and (semi) fearless immersion reporter who combines lively narrative with deep research to understand and bring to light subcultures within our midst. At the intersection of cultural anthropology, literary journalism and oral...

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