Welcoming April Artists in Residence

Help us welcome our next batch of artists in residence for the month of April. You can meet all of them and learn about their work at the next free & informal On the Deck gathering on Wednesday, April 11 from 6-7 pm at 607 Ashe Street.

Ann McLaughlin
Writer, Chevy Chase, Maryland
Bethesday Writer’s Center
Founding Member

Ann McLaughlin was born in Cambridge, MA and graduated from Radcliffe College. She later earned her Ph D in Literature and Philosophy from American University, where she taught English for eight years. She has taught workshops on the novel, the short story and journal writing for many years at the Writer’s Center in Bethesda, MD. She and her husband enjoyed giving a course in London, entitled “The History of London in London.”

Ann’s most recent short story, “A Chevy Chase Morning,” was published in BETHESDA MAGAZINE, Sept/Oct. 2009. She has published scholarly articles on Virginia Woolf, Katherine Mansfield, D.H. Lawrence, and King Lear. John Daniel & Co. published all six of her novels: Lightning in July, The Balancing Pole, Sunset at Rosalie, Maiden Voyage, The House on Q Street and Leaving Bayberry House.



Susan Burrows Dabney
Bozeman, Montana

Susan Burrows Dabney‘s passion is the land – its beauty and bounty whether out in the bitter cold of the winter or the warmth and the rich colors of the fall.

“For me, the only way to paint such magnificence is to be set up outside with my easel with the vista in front of me ready to be painted. Plein air painting is magical, dangerous, thrilling, quiet, and always influenced by whatever weather comes through. Eveything changes all the time and it is my intention to capture the magic of it all. I have to be ready to balance the wild ride that nature suprises me with in order to stay connected to that process.”



Gayle Fraas and Duncan Slade
Fiber Artists/Art Quilts
Edgecomb, Maine



Joan Michelson
London, United Kingdom

Until 2003, Joan Michelson was Senior Lecturer, Head of Creative Writing and Holocaust Literature at the University of Wolverhampton. She works as a writer-in-the-schools and teaches Creative Writing/Literature at Birkbeck College, University of London. Originally from Boston, Mass., she lives in the UK.

Toward the Heliopause was selected as a Book of the Year, 2007, by Anthony Rudolf, www.readysteadybook.com and as Poetry Kit Book of the Month, March 2008.  There is also a CD of a live reading, with music, from the book.

Joan Michelson’s first full collection, Toward the Heliopause, was published by Mad Jock Publishers, Liverpool, 2007.  Her chapbook, Letting in the Light, won Editor’s Prize, Poetic Matrix Press, California. 2002.  Joan’s poetry has been published in over fifty magazines and book anthologies in the UK and USA. Her poem Amen was selected for first prize by Poet Laureate Andrew Motion in Londonarts.co International competition, 2004.


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