We are delighted to announce our 2019 SMALL TIME Residency awardees for our collaborative residency project with This Will Take Time: SMALL TIME.
SMALL TIME grants selected experimental writers and their collaborators, at any stage in their career, a free residency program at This Will Take Time, as well as an opportunity to perform creative and critical work, and give an artist talk. Residents may receive a stipend based on their budgetary needs and a two to four week occupancy at This Will Take Time.
Mary Burger writes cross-genre prose works that reach across the categories of poetry, fiction, essay, and memoir. Burger’s work engages questions of narrative structure, of how language can represent the experience of time and self-awareness, and how fragments may or may not coalesce into coherence. I'm interested in the ways that accidental and purposeful distortions of perception help us figure out where we are and what's going on. Burger’s books include: Then Go On, (Litmus Press), A Partial Handbook for Navigators, (Interbirth Books), and Sonny (Leon Works).
Charity Yoro is a writer, facilitator, and event producer based in San Francisco. Born, raised, and educated in Hawai'i, Charity moved to the Bay Area in 2014 after nearly a decade of working and volunteering abroad. She is the founder of Women of Words, a community of women-identified writers; Gathering of Wands, an online writing circle series; and the co-host of HerMana, a podcast she started featuring curious conversations with women of color artist-preneurs. Charity is currently writing a poetry collection on the theme of home & belonging while pursuing her MFA in Creative Writing at USF.
Denise Newman’s poetry collections are Future People, The New Make Believe, Wild Goods, and Human Forest. She is the translator of Azorno and The Painted Room, both by the late Danish poet, Inger Christensen, and Baboon by Naja Marie Aidt, which won the 2015 PEN Translation Award. Newman is also involved in video, installation and social practice projects that explore language and poetics, and for many years she has collaborated with composers providing lyrics for choral works and songs. She has received a Creative Work Fund grant and an NEA Fellowship in Translation. She teaches in the writing programs at the California College of the Arts.
Sarah Rosenthal is the author of Lizard, Manhatten, and several chapbooks. A collaboration with poet Valerie Witte is forthcoming from The Operating System. Sarah edited A Community Writing Itself: Conversations with Vanguard Poets of the Bay Area. Her poetry, fiction, and nonfiction has appeared in numerous journals and in anthologies such as Kindergarde: Avant-garde Poems, Plays, and Stories for Children (Black Radish, 2013), Building is a Process / Light is an Element: essays and excursions for Myung Mi Kim (P-Queue, 2008), and Bay Poetics (Faux, 2006). She has done grant-supported writing residencies at VSC, Soul Mountain, Ragdale, NY Mills, and Hambidge, and has been a Headlands Center Affiliate Artist. She works as a Life and Professional Coach, and is also currently working on a project aimed at advancing teacher practice for the Center for the Collaborative Classroom.
Maya Weeks is a writer, artist, and geographer from a small town on the central coast of California working on marine debris as capital accumulation, climate change, gender, and logistics. Recent work has been published in or is forthcoming from Canadian Art, Open Space, The Wanderer, The New Inquiry, Blind Field Journal, GUTS Canadian Feminist Magazine, Wolfman New Life Quarterly, and the chapbooks How To Be on the Outside of Every Inside/How to Be Inside Every Outside (these signals press) and Panic Train (Mondo Bummer), among others. Her first book, Myth of the Garbage Patch, considers marine debris simultaneously as a byproduct of an economic system based on patriarchal norms of domination and exploitation via the production of fossil fuel-based products (fossil capitalism) with it as gendered issue that affects primarily people assigned female at birth via poetry, essay, and photography, and is forthcoming from Civil Coping Mechanisms. She holds her BA in Language Studies (Spanish) from the University of California in Santa Cruz and her MFA in Poetry from Mills College and is currently completing her PhD in Geography at the University of California in Davis. When she is not reading, writing, or editing, she is usually surfing or swimming.
Richard Kevin Cartwright is an Oakland playwright, short story writer and soon-to-be novelist. His playwork is mostly set in Oakland and at various decades, particularly after the post-World War II movement of Black people to the Bay Area from the South. He’s written several full-length plays including “The Gilley Room” and “516 Pine Street” about Oakland life, as well as .shorter works , “Mother’s Day and “04.05.1968”. He’s currently developing two long-form plays “The Last Tenor From The Land Majestic” and “The California Hotel” that deal with the musical implications of living under racism. In addition to playwriting, Richard is also developing a volume of short stories entitled “One-Sixteenth of A Panorama” for 2020. Richard participated in the Intersection For The Arts/Kearney Street “Intergenerational Writers Lab” in 2007 and Voices of Our Nation (VONA) in 2013.
Tatiana Luboviski-Acosta is a writer, radical caregiver, casual historian and geographer, and artist. Their work has appeared at Temescal Arts Center, Oakland; Land and Sea Gallery, Oakland; Somarts Cultural Center, San Francisco; Artist’s Television Access, San Francisco; & Human Resources, Los Angeles; and in print/online at Elderly and SFMOMA’s online magazine Open Space; they also fed the Oakland Summer School in 2018. Encompassing visual art, food, performance, and language, their work attempts, as fellow poet Lauren Levin writes, to “include direct revolutionary action, up to and including revolutionary violence, as part of a continuum of care, and their use of this redefinition of care-work to rethink gendered paradigms.” Their first book, The Easy Body (Timeless, Infinite Light, 2017), was a lyric novel that navigated femininity, war, and hell in cyclical time, and was named a 2017 Favorite by Colorlines Magazine. In 2018, they were named the Mazza Writer in Residence at the San Francisco State University’s Poetry Center. Raised on the Eastside of Los Angeles, they live in the Mission District of San Francisco.