Wednesday Cider

October 6, 2021
Welcome to VCCA's community newsletter focused on keeping Fellows, staff, and supporters connected. Fall is officially here! In honor of the shift in seasons, it's time for our "Wednesday Lemonade" newsletter to dress up as "Wednesday Cider" until springtime.

Today we share news from the kitchen at Mt. San Angelo, where the fall spirit is alive and well. In more highly autumnal news, we invite you to take part in this month's Fall Volunteer Day at Mt. San Angelo and to cozy up around the virtual fireplace in our next livestream event.

Applications for Fall 2022 residencies at Mt. San Angelo opened on the first of the month. Below, we highlight four fully-funded fellowships included in the application. If you know someone who's eligible for these opportunities, please help spread the word before the January 15 deadline.

We also have a November 1 application deadline coming up for VCCA Fellows interested in a residency at the Moulin à Nef in Auvillar France. France is doing a great job of containing the virus with positivity rates much lower than those in the U.S.

As usual, we have messages from Fellows and music from composers to share.
news from france
VCCA Fellows Return
to Le Moulin à Nef
Residency season at VCCA's Moulin à Nef in Auvillar, France, officially started on September 27 with the arrival of Hester Simpson, our first Fellow in residence there since December of 2019!

Hester, a visual artist from New York, NY, says that she feels like a princess! She is definitely a shutterbug, she has been taking beautiful photos of the spectacular Auvillar countryside in all its fall glory.

Eugene Gloria, a writer from Greencastle, IN, arrived on Monday for his second residency at le Moulin à Nef. He was last here in the fall of 2013. It is wonderful to welcome him back!

Pictured: Hester Simpson in her studio.
Artists sits in her studio at VCCA's Moulin a Nef
🔶 Residency space in 2021 is currently available at the Moulin à Nef from October 25 – December 14. We also have residency time available from March 14 December 15, 2022. Residencies begin on a Monday and typically end on a Thursday. Apply by November 1, 2021.

Questions? Please email Resident Director Cheryl Fortier.
now accepting applications
Fall 2022 Residencies at Mt. San Angelo
Writers, visual artists, and composers are invited to apply to Fall 2022 residencies at Mt. San Angelo in Virginia. Residencies will be scheduled between September 1 and December 31, 2022.

The application includes four fully-funded fellowship opportunities for the Fall 2022 scheduling period:

🔶 Alonzo Davis Fellowship for American writers, visual artists, and composers of African or Latin American descent

🔶 Sara Pennypacker Fellowship for composers of music for children

🔶 Steven Petrow LGBTQ Fellowship for writers who self-identify as LGBTQ

fall in the kitchen
Soup and Cider Season
Fall is soup weather, and Director of Dining Services Katy Murray is getting ready to start serving it up to our fall Fellows at Mt. San Angelo!

"I have a Hot Apple Cider Night planned and a week full of Halloween fun coming up at the end of the month!" says Katy. "We are able to feature lots of local products including apples and jams and jellies from Saunders Brothers in neighboring Nelson County."

The dining room is decorated with pumpkins, and our outdoor dining spaces (have you seen the video of our tent raising?) are a great way to enjoy the season.
fall volunteer day
Fall-unteer With VCCA
We're looking for volunteers to join us for some light yard work at Mt. San Angelo later this month. Lunch will be provided!

Date: Saturday, October 23, 2021
Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. ET
Location: VCCA @ Mt. San Angelo
154 San Angelo Dr, Amherst, VA

The words VCCA Fall Volunteer Day overlay a photo of a dog with gazebo and flower garden in the background
vcca fireplace series
Tune in to an Evening of Poetry Around the Virtual Fireplace on October 21
This month, our virtual VCCA Fireplace Series will celebrate two poets who have been recipients of the Richard S. and Julia Louise Reynolds Poetry Fellowship.

Amanda Galvan Huynh was the inaugural recipient of the Reynolds Poetry Fellowship in 2019. She is a Mexican American writer and educator from Texas. She is the author of a chapbook, Songs of Brujería and co-editor of Of Color: Poets’ Ways of Making: An Anthology of Essays on Transformative Poetics.

Patricia Spears Jones, a poet, writer, educator, literary curator, and organizer, completed her residency as a Reynolds Poetry Fellow this summer. She is the author of four full-length poetry collections, most recently A Lucent Fire: New and Selected Poems and five chapbooks.

The Richard S. and Julia Louise Reynolds Poetry Fellowship is a fully-funded, three-week residency for poets (currently accepting applications for Fall 2022).
fellows + friends gathering
Thanks to All Who Gathered in NYC
We loved seeing Fellows and friends in New York City last month!

Many thanks to Fellows Council member, Board member, and writer Christina Chiu for being the mastermind behind this gathering in lovely Riverside Park along the Hudson River.

There was plenty of wine, cider, snacks, and conversation to go around. Plus, we enjoyed an evening of live music from VCCA Fellow J. Walter Hawkes and his band. Thank you, all.
new composer playlist
Announcing our October Playlist
We're honored to feature five composers this month, with a tribute to James Primosch who passed away earlier this year and who just over a year ago was a guest in our virtual Fireplace Series. He is survived by his wife, VCCA Fellow and visual artist Mary Murphy, who will be in residence next year.

  1. James Primosch | Mass for the Day of St. Thomas Didymus
  2. Timothy Kloth | I Look Into the Mirror
  3. David Dominique | Grief
  4. Nolan Stolz | Lincoln Highway Suite: 1. From the Hudson
  5. Octavio Vazquez | Tropos, Violin Concerto
Music submissions are accepted on a rolling basis.
fellow messages
Fellows, please share your news. This is a way to tell the VCCA community about your work. We're always especially interested in stories about work created in connection to your VCCA residency.
Lincoln Michel
"My debut novel, The Body Scout, was released recently and received a rave in the New York Times: 'Timeless and original . . . a wild ride, sad and funny, surreal and intelligent.'"

J. C. Todd
An endorsement from Yusef Komunyakaa: “J. C. Todd’s Beyond Repair is woven of war and aftermath. Survival lives in the blood-wit of each turn in this wrought collection, singing and daring the heart awake. This voice is refined to an edge . . . The speaker grows whole through the act of witnessing. Leaps and associations feel calibrated as the reader finds oneself sizing up the angle of heart and head, becoming part of the accumulative turns — an accord of people, voices, places, times — and we confront what war does to one who has a capacity for grace.”

Book cover for The Sleep of Applies by Ami Sands Brodoff
Ami Sands Brodoff
"My new novel-in-stories, The Sleep of Apples, has launched. Largely written at VCCA, the story centers on nine closely linked characters confronting crises related to mental illness, mortality — sooner, rather than later — and gender identity."

standing invitations
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