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Summer Resident Gwen Van Velsor: Shells for a Hermit

Gwen Van Velsor was our fourth and final writer of the summer 2018 cohort to participate in our local residency program at Northern Virginia's Woodlawn & Pope-Leighey House and Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food and Agriculture. Our summer writers-in-residence focus their weeks on-site exploring ways to rediscover and repurpose place and place histories, and use writing as a means to build community, to bring awareness to critical social and environmental issues, and as a creative force of empowerment. In the essay below, Gwen dips into the realities of shifting time and place, physically and mentally. She explores what it means to get from here to there, and offers this specific place, Woo

Summer Resident Andy Tran: for Hanson

Andy Tran is the third of four writers in the 2018 cohort of our local residency program at Northern Virginia's Woodlawn & Pope-Leighey House and Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food and Agriculture. Our summer writers-in-residence focus their weeks on-site exploring ways to rediscover and repurpose place and place histories, and use writing as a means to build community, to bring awareness to critical social and environmental issues, and as a creative force of empowerment. In the prose poem below, Andy shares part of the story of what and who he encountered during his week at Woodlawn. You can read more about Andy and his fellow residents here. for Hanson by Andy Tran Black bodies buried ben

Summer Resident Whitney Pipkin: The beauty of the heavy things

Whitney Pipkin is the second of four writers in the 2018 cohort of our local residency program at Northern Virginia's Woodlawn & Pope-Leighey House and Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food and Agriculture. Our summer writers-in-residence focus their weeks on site to explore ways to rediscover and repurpose place by using writing as a means to build community, to bring awareness to critical social and environmental issues, and as a creative force of empowerment. By way of this post, Whitney shares a glimpse into her week at Woodlawn. Read more about Whitney and her fellow residents here. The beauty of the heavy things by Whitney Pipkin The rain has barely quieted its rat-a-tat-tat as I exit th

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