Carl Sandburg Writer-in-Residence
Welcome 2014 Writer-in-Residence, Adam Bresson.
It was the desire of Mrs. Lilian Sandburg, when her family's North Carolina home became a unit of the National Park Service in 1968, that Connemara continue to be a place of inspiration for future generations of writers. With the support of the Friends of Carl Sandburg at Connemara her idea was first implemented in 2010.
This program offers writers an opportunity to live and work at Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site. The three-week residency commences during March. Housing is offered in an historic cottage near the Sandburg Home, with a studio and stipend provided.
As part of the program, writers will participate in three public programs, the first a welcome reception in their honor which includes a brief presentation describing their work. The second will be an outreach program to an audience of the writer's choice. Writers will also attend the Student Poetry Contest reception honoring young writers in the region. Writers will also donate an original piece of their work to the park's permanent museum collection, writer's will retain a license to publish and use the works for their own purposes.
This program is made possible through support from the Friends of Carl Sandburg at Connemara.
Residents Before 2011
2010 Writer-in-Residence Christina Lovin
Did You Know?
There are over 12,000 books in the Main House. It takes over six YEARS to clean all the books in Carl Sandburg's collection. Cleaning books is a routine task for the museum staff at Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site. The books are cleaned to reduce pests like silverfish from eating these valuable artifacts.