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Gell Residency for Writers with Young Children, First Awardees

Writers & Books, the premier independent literary center in Rochester, NY has announced the three award winners for the first Gell Residency for Writers with Young Children — Kevin Clouther from Miller Place, Long Island, NY., Kelli Ford from Richmond, VA, and Patrice Gopo from Charlotte, NC.

Kevin Clouther will work on his novel manuscript Bermuda, while on residency with his wife and two children, ages 3 and 6 at Gell: A Finger Lakes Creative Retreat located south of Rochester in Naples, NY. Kelli Ford will work on her novel-in-stories titled Crooked Hallelujah while on residency with her partner and 3-year-old daughter at Gell: A Finger Lakes Creative Retreat. Patrice Gopo will work on her collection of personal essays that explores the question, “Where do I belong?” while on residency with her family in Rochester. During the day, her 7-year-old daughter will attend Writers & Books Summerwrite program, while her husband and 3-year-old daughter explore all the numerous things to see & do while in Rochester.

The three residency awards will take place between April – August 2017. Dates will be negotiated after acceptance.

Writers & Books promotes reading and writing as lifelong activities for people of all ages, through educational programs, publications, community events and author appearances. For over thirty-five years our programs, held at our Rochester and Finger Lakes facilities, have reached a growing audience of thousands, making us one of the largest and oldest literary organizations in the country. Our programs have received nationwide recognition while inspiring generations of people in Rochester and beyond to make literature a part of their everyday lives.