WRITER IN RESIDENCE

February 1-15, 2023

Erin Langner

Erin Langner writes about art, architecture and identity. She is a regular contributor to Hyperallergic and METROPOLIS magazines. Her writing has also appeared or is forthcoming in publications including december, The Offing, The Normal School, Hobart, and The Brooklyn Rail. She lives in Seattle, Washington with her husband and daughter and works in the exhibitions department at the Frye Art Museum.

Headshot photo by Libby Lewis

Artist Statement

In her creative nonfiction, Erin weaves unexpected subjects together to cast a critical lens on lesser-known aspects of artists and works of art, alongside the parts of her personal history that are similarly unexplored, often uncomfortable, and yet ripe with meaning. Her first essay collection Souvenirs from Paradise (forthcoming from Zone 3 Press, Fall, 2022) bores into the Las Vegas Strip from a consciously female perspective as it confronts the personal histories that drive our impulse to “escape.” During her residency, Erin will work on a new collection of essays that blends art criticism and memoir, in which she filters her experiences growing up in the Midwestern suburbs through her present lens, as an art and architecture critic. Erin spent summers vacationing in Michigan when she was in her early teens and is eager to return for the first time in many years to draw upon the local landscape for inspiration.

Erin will be awarded an additional stipend for childcare needs at her home base while she is in residency. These additional funds are provided by a generous grant from the Sustainable Arts Foundation.

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