2021 Residents

Monica Rico

In residence: January 8 – 22, 2021

Monica Rico is a second generation Mexican-American who grew up in Saginaw, Michigan alongside General Motors and the legend of Theodore Roethke. She is an MFA candidate at the University of Michigan’s Helen Zell Writers’ Program and works for the Bear River Writers’ Conference. Her poems have appeared in Anomaly, Pleiades, Black Warrior Review, BOAAT, Glass: A Journal of Poetry (Poets Resist), and Split this Rock. She is a CantoMundo Fellow and Macondista.

She is currently working on her first full-length poetry collection, PINION, a magical realist history of Mexican migration to Michigan and its impact on the building of the General Motors empire. This collection focuses on family history, the roles of women, and intergenerational trauma.

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Jen Breach

In residence: January 29 – February 12, 2021

Jen Breach was born and raised in rural Australia, she currently lives and writes in Boston, Massachusetts. She is the author of CLEM HETHERINGTON AND THE IRONWOOD RACE and SOMETHING’S AMISS AT THE ZOO as well as numerous short comics and essays anthologized in EXPLORER and elsewhere. She is a candidate for an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from the Vermont College of Fine Arts, focusing on picture book poetry and non-fiction. Jen believes that stories about social justice, inclusion and empathy make us and the world better…along with a good dash of mischief.

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Scott Dorsch

In residence: February 19 – March 5, 2021

Scott Dorsch was born in Georgia, raised in Michigan. He is an M.F.A. Creative Writing candidate and Writing in the Wild Fellow at the University of Idaho. His fiction has appeared in The Midwestern Gothic. Beyond writing, he is a gardener, musician, and certified wildlife tracker with a rock-climbing obsession. He currently serves as the Fiction Editor for Fugue Literary Journal.

At Good Hart, Scott will continue working on his novel based on his short story, “Holes or Tunnels,” published in the Midwestern Gothic in the summer of 2018. Set in the dunes and shoreline of Lake Michigan, the novel follows a reluctant Park Ranger who gets wrapped up in a missing-persons case connected to the mysterious appearance of “bottomless” holes in the park’s vast dune system. With themes of loss, solastagia, and survival, his novel works to make visible the threads that connect humans to wilderness and to each other. He’s very much looking forward to having the time and head-space to continue his work on the novel and to be re-inspired by the dunes, woodlands, and communities of Northern Michigan.

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Steph Sorensen

In residence: March 12 – 26, 2021

Parent Writer

Steph Sorensen (she/her) is a feminist writer mom. She earned her MFA in fiction from the University of Pittsburgh in 2007. She has participated in several invited readings of her poetry, at the Prague International Writers Festival, the Connecticut Poetry Festival, the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival Night of Fresh Voices, and others. She was awarded a scholarship to attend the Writing the Unreal retreat at the Highlights Foundation where she worked on revising a young adult novel manuscript. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Barrelhouse, Mississippi Review, Matchbook and 3Elements Review. She lives with her family in Pittsburgh, PA.

Steph splits her time between parenting her very energetic six-year-old, writing novels for young adults, and writing poetry and short stories for grownups. She is currently at work on a collection of short form writing consisting of poetry, prose poems and flash fiction, as well as work that blurs the boundaries between those genres. This collection will explore themes of motherhood, womanhood, identity and erasure. She enjoys employing aspects of speculative writing and magical realism as metaphor, and experimenting with form and structure. She is incredibly grateful to have been granted this residency for its generous two weeks of solitude and unbroken focus on writing, and intends to use this time to continue drafting and revision for this intra-genre short forms collection.

Follow Steph on Twitter and Instagram: @phenompen

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