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In their words
—CHEN CHEN (’14)
—RACHEL FRIEDMAN, WRITER (NYC)
“Before Saltonstall, I considered myself a small poet. After the residency, where I had space to commit to meditation and to the work of the writer, I understood myself as Author. I may have gotten lost many times on the trails around the property, but what I found transformed my sense of the writer within me, and it renewed my belief in words. I fell in love with the sentence again, even in its fragmentation. Especially the fragment. And I felt brave, in a way that I had not felt in years.”
—SARAH JEFFERIS (’14)
“I can’t thank you enough for the amazing experience I had this month at Saltonstall. I feel like I’ve gotten a lot of work done, both in completing my Treece project and jumpstarting something new. The month there was incredibly invaluable.”
—DINA KANTOR (’13)
—SUSAN MOREHOUSE, WRITER (ALFRED)
“From the moment I arrived at Saltonstall, I felt like I could just focus on my work in a way that I have rarely experienced. It was an extraordinary experience, and I left not only with a new body of work, but with a whole year’s worth of ideas and research.”
—LAUREN FEREBEE (’14)
“I enjoyed a perfect storm at Saltonstall this past September. It’s the convergence of so many ideal circumstances: hours of solitude in a spacious studio; exceptional food; a gracious and remarkable group of fellow artists; and a real sense of caring that makes Saltonstall feel like home—without the distractions. I’ve gotten good work done elsewhere, but Saltonstall is unique.”
—JONATHAN BLUNK (’12)
“I still don’t know how I came to receive such a gift as this. Like other residencies, Saltonstall offers open time to set into your own creative pace… But unique to Saltonstall is an especial quiet and spaciousness. The small and devoted staff made it possible for us to work, eat, sleep, and relax as if there was absolutely nothing else the world could ask of us.”
—ANNIE JACOBS (’12)
“I can’t thank you enough for the opportunity to be a resident at Saltonstall during ICSD’s spring break this year. It is not often that my lives as a school-based OT and as a fiction writer can come together, and my job and role as a mother leave very little time and peace for writing. Thank you for giving me both.”
—ANGELINA MIRABELLA, TEACHER/WRITER (ITHACA)
“I just thought of you because the short story I worked on during my residency last year was published this week, and I wanted to express gratitude for the Saltonstall stay, since the piece would not have come into existence otherwise.”