Great River Writer’s Retreat Winner Chanell Ruth to Give Reading at Midwest Writing Center Sept. 8

The Midwest Writing Center would like to invite the public to enjoy a free reading by the Great River Writers Retreat contest winner, poet and nonfiction writer Chanell Ruth (Chicago, IL), on Saturday, September 8 at 2:00 p.m. at the MWC offices at the Rock Island Public Library.

The Great River Writers Retreat winner is selected from an applicant pool of writers from Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin across multiple genres, and allows the winner to spend a week working on a specific writing project they have underway.

Chanell Ruth will be spending a week (September 4-10) concentrating on her writing at Benet House in Rock Island, Illinois. She will celebrate his experience in the area and share some of the writing she worked on during the retreat at the reading, which will take place at Midwest Writing Center on the ground floor of the Rock Island Public Library, 401 19th St. Rock Island, IL. Light refreshments will also be served.

The finalists for this year’s Great River Writer’s Retreat are Jane Sadusky (Madison, WI) and Elise Hempel (Charleston, IL).

Bio:

Chanell Ruth is a writer, multi-medium artist and educator. After her year as poet-in-residence (2016-2017), at The Chicago Poetry Center, she joined the faculty at the University of Indianapolis, where she continues to teach English and creative writing in a joint program at Zhejiang Yuexiu University in Shaoxing, China (2017-2019). Her current creative projects include writing a memoir about her year in China and poems about African-American fashion culture and identity, and developing a poetry club at ZYU. While receiving her MFA from Chicago State University, she served as Poetry Editor of Warpland: A Journal of Black Literature and Ideas. Her poems have appeared in the Louisiana English Journal, Reverie, Fingernails Across the Chalkboard: Poetry and Prose on HIV/AIDS from the Black Diaspora, and the stage adaptation of the text.  Her writings on HIV/AIDS continue in Spaces Between Us: Poetry, Prose and Art on HIV/AIDS. Her work has been curated at the Du Sable Museum exhibit The Citizens Picnic: Lynching in America from 1865 to Present.  Her poetry also appears in Mom Egg, Drunken Boat, Lone Star Legacy: African American History in Texas and Tidal Basin Review, as she was the featured Series Poet for the Spring 2012, issue. Chanell is a Hurston/Wright and Callaloo Workshops and Vermont Studio Center Residency alum (2012, 2018). She remains passionate about writing, education and women’s health, spreading her voice in many formats, from a feature on the WGN news, to multiple appearances as a panelist on WYCC’s “The Professors”, participating in Mortified, to a role in an award winning short film. She is excited about the GRWR and plans to complete a chapbook and enjoy the solitude and work with the creative community.

(Photo Credit: Roberto F. Santiago)

The Great River Writer’s Retreat is generously sponsored by Dr. Nicolas Shammas in collaboration with the Midwest Writing Center

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**UPDATE: The Great River Writers Retreat accepts applications from writers currently residing in Minnesota and Wisconsin, in addition to Illinois and Iowa!**

The Great River Writers Retreat winner is selected from an applicant pool of writers from Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin across multiple genres, and allows the winner to spend a week working on a specific writing project they have underway.

2018 Great River Writers’ Retreat Contest

“The week I spent at the Great River Writers’ Retreat was amazing. I got more accomplished during the retreat than I’d dared to hope, completely revising one manuscript and drafting several poems to include in a new one. Whether I was walking the paths of the 90 acres of land behind the monastery, reading in the library overlooking the lake, or writing at my desk in my room, my solitude and work were encouraged and protected. The nuns were kind and hospitable, and I felt very welcome. I am so grateful to the Midwest Writing Center for the gift of this time to reflect and write.” 

2010 Retreat Winner, Ann Hudson

The winning Iowa or Illinois writer will receive a residency from September 4th through 10th, 2018, at the Benet House Retreat Center in Rock Island, Illinois, a travel stipend, and an invitation to read to the literary community of the Quad Cities. The public reading of their original work will take place on September 8, 2018 at the Midwest Writing Center at 2 p.m. 

The application must include the following:
1. Cover page
2. Proof of residence in IL, IA, MN, or WI (photocopy of driver’s license, utility bill, etc.)
3. Resume and/or CV (listing publications and any relevant work experience)
4. Statement describing the project you intend to work on while at Great River Writer’s Retreat
5. 10-page sample of your work (poets: 10 pages of poetry, one poem per page; fiction and nonfiction writers: 10 pages of a short story, essay, novel excerpt or other work, accompanied by a brief synopsis if necessary). The work sample should be taken from writing done within the last 3 years.

**Deadline for submissions is June 1, 2018**

You can pay the application fee today via PayPal 

Great River Writers’ Retreat Reading fee



or pay over the phone with a credit card by calling 309-732-7330

If paying by check, please make payable to: Midwest Writing Center

Applications can be sent via USPS or via email: 

Midwest Writing Center
c/o RIPL
401 19th St. 
Rock Island, IL 61201

mwc@midwestwritingcenter.org 

The Midwest Writing Center is a member of the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP) and follows its contest ethics guidelines.

Generously sponsored by Dr. Nicolas Shammas in collaboration with the Midwest Writing Center

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Past winners of the Great River Writer’s Retreat

2017 Misty Urban

2016 Mary Howard

2015 Keith Lesmeister

2014 Kali VanBaale

2013 Mary Davidsaver

2012 Janice Croom and Angela Narciso Torres

2011 Christiana Langenberg and Robert Manaster

2010 Ann Hudson and Paul Brooke

2009 Jennifer Perrine and Emma Rainey