Finalists & Winners

The Mill House Residency funds fellowships to The Methow Valley Workshop.

Congratulations to our Winners and Finalists!

2017 Winners: Jane Adair, Henry Alley, Carson Beker, Diane Glazman, and Austin Gray

2017 Finalists: Phoebe McIlwain Bright, Darcy Casey and Katherine Taylor

Jane Adair (previously published as Jane Wampler) has been awarded the Poets & Writers magazine Writer’s Exchange Award as well as a Colorado Council on the Arts Fellowship in poetry.  Her poems, which have been nominated twice for a Pushchart Prize, have appeared, or are forthcoming, in Poetry Northwest, The Missouri Review, The Cimarron Review, Copper Nickel, The Hollins Critic, and other journals. She holds an MFA in Poetry from Vermont College and has taught at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and at The Colorado College.

Henry Alley is a Professor Emeritus of Literature in the Honors College at the University of Oregon.  He has four novels, Through Glass (Iris Press, 1979), The Lattice (Ariadne Press, 1986),  Umbrella of Glass (Breitenbush Books, 1988), and Precincts of Light (Inkwater Press, 2010).  His story collection, The Dahlia Field (Chelsea Station Editions) has just came out this spring.  For nearly fifty years, such journals as Seattle Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, and Webster Review have published his stories.  A selection from The Dahlia Field, “Border Guards,” will appear this year in Best of Gay Stories 2017.

Carson Beker is a queer Turkish American Writer, Playwright, Collaborative/Hybrid Artist, and Storyteller. They will be working on Dead Cat Elegy, Nine Tales of UnDrowning; Spectacular Failure, a hybrid-essay collection, and a collaborative project with Diane Glazman. You can find out more about them at They have two cats, one living and one ghost.

Diane Glazman is an award-winning photographer and writer. Her written work — both fiction and nonfiction — has appeared in numerous publications including VICE LGBTQ, Calyx Journal, the NonBinary Review, Blood + Milk, and sparkle and blink. She holds an MFA in fiction from San Francisco State University. While at SFSU, she was a Student Artist-in-Residence at Recology (aka: the San Francisco Dump), for which she created a gallery show of visual and text-based artwork constructed from recycled and repurposed items brought to the dump’s public disposal area. As a freelance writer, she has written on an eclectic range of topics including LGBTQ issues, sexuality, finance, travel, health, Harley-Davidson motorcycles, Holocaust survivors, and the Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Repository. She lives with her family in the San Francisco Bay Area and is a volunteer with the National Park Service’s Mounted Patrol in the Marin Headlands. Her time in Bend will be spent working on her current novel-in-progress, Ithaka, a contemporary retelling of the Odyssey exploring Penelope’s experiences and reactions after Odysseus returns home, and she will be joined by her Airedales, Oliver and Maggie.

Austin Gray – How does a nice Montana gay boy become the sober, yet character–defect laden guy I see making faces in the mirror? I’ve massed a group of personal essays and poems which explore this question, and the interrelated processes of healing–despite ex-monastery, excessive graduate school, and singing tenor. These works use both memoir and exploration of pertinent behavioral health research, woven into the stories. Organizing this sequence into a coherent book in Bend appeals to me because of the triggering locale. The high desert plains and mountains outside of Great Falls, MT, formed the developmental ecology of my late childhood, adolescence, and early adulthood.

2016 Winners:  Kathy Conde, Debra Crawford, Jenny Ferguson, Tori Malcangio and Evelyn Sharenov

2016 Finalists:  Melissa Chadburn, Brandi Henderson, Fatima Policarpo, and Casey Walker

Kathy Conde writes fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. Her short story, “The Generous Universe,” won the Crab Orchard Review Jack Dyer Fiction Prize 2014. She has won prizes and scholarships from Good Housekeeping, CutThroat: A Journal of the Arts, Writing by Writers, and the Aspen Writers’ Foundation, and has recently been a finalist at Glimmer Train, New Letters, and New Millennium Writings. Her stories and poems have appeared in Atlanta Review, CutThroat, New Poets of the American West, Orbis, Pearl, Pilgrimage, Poetry East, South Dakota Review, Underground Voices,Word Riot, and others. Kathy earned an MFA at Naropa University and is past associate editor for Bombay Gin, Naropa’s literary magazine.

Debra Crawford has been a journalist, editor, and public relations professional for thirty years. From her start as an editor in solar energy research, she’s become the public relations director for an art museum, a private school, and a college, as well as a journalist in Hong Kong. Debbie has written for the World Economic Forum, Bloomberg and Pacific Rim news services, the Japan Times newspaper, numerous Asian magazines, and the editorial pages of The Denver Post. She is co-facilitator of the Glenwood Springs (Colorado) Writers’ Workshop. Her current project is a memoir about her years in Hong Kong, interwoven with her grandmother’s experiences living in China after World War II.

Jenny Ferguson holds a PhD from the University of South Dakota. During the residency, Jenny will be working on a novel set in the border regions (US/Mexico and US/Canada) of near-future North America, chronologically moving back and forth between a time where access to oil is limited and a time where oil–and the world it produced–is almost a memory. Her first novel, BORDER MARKERS, a collection of linked flash fiction narratives is now available from NeWest Press (2016).

Tori Malcangio’s stories can be found or are forthcoming in: the Mississippi Review, Tampa Review, Cream City Review, ZYZZYVA, River Styx, Passages North, Smokelong Quarterly, Pearl Magazine, Literary Mama, The San Diego Reader, and VerbSap, as well as the anthologies: A Year in Ink and The Frozen Moment. She is also the winner of the 2011 Waasmode Fiction Prize, a Pushcart Prize nominee, and an MFA candidate at Bennington College.

Evelyn Sharenov’s stories, essays and poetry have been published in theNew York Times, Glimmer Train, Etude, Mediphors, Fugue, CrossConnect, NYQ, The Bear Deluxe and many other literary journals; she has been short-listed for Best American Short Stories and has received both Oregon Literary Arts and Oregon Arts Commission grants, as well as two Pushcart Prize nominations. She blogs at Psychology Today, reflective essays on working with the mentally ill population in Portland, OR, and her collection, ‘Notes From Bedlam’ is due out in 2014. Her essays, interviews and reviews have appeared in numerous major anthologies, the Oregonian Newspaper, Willamette Week and Bitch Magazine. She is currently writing a novel based in Oregon and infused with magic realism.

2015 Winners:  Kate Axelrod, Julie Comins, Aja Gabel, Jamie Kravitz and Katie MacBride.

2015 Finalists:  Courtney Carlson, Lainie Deschamps, Robert Hill and Homa Mojtabai

Kate Axelrod was born and raised in New York City. She has a B.A. in Creative Writing from Oberlin College and a Masters in Social Work from Columbia University. She lives in Brooklyn and works as an advocate in the criminal justice system. The Law of Loving Others, her debut novel, was published in January 2015. Kate is currently working on a collection of stories.

As a freelance writer, Julie Comins has contributed hundred of articles to a variety of publications in the Rocky Mountain region. She is a longtime contributing editor at Aspen Sojourner magazine and a former executive director of the literary nonprofit Aspen Words, a program of the Aspen Institute. Before becoming an arts administrator and writer, her professional credits included actress, waitress, theatre producer and restaurateur. Originally from Cape Cod, Massachusetts, Julie is working on a memoir about her father. She lives in Basalt, Colorado with her husband and son.

Aja Gabel’s prose has appeared in New England Review, Kenyon Review, Southeast Review, New Ohio Review, and elsewhere. She attended Wesleyan University and has an MFA from the University of Virginia and a PhD in fiction from the University of Houston. During her time at the Mill House Residency, she will be working on her second novel.

For most of her adult life Jamie Kravitz has worked for Aspen Words, a literary program of the Aspen Institute, midwifing writers’ dreams.  In addition to putting on annual writers conferences, organizing a writing residency in Woody Creek, CO, and hosting monthly author readings, Jamie is a Colorado Book Awards judge. She has been working on a novel in 20-minute early-morning increments since last November and will be spending her time in Bend revising and shaping that funky first draft.  Jamie’s writing has appeared in regional publications like The Aspen Times, as well as MotheringSNOW, and Resorts & Great Hotels magazines.

Katie MacBride is a writer living in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her work has appeared in,, The Bold ItalicDrunk Monkeysand Substance.comamong other publications. She has been working on a young adult novel for the past two years and is thrilled to have the opportunity to revise her completed draft at the Mill House Residency. She will be heading to Bend with her trusty companion, Sally, a Chihuahua-Terrier mix who will do everything in her power to encourage Katie to stop writing and take naps. You can read Katie’s work at; she occasionally tweets at @msmacb.