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When my baby daughter was born, I remember being quite intent on trying to figure out how I was going to maintain my writing practice (I had a few projects still on the burner). Pre-baby, my relationship to time was one of relative control (luxurious chunks of 6 hours on weekend mornings; 2-3 hours during a typical teaching day). I sought out other mothers who were also artists, and… more »

Autumn is one of the most beautiful times at Millay. The Colony is happily ensconced in the foothills of the Berkshires and this provides such fecund inspiration for all of our artists. September is one of the months we offer a few two-week spots, so we are extra buzzing with rezzies! As so often is the case here, the groups grow close and cross-pollinate each other's projects via conversations… more »

The black raspberries are just beginning to ripen, the hummingbirds are buzzing the meadows, and the Black-eyed Susans are in full burst. Yes - it's Summer at Millay! Our August residents have become a tight group, and we love to see the bonds and conversations that form each month. Every group is different, of course, but what remains constant is the Millay magic that casts its spell on the… more »

July began with a bang up weekend filled with alums who scored lucky spots in our raffle to get out of dodge. We had a full house! The weather cooperated and the studios were buzzing with making. We love housing writers, artists, composers of all stripes and are so excited about our new alum weekends. Our Millay family grows every year, but we really do love to foster our… more »

June is blooming at Millay! Our fields are flourishing, yes, but so are our residents, upcoming parties, and workshops. First we want to congratulate Charif Shanahan on receiving the Cave Canem Residency for the second season this year. Recognizing the crucial need to proactively create spaces for African American poets, The Millay Colony has been proud to honor the amazing work Cave Canem does in the world with a dedicated residency for… more »

Our second month of the 2016 residency season is nearly finished and already the time has been incredibly fruitful. The pastoral surrounds provide the obvious metaphor, but truly the budding trees and peeping bogs fill the fields and studios with bursting life. It's easy to be inspired here. Just ask our May residents: Ching Chu-Hu, Composing, Newark OH Shira Erlichman, Poetry, Brooklyn, NY Toru Hayashi, Visual Arts, NY, NY Colleen… more »

April was off to a snowy but beautiful start with our fist batch of 2016 residents making their nests in our Austerlitz studios. So much has been happening here - it's been such a hive of making! (more…) more »

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