2015 Carl Sandburg Writer-in-Residence Announced

Lisa Lopez Snyder, 2015 Carl Sandburg Writer-in-Residence.
Lisa Lopez Snyder, 2015 Carl Sandburg Writer-in-Residence.

Tyrone Brandburg, Superintendent of Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site, and Gregory Brown, President of the Friends of Carl Sandburg at Connemara, have announced that Lisa Lopez Snyder will be the 2015 Carl Sandburg Writer-in-Residence from April 8 to April 29, 2015.

Brandburg said, “Our goals for the program are to provide the community with opportunities to become involved with writers and to provide the writer a work space and accommodation in a National Park. The program provides writers the opportunity to, in the words of Sandburg, ‘…go away by oneself and experience…’ experience the life of Carl Sandburg at Connemara.”

“We are pleased to host and support a writer at Connemara again this year. Ms Snyder is excited about her selection as the 2015 writer, and we are excited about working with her this spring. Her work is in the area of short stories and essays. The writer-in-residence program is one of the high priority programs for the Friends.”

An Ohio native, Snyder is a writer of fiction and creative nonfiction whose work explores the intersections of memory, identity, and culture. Her work has appeared in publications including The Raleigh Review, Foliate Oak, and The Scrambler, and in 2011 she won The Chattahoochee Review Lamar York Prize for Nonfiction with her essay, “In Transit.”

She holds an MFA in fiction from the University of South Carolina, and is currently working on a collection of essays about growing up in Huber Heights, Ohio. She teaches at Dartmouth College.

A free, public reception in Ms. Snyder’s honor will be held Friday, April 10, 5:30-7 p.m., at the Henderson County Chamber of Commerce, at Kanuga Rd. and Church St. in Hendersonville. She will read from her work at 6 p.m. Refreshments will be served and visitors will have an opportunity to visit with and learn more about her.

Ms. Snyder will also appear at the Carl Sandburg Student Poetry Contest Celebration on Friday, April 17, 2015 at 7 p.m. at Blue Ridge Community College, Patton Building, Room 150. The public is welcomed to join in the recognition of the students as they recite their winning poems.

Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site is a unit of the National Park Service, The park is located three miles south of Hendersonville off U.S. 225 on Little River Road, and is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., daily. For further information, please call (828) 693-4178, or visit www.nps.gov/carl