Jane Hoppen Residency
The Jane Hoppen Residency offers 24x7 access to both the Union Square and Williamsburg locations for six continuous months. Applicants should be writers of any genre who identify as LGBTQ+ and produce writing that challenges social norms and expectations regarding sexuality, gender, race, and/or class.
Become a Jane Hoppen Resident: check back in January 2020 for details of next residency
CURRENT JANE HOPPEN RESIDENTS
Mariam Bazeed is a nonbinary Egyptian immigrant, writer, and performance artist living in a rent-stabilized apartment in Brooklyn. An alliteration-leaning writer of prose, poetry, plays, and personal essays, Mariam received an MFA in Fiction from Hunter College in 2018. Their work has been supported by fellowships from the Asian American Writers Workshop, the Center for Fiction, the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics at NYU, the Lambda Literary Foundation, and Trans Lab; and with residencies from Hedgebrook, Marble House Project, the Millay Colony, and the Kimmel Nelson Harding Center for the Arts. Mariam's first play, Peace Camp Org—available in anthology from Oberon Books, UK—has been presented at La Mama Theater, NYC (2017) in the Squirts Festival of Queer Performance Art; the Arcola Theatre, London (2018), in its inaugural festival of International Queer Playwrights; and The Wild Project, NYC (2018), in the Fresh Fruit Festival, where it won the festival's Spirit Award.
To procrastinate from facing the blank face of their novel in progress, Mariam curates and runs a monthly(ish) world-music salon and open mic in Brooklyn, and is a slow student of Arabic music.
Lexie Bean is a queer and trans multimedia artist from the Midwest whose work revolves around themes of bodies, homes, cyclical violence, and LGBTQIA+ identity. Lexie’s writing has been featured in Teen Vogue, Huffington Post, The Feminist Wire, Ms. Magazine, Bitch Magazine, Them, Logo’s New Now Next, Bust Magazine, Autostraddle, and more. They have also performed, curated, and facilitated around the world. Their most recent anthology, Written on the Body, with/for fellow trans and non-binary survivors of sexual abuse and domestic violence was nominated for a 2019 Lambda Literary Award. In May 2020, their debut middle grade novel, The Ship We Built, will come out with Dial Books for Young Readers at Penguin Random House. This fall, they are working on their feature length screenplay adaption of the novel, as well as a television pilot and another book in its early stages.
JANE HOPPEN FINALISTS
Heather Radke writes for The Believer, The White Review, Longreads, The Paris Review, and other publications. Her first book is forthcoming from Avid Reader.
Andrew Rincón is Queer Colombian playwright based in NYC. His plays have been developed with the Amoralists Theatre Company, Amios, Austin Latino New Play Festival, Out Front Productions (Atlanta) and PFP Productions (Seattle). He was a member of INKtank for Playwrights of Color (2017) and the 2017 Fornés Playwriting Workshop. He is the winner of the 2018 Chesley/Bumbalo Grant for writers of Gay and Lesbian Theatre. He is a Dramatist Guild Fellow 2019-2020 and a company member of Unit 52 at INTAR.
His play I Wanna Fuck like Romeo and Juliet is the winner of New Light Theatre Project's "New Light New Voices Award" (2019) and will receive its New York stage premiere in Spring of 2020.
Angela Chen is a senior editor at MIT Technology Review. Her
reporting and criticism have already appeared in The Wall Street
Journal, The Atlantic, The Guardian, Paris Review, Lapham's Quarterly, and more. Her first book, ACE: How Misunderstanding Asexuality Shapes Our Culture, is forthcoming from Beacon.
ABOUT JANE HOPPEN
Longtime Paragraph member Jane Hoppen was an exceptional writer, colleague, friend, and mentor who wrote at the space every morning without fail. Her decency and dedication had a profound effect on every writer she encountered. Jane challenged traditional notions of sexuality and gender throughout her work. We believe she would have wanted to support emerging writers by providing them a safe and comforting place in which to write. Therefore, we seek emerging writers who exemplify Jane’s values in order to honor her life, work, and contribution to the Paragraph community.
Jane Hoppen’s fiction appeared in various literary magazines, including Story Quarterly, Feminist Studies, Room of One’s Own, The Dirty Goat, PANK, Western Humanities Review, Gertrude Journal, Platte Valley Review, and Superstition Review. Her first novel, In Between, was published by Bold Strokes Books in December 2013 and was a finalist in the Lambda Literary Awards for an LGBT Debut Novel and a winner of the Golden Crown Literary Society Awards for Debut Fiction. Her novella, The Man Who Was Not, was published by Bold Strokes Books in June 2014. Her second novel, The Northwoods, was published in 2018. She lived in Brooklyn.
Her books are available here: http://www.janehoppen.com/bold-strokes-books.html
Summer MFA Residency
Open to writers actively enrolled in certain MFA programs in NYC*, the summer MFA residency gives six writers full-time access to Paragraph Union Square and Brooklyn. (Note: if you're actively enrolled in an MFA program, we'll waive the initiation fee for new memberships.)
Become an MFA Summer Resident: check back in April for Summer 2020 Residency
SUMMER 2019 RESIDENTS
Zabe Bent is a Jamaican-born New Yorker writing speculative fiction and migration stories. She is pursuing an MFA at The New School.
Diehl Edwards is a writer and stone mason living in Red Hook, Brooklyn, currently at work on a memoir about his childhood growing up in rural northern Appalachia. He is pursuing his MFA at Hunter College.
Danise Malqui is a Peruvian-American writer based in Brooklyn. Danise is earning an MFA in Fiction from Brooklyn College and is working on a novel and a short story collection related to women and spirituality, one set in contemporary Peru and the other in ancient India.
* Hunter, City College, Brooklyn College, The New School, Columbia & NYU