Residency Dates: May 14, 2023 - June 03, 2023
Application Deadline: December 04, 2022

Rone Shavers is a Pabst Endowed Chair for Master Writers

Rone Shavers is the author of the experimental Afrofuturist novel Silverfish (Clash Books), which was a top-10 finalist for the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses’ 2021 Firecracker Award in Fiction. He is also co-editor, along with Joseph Tabbi, of Paper Empire: William Gaddis and the World System. Shavers’ non-fiction essays and essay-length reviews have appeared in American Book Review, BOMB, Electronic Book Review, Fiction Writers Review, Kenyon Review, and The Quarterly Conversation. His fiction and hybrid-genre creative works have appeared in Another Chicago Magazine, Big Other, Black Warrior Review, Identity Theory, PANK, and Vestal Review, among other places. A hybrid prose chapbook, titled Ten Cronicas, was recently published by The Magnificent Field press. Shavers’ honors include two Pushcart Prize nominations and a “Best of the Net” nomination, as well as Artist-in-Residence fellowships to the Dora Maar House in Ménerbes, France; MacDowell; the Ragdale Arts Foundation; the Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts; the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts; and Vermont Studio Center.

Shavers teaches courses in fiction and contemporary literature at The College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York, where he is Associate Professor of English. An instructor with over 15 years of experience, he has also led craft and writing workshops at Bard College, the New England Young Writers Conference at Bread Loaf, Northwestern University, and the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is fiction and hybrid genre editor at Obsidian: Literature and Arts in the African Diaspora, and a former Contributing Editor to BOMB magazine. To learn more about him, visit

Residency Statement:

Ours will be a residency for writers already hard at work on a project, but who currently feel creatively stifled or somewhat “stuck” in terms of how to proceed. Residency participants should be prepared to break away from any preconceived or prescriptive notions about how to write, and instead be willing to engage with informed, constructive feedback that will likely take their work in wildly new, creative directions. In order to make your time at ACA as aesthetically enriching and productive as possible, not only will I meet with each of you individually, but we’ll also spend our collective time together plumbing the depths of form and content, experimentation, and literary tradition, so that the work you generate will be bold, exciting, and uniquely your own.

Application Requirements:

-Submit a writing sample of approximately 10-12 pages

-Either a 250-word bio or a creative CV/resume

-A personal statement of up to 300 words describing your literary influences and aspirations, as well as what you hope to achieve during the residency.

Residency Fee:

Waived for this Residency (Includes weekday meals and housing; does not include artist materials, transportation, or weekend meals.)

For details, please visit the Mentoring Artist details page.

Application fee: $25 Click here to Apply!

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