John E. Nance Writer-in-Residence
Thurber House is pleased to announce Katrina Kittle as the John E. Nance Writer-in-Residence for Fall 2013.
Katrina is a resident of Dayton, Ohio and a graduate of Ohio University. She is the author of Traveling Light, Two Truths and a Lie, The Kindness of Strangers, and The Blessings of the Animals. The Kindness of Strangers was a BookSense pick and the winner of the 2006 Great Lakes Book Award for Fiction. The Blessings of the Animals was an Indie Next pick (August 2010), a Midwest Connections pick (September 2010), and chosen by the Women’s National Book Association as one of ten Great Group Reads for National Book Group Month (October 2010). Her first middle-grade novel, Reasons to Be Happy, was published in 2011. She taught high school English and theater for five years, and middle school English and theater for six years. Katrina also visited Thurber House several years ago as a featured author at a Summer Literary Picnic!
Katrina (and her cat) will arrive at Thurber House in late September and stay for four weeks. She will spend her time working on her latest project in Thurber House's third floor apartment, as well as participating in Thurber House classes and events and exploring Columbus.
The John E. Nance Writer-in-Residence at Thurber House is dedicated by his wife, Sally Crane, to the memory of the late photojournalist and author who was a critically acclaimed Associated Press photographer and journalist. AP Bureau Chief in the Philippines, Nance wrote The Gentle Tasaday about a primitive tribe in the Philippines as well as Lobo of the Tasaday, a Horn Book Award Honor Book. Nance was a Thurber House writer-in-residence twice, in 1995 and 1998.
An annual residency of four weeks, the Writer-in-Residence program is designed to provide a writer with the gift of time to develop a work-in-progress. The residency is a two-bedroom apartment in the Columbus, Ohio historic home of author and New Yorker cartoonist, James Thurber. The residency focuses on a specific genre. For 2013, the genre is fiction.