Lannan Residency Program
With no expectation to be anywhere and no interruptions caused by the usual responsibilities in my everyday life, I was afforded the time, the space and the quiet to just think. The ability to think freely and fully was critical to my writing process and it has made my writing better. The other element for good writing, in my experience, is also about the connection to community and those who will debate, discuss, contest, and challenge your ideas in the spirit of making them better. This may have been the biggest surprise during my time in Marfa—the connection with a remarkable community of people…
— Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor
I really thought the poem was finished before I arrived. But sitting on the porch of [the residency house] each and every morning and staring straight across at the Chihuahua Mountains for five days and five nights, listening to coyote, wolf and javelina, taught me that it was not finished. I needed the starlight and the moonlight and the Marfa light to show me what was missing. At the end of the first five days the poem was resubmitted with changes completely provided by the quality of an entirely different kind of concentration and focus delivered to me instantly upon arrival in Marfa.
— Nikky Finney
The Lannan Residency Fellowship provides uninterrupted writing time for poets, writers, essayists, translators, scholars, curators, as well as indigenous, environmental and social justice activists. Residency durations are usually from four to six weeks.
Since the fall of 2000, more than 250 residency fellows have been housed in Lannan properties in Marfa, Texas, a small, beautiful, high desert ranching town in West Texas near the Chinati Mountains to the southwest and the Davis Mountains to the northeast. Marfa is also home to the internationally known Chinati Foundation, a contemporary art organization founded by the late sculptor, Donald Judd.
Candidates for the residency program are selected through an internal nomination process. Unsolicited applications are not accepted.