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Sandburg Home names 2015 writer-in-residence

Lisa Lopez Snyder Lisa Lopez Snyder

The Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site has named Lisa Lopez Snyder its 2015 Writer-in-Residence, a program that runs April 8-29.

"The Writer-in-Residence program was designed to provide a mechanism to promote national recognition of the site, promote literature and writing, and to nurture partnerships within Western North Carolina and Upstate South Carolina education and arts communities," National Historic Site Superintendent H. Tyrone Brandyburg 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."

An Ohio native, Lisa Lopez Snyder is a writer of fiction and creative nonfiction. Her work has appeared in The Raleigh Review, Foliate Oak, and The Scrambler, among other publications. In 2011 she won The Chattahoochee Review Lamar York Prize for Nonfiction for her essay, "In Transit." Her stories and essays explore the intersections of memory, identity, and culture. 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 currently teaches freshman composition at Dartmouth College.

A welcoming reception in Snyder's honor will be held at 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 10, at the Henderson County Chamber of Commerce. She will share a few selections of her work beginning at 6 p.m. Refreshments will be served and visitors will have an opportunity to visit with and learn more about her. The public is welcome.