Deanna Baringer (L; photo by D. Baringer) and Alyssa Velazquez (R; photo by Tereneh Idia)
named City Books Spring 2022 Writers-in-Residence

City Books is pleased to announce Deanna Baringer and Alyssa Velazquez as Writers-in-Residence from February 1-June 30, 2022.

Deanna Baringer’s work has appeared in The Journal for Compressed Creative Arts, FEED, Lily Poetry Review, and elsewhere. Originally from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, she now lives, writes, and works on the Northside in Pittsburgh, PA. Deanna is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University’s Creative Writing Program and is the founder of BatCat Press. She can be found on Twitter at @vardonroad.

Alyssa Velazquez is a cultural historian specializing in the material culture of gender, performance, and women’s studies. She holds an MA in decorative arts, design history, and material culture from the Bard Graduate Center and a BA in history and anthropology from Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland. She has published articles in AutoStraddle, GRLSQUASH, The Establishment, among others.

The writers will receive a $500 stipend, discounts, and curation opportunities at City Books. In addition, Baringer and Velazquez will spend at least 3-5 hours a week writing in the bookstore, and be available on Independent Bookstore Day (April 30) and for media requests.

As the Residency enters its fifth term, City Books received a record number of applicants–nearly double the previous level of interest. We recognize that the desire for a bookstore writing studio exemplifies a need for artistic community when so much of the pandemic forces us to isolate at home. It was hard to select only two writers when this city is full of talented story tellers who are looking for a way to escape COVID isolation. In the end, we chose two writers who we believe are on the verge of seeing themselves as writers and to whom we feel the title of Writer-in-Residence will make the biggest difference in their identity.

For more information about the City Books Writer-in-Residence program, click here.

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