Chicago Writer Chosen for First Gunter Hotel Winter Writing Residency

Dec 19, 2018 10:55 AM

Chicago writer Sandi Wisenberg has been awarded the inaugural Gunter Hotel Winter Writing Residency, a one-month writing retreat in Frostburg, Md., sponsored by the Frostburg State University Center for Literary Arts and the Gunter Hotel.

Wisenberg is creative nonfiction editor of Another Chicago Magazine. She has published fiction and nonfiction in The New Yorker, Tikkun, North American Review and many anthologies, including “The Pushcart Prize XXI” and “Nice Jewish Girls: Growing Up in America.” Her published books include the nonfiction chronicle, “The Adventures of Cancer Bitch,” and prose collections “Holocaust Girls: History, Memory and Other Obsessions” and “The Sweetheart Is In.”

The purpose of the residency is to provide sustained writing time for a writer of fiction, poetry or creative nonfiction. While in Frostburg from Jan. 15 to Feb. 15, Wisenberg will give a public reading, speak at a Saturday morning Coffee With the Writer event and make two campus visits.

The Gunter Hotel, recently purchased by Donny and Kristin Carter, has generously agreed to donate accommodation to the visiting writer for one month. The Gunter Hotel is a landmark 19th-century hotel on Main Street in Frostburg, built in 1896.

Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 12 institutions of the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland. For more information, visit the  Frostburg State web site or the FSU Facebook page. Follow FSU on Twitter @frostburgstate.