Sam Silbiger

Sam is a playwright living in Brooklyn. He studied medieval literature at the University of Virginia, and went on to earn a degree in drama and performance studies from NYU. His writing has been presented in venues around New York including The Tank and JACK, and he has collaborated on projects with groups including The Bushwick Starr, Target Margin Theater, Soho Rep, and Women’s Project, where he joined Actors’ Equity as a stage manager. Sam also has a visual arts practice in collage, and loves playing folk instruments (including but not limited to the dulcimer and singing saw). While in Sitka for a residency from July 15-August 13, Sam will work on a new play about the members of a small-town Sacred Harp singing group, learn more about queer community building, and continue working on a play about a gender-questioning six-year-old.


Emily Caris

Emily is a poet living and teaching in New Jersey. She is currently an MFA candidate in Poetry at Rutgers University - Newark where she teaches English Composition. Emily also teaches creative writing and literature on the New England Literature Program in the woods of New Hampshire. For the past several years, she was a teaching artist facilitating poetry workshops inside prisons, juvenile detentions, and jails. In her spare time, she worked as a social worker, basketball coach, and dog nanny in Seattle before taking the plunge and returning to graduate school on the East Coast. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Michigan and was born and raised in Los Angeles. While in Sitka for a residency from July 15-August 13, Emily will be working on a series of poems and essays that explore the relationship between Jewish identity, Holocaust archives, queerness, family, and landscape.


Lila Cherneff

Lila is a multimedia producer. Her work uses interactive mediums to tell stories about education, class, and mental health. Lila was a 2016 fellow with the documentary unit of American Public Media, APM Reports. Her work has been featured on podcasts and media outlets included 99% Invisibile, Unfictional, Narrative.ly, and Educate. Lila is currently a George Osher Scholar at Brown University. While in Sitka for a residency July 15-August 13, she will be working on completing a series of 5 interactive, multimedia stories about landscape and healing. Lila will be leading a workshop on audio storytelling on July 20th from 8:15-9:15pm at the Yaw Art Center on the Sitka Fine Arts Campus.


Anna Dawson

Anna is a graphic designer and art director based in Seattle, Washington. After studying English and art at Whitman College, she moved to New York City where she worked in creative advertising for several years. Since moving back to the Northwest last year, she has worked independently as a designer for a range of both commercial and non-profit clients. She has a particular interest in graphic design and illustration within the editorial field, which will be her focus during her residency in Sitka from July 15-August 13. Anna will be leading a workshop on visual storytelling on July 20th from 7-8pm at the Yaw Art Center on the Sitka Fine Arts Campus.