"We are all so different but still it has been one of the most harmonious groups of people I’ve ever found myself being a part of. Each one of them was able to inspire me in some way. "
- Ramona Ring, SPF '15
"It is so generous the investment you have put into this program and, therefore, also into each of us and I promise that the effects of this seven weeks will be felt in my life, art, and career for years to come. Thank you from the bottom of my heart."
- Bessie Young, SFP '13
"This has been a vital turning point in my writing and the most impactful 6 weeks of my life that will undoubtedly stay with me for many more. In the beginning of the program I struggled with my writing, still bogged down by professional pressures, but it was my fellow Felloweses, their work, and the Sitka community that kept me searching. I leave with a full heart, refreshed, and ready to create.”
- Lauren Wimmer, SFP '17
"I was most productive on nights following days where really great, surprising things happened -- like doing a long hike on a whim, or going swimming... There is nothing better that I could have done with my time."
- Ben Seretan, SFP '13
"Had I not done the program, I would've continued working in New York while preparing for grad school. No comparison in terms of the creative growth and experimentation the Sitka Fellows Program allowed."
- Jarrett Moran, SFP '13
"The community was welcoming, and the place was so beautiful. I personally feel like this is a foundational seed of my music career."
- Nate Barnett, SFP '15
"Honestly I don't know what really could be better…"
- Marcus Gruber, SFP '13
"Perhaps most importantly, I also worked amongst a cohort of some of the most inspiring and talented individuals I have ever come across. I learned so much from their unique approaches to their work, their thoughtfulness and openness to my ideas and each other’s."
- Christian Ervin, SFP '13
"Over 400 pages of writing, one finished rough draft of a full-length play, one finished short play, and one delicious tome-length mess of a play, many more pages of ideas for further projects across multiple mediums (novel, screenplay, sitcom, etc.), the reinvigoration of my writing muscle... In terms of professional development, I could not have chosen a more perfect way to spend the summer. And I will be recommending this to everyone I know. Thank you, thank you, thank you for this."
- Sarah DeLappe, SFP '13
"In a greater sense, I confirmed that writing--something that I've never had a chance to pursue full-time--is what I want to continue doing. And it was so helpful to be continually immersed in my project. Outside of Sitka l feel like writing is equivalent to spotty radio reception. I'll have days when I'm totally tuned in and days of total static and failure. I had days of failure here, but instead of feeling like it was a break in the creative chain, I felt like it was part of a larger creative process."
- Zoe Ballering, SFP '13
"I learned a bit about my art-making practice and a lot about the power of being kind, outgoing, and open to all sorts of people in my immediate and extended communities. It leads to adventure!"
- MJ Robinson, SFP '14
"I was most productive in the hours when I got up early in the morning before everyone else and was able to get to work fast. Many things really came together for me at the end of the fellowship--that last week was huge. Problems that I had been wrestling with for weeks suddenly started to resolve themselves, and new writing came from places I was not expecting."
- Cathryn Klusmeier, SFP '14
"In the form of concrete work I completed all the necessary calculations that form the basis of a new theory of the gravitational dynamics of compact objects. In physical terms, I probably completed roughly 40-50 pages of calculations (after editing)... Best thing I could have done. Don't doubt that for a second. Probably the most productive, the most interesting, and the most fulfilling. I had an incredible time and have fallen deeply in love with Sitka. Who doesn't?."
- Solomon Endlich, SFP '14
"In my time as a resident at the Sitka Fellows Program, I wrote an entire album worth of songs, over 200 poems, the first act of a play, deepened my study of the tarot immensely, and was able to gain a far greater understanding of my artistic process in action than I ever had before."
- Richard Aufrichtig, SFP '14
"During the Sitka Fellows program I was able to experiment with and shift my normal artistic practice, which resulted in much different work that I had been making previously. It granted me the time and space to feel free to follow different curiosities brought on by my new surroundings and a fantastic landscape. My work shifted from more studio based practice, to creating and working within the landscape. In doing so I accomplished a goal set for myself to break down my old habits in order to discover new potentials in my work... I found Sitka to be filled with so many open, warm and willing people that wanted to help in any way they could... I thought it was truly amazing how varied all of our backgrounds / disciplines were and how amazingly well we all hit it off. It truly felt like a family. I don’t know how it could be improved!”
- Rachel Baxter, SFP '14