Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Hill House Alumni Update

The Hill House Artist Residency program supports talented emerging songwriters, writers at all stages of their career and non-studio artists with a two to four week stay in a secluded log cabin near East Jordan, Michigan. Artists are provided the time and space to create new work.
Below is a quick update on what some of our past residents have been up to:

Christa Couture
Emerging Musician Alum
September/October 2011
After a spring highlighted by debut tours of Germany, the UK and the Netherlands and top ratings from the British music press, Christa Couture is back on home turf in Canada this fall, following up last autumn’s extremely successful launch tour for The Living Record. The Living Record is a one-of-a-kind album overflowing with a colossal range of tempos and textures, giving voice to the immense spectrum of emotions one experiences while soldiering on through grief.
Learn more at her website:

Esteban del Valle
New York
Non-Studio Artist Alum
August 2010
Esteban will be giving an artist lecture in Grand Rapids at the Kendall College of Art and Design tonight,  November 20th. He will be speaking about his recent film project Viable Option, which is showing, along with one of his paintings, at their gallery.

Brandon and Bethany Foote
Gifts or Creatures
Emerging Musician Alums
August 2011
Gifts or Creatures completed a western tour in August, released their new album in September, and have had, “an incredible run of album release events over the last few months!” Their new album, Yesteryear Western Darkness, is now available from Earthwork MusiciTunes, and CDBaby.

Alec Hershman
Writer Alum
August 2013
This year, Alec was poet-in-residence for a week at Ananda College in Nevada City, California; he received an artist support grant from the St. Louis Regional Arts Commission, and his chapbook manuscript The Egg Goes Under was a finalist for the DIAGRAM/New Michigan Press chapbook contest. New poems appeared or are forthcoming in The Laurel ReviewCerise PressCream City Review,The American Poetry Journal, Fifth Wednesday Journal, The Pinch, The Fiddlehead, Blue Mesa Review, The Drunken Boat, Thrush, and Qwerty. His new poetry website

Loren Nosan
Non-Studio Artist Alum
January/February 2013
Loren is living in Philadelphia and attending a post-baccalaureate program at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Next year she hopes to begin working towards her MFA.

Wendy Spitzer
Felix Obelix
North Carolina
Emerging Musician Alum
January 2013
The video for Every Narrow Burrow Widens, Track #10 from the upcoming Felix Obelix album was shot during Wendy Spitzer's Hill House residency last January. The Ringtone Album was released early this month (and currently charting at the #4 spot on WXDU). You can get a physical CD or digital copy at the Felix Obelix Bandcamp page. 

E.B. Vandiver
North Carolina
Writer Alum
June/July 2011
E.B. Vandiver has had the following stories published since her residency: "Forcing Bowl" in The Kenyon Review in summer 2011, "Safelight" in Ninth Letter in fall/winter 2011/2012, "Limn" in CutBank in spring of 2013. Her story "Lacuna" is forthcoming in the winter issue of The Georgia Review

Special thanks to the Begonia Charitable Foundation for supporting the Hill House.

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