Writer wanted at Hemingway birth home in Oak Park

Ernest Hemingway Foundation launches writer-in residence program


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By Anna Lothson

Staff Reporter

Many writers have been inspired by Ernest Hemingway. Now the foundation created in his name is looking to inspire anther writer by giving him or her the chance to work in the attic of Hemingway's Birth Home.

The Ernest Hemingway Foundation has announced a writer-in-residence program on its website, offering bits of information as to why a writer might want to work in the upper portion of the old Victorian home on Oak Park Avenue. They've guaranteed two things: space and inspiration.

John Berry, president of the foundation said a similar program existed previously, with novelist Bill Hazelgrove, but in much simpler form. The attic was previously bare bones and a less than desirable place to work. Now, the dusty storage space has been transformed into a functional furnished office suitable for a writer looking for a quiet space with a connection to history. A schematic drawing of the room shows a desk, two lamps, an armchair and ottoman. According to a press release, the room is furnished with pieces from the Thomasville of Oak Brook Hemingway Collection. A photo also shows an antique typewriter.

"It's a good, creative environment," Berry said. "We think it's going to be very attractive."

The writer will be given use of the space free (during business hours) in exchange for providing cultural programming throughout the year on a quarterly basis. This may take the form of lectures, workshops, presentations, or other programs that will be worked out between the chosen applicant and the foundation.

An extensive process ensured that the furniture in the spruced-up space matched the historical period of the house. The design also includes pieces from the foundation's Hemingway collection.

"That's all coming together," Berry said. "Now we begin the search for a writer to put in the space. We're excited about it."

To learn more about the program, or to download an application, visit www.ehfop.org.

Email: anna@oakpark.com Twitter: @AnnaLothson

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Lynn from Oak Park  

Posted: March 10th, 2013 12:05 PM

Lori why not check your facts before you post a nasty comment. Ernest Hemingway was born in 1899 in an upstairs bedroom in the house and lived there for much longer than you state,. Know your facts before you post - beside it is a nice quiet space and the Hemingway connection is really inspirational in my opinion.

Lori M  

Posted: March 8th, 2013 11:15 PM

He lived here for from birth till he was less than 2 years old - how inspirational is that?

JH from Oak Park  

Posted: March 8th, 2013 9:59 AM

How wonderful!! Wish the program much success.


Posted: March 8th, 2013 6:31 AM

What a great idea!

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