The Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park is pleased to announce that Cameron Gearen is the Foundation’s new Writer-in-Residence. Her appointment will run from June 2017 – June 2019. The Foundation introduced the WIR program in 2012 to support its mission statement, which encourages thoughtful reading and writing.
The Writer-in-Residence holds two primary roles: conducting educational programming and mentoring the winner of the Foundation’s second annual student writing contest for incoming seniors at Oak Park/River Forest High School. The winner of the essay competition receives a $1,000 scholarship which is administered by the Oak Park River Forest High School Scholarship Fund. In addition, the WIR enjoys the opportunity to work in the attic space of Hemingway’s birthplace home, which is specially designed with Hemingwayesque furniture from Thomasville and other inspirational features for writers.
“Hemingway struggled early in his career as many writers do,” says John W. Berry, EHFOP Chairman. “As part of our objective to preserve and build upon his legacy, we develop programs that support emerging writers.”
David W. Berner, the Foundation’s 2015-2017 Writer-in-Residence, will turn over the reins to Gearen at the Foundation’s annual fundraiser on June 17 at the Hemingway Museum in Oak Park. Previously named Writers-in-Residence also include Susan Hahn, 2012-2013, and Annette Gendler, 2014-2015.
* Submitted by Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park.