Introduction

YNR offers thinkers, artists, and design-makers opportunities for establishing new connections. It is targeted at authors unknown to the general public considering problems which anyone on earth can apply themselves to and solve. If it’s often people with the wrong pedigrees who find the right solutions, YNR is the place to discover new connective tissue between disciplines by letting…

Setting

In 1987 our Dad bought a small cabin in the woods and held onto it for a decade before redesigning it as the home he called Yefé Nof. After his death in 2012 we wanted to keep the place for sentimental reasons, but the simple fact was that we live elsewhere and we didn’t want to be landlords….

Writers

///Fiction and non-fiction, composers, playwrights, poets, video and filmmakers, visual artists/// A hypothetical Writer applicant scenario: You imagine a world in which medical advances allow doctors to run a shiny wand over patients that scans and reports their medical conditions. In your fiction you describe this technology and the world where this technology lives with…

Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate is self-motivated, outgoing, interested in interdisciplinary work, not inhibited by group think or standards of their field, not afraid to fail, and has a desire to engage in a new culture. This talented candidate is strong in their field but quite possibly without the exposure or experience. He or she is cutting…

Gil Soltz

Discipline/Field: Fiction Writer Based in: Paris, France About: Gil Soltz grew up in San Bernardino, California, went to college at Brandeis University, and later earned his MPA from NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service and his MFA from Warren Wilson. He has interned for the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy, taught EBD special education in…

Ryan Michael Connolly

Discipline/Field: Writer / Filmmaker Based in: Los Angeles, CA About: Ryan Connolly is a new writer and filmmaker who recently left behind a successful two-decade national security career to pursue the great passions of his life. He earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from the U.S. Naval Academy. He later earned an MA in National…

Meredith Martinez

Discipline/Field: Fiction Writer Based in: Mesa, AZ About: Meredith Martinez is a brave new voice in fiction and an accomplished dancer. Since earning her MFA from Warren Wilson she has been adjunct faculty at Mesa Community College and Education Programs Manager at Arizona State University’s Virginia C. Piper Center for Writing. At YNR Meredith will be…

Ruth Nolan

Discipline/Field: Creative Nonfiction Based in: Palm Desert, CA About: Ruth Nolan is author, former seasonal wildland firefighter, and professor of American Indian Literature and creative writing at College of the Desert. She worked for the US Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management on line, engine and helicopter crews fighting fire throughout the Western U.S. As…

William Deverell

Discipline/Field: Fiction Writer Based in: Pasadena, CA About: William Deverell has been Professor of History at the University of Southern California since 2004. He founded and directs the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West. As a California Writing Resident, Bill will finish two short stories that are part of a larger collection-in-progress. Project Title:  “Arraigned” and…

Elline Lipkin

Discipline/Field: Poet Based in: Altadena, CA About: Elline Lipkin is the current Poet Laureate of Altadena and a Research Scholar with UCLA’s Center for the Study of Women. She is actively engaged in teaching and mentoring in literary organizations such as WriteGirl. As a California Writing Resident, Elline will finish her second book of poetry that has been…