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…

Jonelle Strickland

Discipline/Field: Fiction Writer Based in: Orange, CA About: Jonelle Strickland is a determined talent and mother of two toddlers with ferocious commitment to craft and philosophical issues that cover a range of individual and societal questions. Along her journey for growth as an author, which includes earning an MFA, entering competitions, and attending conferences, she…

Yodassa Williams

Discipline/Field: Memoir Based in: Oakland, CA About: Yodassa Williams is a writer/performer and business owner who has a rare talent for presenting stories that evoke the human potential to transcend circumstances. Since experiencing her own life-changing transformations she has connected with audiences around the Bay Area to increase their empathy for suffering. As a fashion…

Amber Flame

Discipline/Field: Poetry Based in: The Bay Area (CA) About: Originally from Seattle, WA, Amber is a poet with magical reach, impressive accolades and a full-length collection of poetry to her credit. At YNR, Flame will finish a non-gendered love story of Biblical proportions, executing the final research and honoring the various languages being interwoven with her…

Amanda Kim

Discipline/Field: Experimental Fiction Based in: San Francisco Bay Area About: Amanda Kim is a fourth-generation Californian whose literary transgressions are dedicated to telling truthful, complex stories that inspire different ways of being and thinking. Her family has been farming in Southern California since the 1890s. She is a graduate of Brown University and the MFA program…

James Sie

Discipline/Field: Fiction Based in: Los Angeles About: James Sie is the author of Still Life Las Vegas (St. Martin’s Press, 2015), his debut novel about a boy growing behind the neon of Las Vegas, told in prose, sketch, and narrative art.  He is also a playwright and essayist and can currently be heard as a…

Chris Daley

Discipline/Field: Fiction Based in: Los Angeles About: Chris Daley is the Director of Writing Workshops Los Angeles and she also teaches at the California Institute of Technology. She received her Ph.D. in English from the City University of New York Graduate Center where she wrote her dissertation on Los Angeles literature and alternative religion. As a California Writing…

Researchers

///Humanities, natural science, social science and other academic and non-academic disciplines/// A hypothetical Researcher applicant scenario: Your research brings knowledge and discoveries that are converging around cloud technology, data gathering, and smart sensor systems. You are familiar with the incisive and entertaining fiction of a considerable talent and you are aware that it is being…

#FinalStage

Click through The Dialogue to see how residents can transform their projects at YNR. The Yefe Nof Residency is designed as an opportunity to cross-fertilize intelligent ideas in a system less reliant on market forces. Residents are granted between two and six weeks to complete the final stage of their work as part of an ongoing narrative addressing civilization’s most pressing challenges. The two…

#Cultivate

This is a new culture in which one rises above oneself to grow. During their stay a resident is encouraged to see his work differently, think more diversely, and be more open to advancing the genetic code of his own material within a more spontaneous context. YNR is collaborative in the sense that there is…

#Redesign

The Yefe Nof Residency is an imaginative process of invention. If perfectionism and over-formality often straightjacket our designs, we see inconsistency as the great enabler of the working creative. How she chooses to use her resources is entirely up to the resident, and outcomes will differ with each approach, but it’s the possibility of getting under…

#YouJudge

YNR is designed for residents to consider unknown authors and think about their work and not to be strangled by conformity. It requires enormous energy and support to produce a work and bring it to market. We are committed to being a part of that process as it reflects the natural outgrowth of our network. When you apply to…

#Hope

To perpetuate an ideal of human decency, and not a narrow-minded, prejudiced one, we have to guard hope. In his career as a psychologist, Dr. Zvi Leo Soltz gave thousands of people hope. He can give millions more. If egoism flat-lines the shared experience, we want to select creators who promote visions of community. We want authorship…

#InspirationDrive

Category: Promonostory Challenge: Cancer Key Words: father and son, goodbye, melanoma, Alpha Chapters, redesign Created by: Gil Soltz Funded & Produced by: Kickstarter backers, Teg Down Publishing Link: Amazon Description: I took six weeks to write Inspiration Drive from notebooks I filled during the final year of life with my father. In the midst of life,…

Designers

///Object design, architecture, urban planning, fashion, photography, performance, studio art/// A hypothetical Designer applicant scenario: Your recent work is predicated on the benefits of replacing expensive and weighty metal alloys with a new material that better combats overheated circuitry. High license fees and inventor fees have prevented you from testing your theories. The doctors in…

Location

Solitude is not the same thing as isolation. You go to Yefe Nof to become reinvigorated by the mountains, experience the lake, and push your work to completion – but Lake Arrowhead is also in an ideal location. Beyond the Village at the lake, Blue Jay, and the rest of the gigantic Inland Empire, its…

Welcome

If awarded a residency you will be contacted by phone and a digital information packet will be sent to you by email. This will contain a summary of the comprehensive detailed welcome book that greets residents when they check into the house. It will include information about the history of the house and the community,…

Working Environment

  Yefe Nof is a fully equipped two bedroom, two bath family home with all of the necessities for four season living and all the amenities which will help you focus on your work. The spacious master bedroom and bathroom has a queen bed, bay window, walk-in-closet, and separate toilet and shower. The second bedroom has a…

Recommended Gear

Residents should anticipate seasonal packing. Your backyard will be forest flora and fauna (yes, you may see bears and coyotes). Any time of year is good for walking the many loops and trails and there are nearby options for water and snow sports. Mountain living can be complicated in the harshest months, but not to…

People

Currently, there are a number of volunteer greeters who will check you into the house and check you out. During and between residencies a small team on the mountain will look after the house. They are available throughout your stay in case of extreme issues. Our selection committee is a rotating group of individuals committed…