GARRETT HONGO

SEPTEMBER 21 - OCTOBER 5, 2019

award winning POET, Pulitzer PRIZE NOMINEE, AUTHOR & PROFESSOR of CREATIVE WRITING

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Garrett Hongo was born in Volcano, Hawaiʻi and grew up on the North Shore of Oʻahu and in Los Angeles.  He was educated at Pomona College, the University of Michigan, and UC Irvine, where he received an M.F.A.  His work includes Coral Road: Poems and two other books of poetry, three anthologies, Volcano: A Memoir of Hawaiʻi, and The Mirror Diary: Selected Essays, published in 2017.  Recent poems have appeared in Poetry, Harvard Review, New England Review, Kenyon Review, Yale Review, Literary Imagination, Catamaran, and Asian American Literary Review.  Among his honors are the Guggenheim Fellowship, a Fulbright Fellowship (to Italy), two NEA grants, and the Lamont Poetry Prize from the Academy of American Poets.  In 1989, he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.  Currently, he’s at work on two books:  The Ocean of Clouds (poems) and The Perfect Sound: An Autobiography in Stereo (non-fiction).  He teaches at the University of Oregon, where he is Distinguished Professor of Arts and Sciences. 

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EMMA HOOPER

MAY 16-30, 2020

2018 GILLER PRIZE NOMINEE, AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR, VIOLIST and ACADEMIC

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The Guardian’s “New Face of Fiction,” Emma Hooper is an author, musician and academic. Her best-selling debut Etta and Otto and Russell and James (2015) was published in 23 territories and 18 languages world-wide. Her second novel, Our Homesick Songs (2018) was long-listed for The Giller Prize. Her writing has garnered international praise from sources including The New York Times, The Globe and Mail, The Times of London, CBC, BBC, People Magazine, New Scientist, and The New Yorker, as well as starred reviews in Kirkus, Booklist and Publishers Weekly. Other publications include work for McSweeney’s Quarterly, The Guardian, Bloomsbury Academic, and Elle Magazine.

Currently a reader in Music and Creative Writing at Bath Spa University (UK), Hooper holds a PhD in musico-literary studies and has published research in the fields of intermediality, gender studies, popular music and retro-futurism. As a violist she has performed with Peter Gabriel, the Heavy, and numerous other artists, as well as released two albums (about dinosaurs and insects, respectively) as solo artist Waitress for the Bees.

Though she lives in the UK, she goes home to Canada to cross-country ski as often as possible.

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MEREL NOORLANDER

September 21 - October 5, 2019

AWARD-WINNING VISUAL ARTIST, PERFORMANCE ARTIST & CURATOR

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Merel Noorlander is a Dutch artist based in Amsterdam, Netherlands. She graduated from the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague (2007) Fine Arts, painting department. Her work combines 2D and 3D in foldable installations,  performance and collage. She also works as a freelance curator, develops art educational programs and works as guest teacher. Her work has been shown in both national and internationally galleries, art institutes, theatres and public spaces. Currently, Merel is working on the development of a new Social Artistic Museum in Amsterdam North, focusing on participatory research into gentrification and the evolving roles of art & cultural institutions in the process. Noorlander’s most recent exhibition, curated by herself & Arjen Lancel, opened its doors at Arti et Amicitae - the oldest visual arts society in the Netherlands (founded in 1839) - and was awarded the prestigious N8 Award for Best Program at the 2018 Museumnacht in Amsterdam.

JANE BARNARD

SEPTEMBER 21 - OCTOBER 5, 2019

AWARD-WINNING WATERCOLORIST, PLEIN AIR PAINTER and INSTRUCTOR

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Jane Barnard is a skilled and supportive art instructor, a member of the Wisconsin Watercolor Society, Wisconsin Visual Artists and Wisconsin Plein Air Painters. She has a master’s degree from Marquette University and her studies have included the University of Paris (Sorbonne), the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and workshops from master watercolorists.

Jane is a passionate painter and teacher, especially gentle and helpful in encouraging those wanting to stretch their artistic vision and skills. She teaches at The Clearing in Door County, the NE Wis Watercolor Society, Dillmans Creative Art Center, among others. She has led two Art Workshops to Provence, France.

Influenced by Turner, Sargent, Cezanne, Andrew Wyeth, and Expressionists like Emil Nolde, Jane tries to express landscape boldly and with fewer strokes to tell the story. Working initially “wet in wet” on paper, she likes to let the painting take on a life of its own — regardless of starting sketches or ideas.  She is always open to the accidental and the mysterious.

Jane's gift as a teacher/mentor is her strong belief in the student's personal creative journey, and her ability to encourage and promote that unique voice.  

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PIETRO GROSSI

September 21 - October 5, 2019

AWARD-WINNING ITALIAN NOVELISt, FICTION WRITER & JOURNALIST

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Pietro Grossi divides his life between managing the Tenuta di Camporsevoli, where he lives with his wife and two children, and writing. He has published eight books – novels and short story collections – many of which have won important prizes including Premio Chiara, Premio Campiello Europa, Premio Letterario Nazionale Pisa and the Procida Island Prize of Arturo Elsa Morante. Three of his books are translated into English by Pushkin Press and Fists was shortlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize. Pietro has also worked as a collaborator for Vanity Fair and for Scuola Holden, the most important storytelling school in Italy.

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VALENTINA GROSSI

SEPTEMBER 21 - OCTOBER 5, 2019

ART HISTORIAN

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Valentina Grossi, owner and manager of Tenuta di Camposevoli, is a graduate of the University of Florence. With a degree in Art History and a thesis in Museology, she has also worked with the Education Department of the Museums of Florence. In 1999, Valentina co-founded a company called One Step Closer, planning cultural visits and events throughout various parts of Italy. Since 2010, she has been focused primarily on the running and managing the magnificent historic property where we are fortunate to host our residency programs and has been an integral part of the heart and soul of The Lemon Tree House since the program moved to Camporsevoli in 2015. Residents attending the Florence day trip will be fortunate enough to have Florentine native, Valentina as their private tour guide of both Florence City Centre and The Bargello Museum, an unforgettable experience indeed.

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JENNIE LEE

September 21 - October 5, 2019

AWARD WINNING AUTHOR OF NON-FICTION, YOGA & MEDITATION INSTRUCTOR

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Jennie Lee is the author of two award winning books on yoga, meditation and spiritual living. BREATHING LOVE: Meditation in Action (2018 Best Book Award Winner American Book Fest: Self Help/Motivational; 2018 IAN Book of the Year Award Finalist: Spirituality/ Inspirational; Top 10 Inspiring Books – Aspire Magazine Jan. 2018) and TRUE YOGA: Practicing with the Yoga Sutras for Happiness & Spiritual Fulfillment (2016 USA Best Book Award Finalist: Spirituality/ Inspirational.) Her books have also been published in French and Polish. In 2020, her third book will be released by Sounds True/ Macmillan.

Jennie’s writing has been featured in numerous wellness magazines and blogs, such as Mantra Wellness, Light of Consciousness, Awareness Magazine, Yoga Therapy Today, Yoga Digest and her essay on the meaning of life was featured in the book, Love by N. Tanase. Over her career, she has also written screenplays, travel essays, personality profiles, poetry, and greeting cards.

Jennie is a Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT) and long-time yoga teacher (RYT-500) who has been in private practice for over 20 years. Through this personal coaching work, she helps people overcome stress, anxiety, grief and depression through the healing modalities of classical yoga and meditation. Jennie is passionate about helping people to create lives filled with peace, purpose, and love. When she is not writing or teaching, you’ll find her surfing a wave in Hawaii, or doing headstands at the top of mountains, making her husband very nervous.

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MELANIE MAH

May 16 - 30, 2020

AWARD-WINNING NOVELIST & MEMOIRIST

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Melanie Mah won the 2017 Trillium Award for her debut novel, The Sweetest One, which tells the story of a seventeen-year-old’s debilitating fear brought on by belief in a family curse that dooms her and her siblings to untimely deaths after venturing beyond their small town. She was included on CBC Books’ 2017 list of writers to watch, has performed at festivals and reading series all across Canada, and has been interviewed on TV Ontario and by the CBC. Her work has been published in Brick, Room, and Prism International, and she is currently at work on an intergenerational memoir inspired by the wild lives of her parents, the fights they used to have, and her relationship to their stories, their coming deaths, the past, and her culture.  

 Originally from the foothills of Alberta, and now based in Toronto, Melanie holds an MFA from the University of Guelph. 

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KATIE MATHIEU

SEPTEMBER 21 - OCTOBER 5, 2019

CULINARY ARTIST, PERMACULTURE DESIGNER & CHEF

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Katie Mathieu is a personal chef, permaculture designer, green roof professional and urban agriculturalist. She has been cooking professionally for 22 years, and intensively studying small-scale organic agriculture and animal husbandry for the past eleven. 

Her training includes, graduating from the Linnaea Ecological Gardening Program in 2006, and apprenticing under renowned chef and activist Michael Stadtlander in 2007. From 2010-2012, she was the co-designer and solo manager of a 1200-square foot organic container garden above Toronto restaurant Parts and Labour. 

Katie specialises in high end hospitality for groups, and her culinary experience ranges from French Classical training to wellness and restorative menus. She consults on, and builds kitchen gardens for clients, and has recipe tested for publications through Harper Collins.  

Katie has gone on five expeditions to the Canadian Arctic, can make an excellent latte over the fire, and has a long history of volunteer work centred around food security and food education.  She cares deeply about hospitality, and loves to exceed the expectations of guests, no matter where their adventure takes them.

The Lemon Tree House is thrilled to have Katie back at Camporsevoli this fall for two weeks of Tuscan culinary magic.

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