In January 2015, Barry Lopez celebrated his seventieth birthday.
In honor of his birthday, and the legacy of his inspirational leadership and creative work, we've established The Barry Lopez Writer’s Residency Award.
The Award will be given to a writer whose work contributes to an awareness of the civic and ethical obligation of artists; that helps us understand, through story telling, that the survival of a humane world depends upon a commitment to integrity, empathy, and compassionate reconciliation; and inspires us to take social responsibility for the perils, which we have created ourselves, to the human and non-human world. We hope you will consider the effort to support a fund that will establish first five years of The Barry Lopez Writer’s Residency Award. Through continued fundraising, we hope to create an endowment to sustain the award beyond five years and well into the future.
In appreciation for gifts of $250 or more, donors will receive a finely printed, full-color broadsheet of the essay “Six Thousand Lessons,” written and signed by Barry.
A small committee of writers and advisors, including Barry Lopez, will select one writer each year for the Residency. Selection will be based on a letter describing the applicant's intentions for producing written work during the residency; a submission of prose or poetry that demonstrates the applicant's approach in addressing the ideals embodied in Barry Lopez’s work; and the candidate’s willingness to participate in community-building activities during the residency, including workshops and public readings. The residency will be located at Ala Kukui, a retreat center in Hana, Maui. The writer will also participate in a workshop, seminar, and/or a public reading in Honolulu. The Award will be administered by the Manoa Foundation, in Honolulu, Hawaii. The Manoa Foundation, established in 2005, is a tax exempt charitable organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions are tax deductible under section 107 of the Code. See manoafoundation.org
Thank you for helping us make this a reality, and for celebrating this wonderful man and American writer!
Risks and challenges
The first challenge we face, post-funding, is getting the word out about the project, especially to writers who may not be engaged in social media but who could benefit from this opportunity. We'll certainly tap into the vast network of Facebook, Twitter, etc, with our announcements. In addition, we'll post listings in print magazines, such as Poets & Writers, and also send postal mail notices to university MFA programs and community writing organizations around the country.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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