Announcing Makery Fellow for 2019

Hindman Settlement School is happy to announce our 2019-2020 Makery Fellow, Melanie Haws.

Melanie Haws is a lifelong Knoxvillian and an eighth-generation East Tennessean. A graduate of Spalding University’s Low- Residency MFA with a specialization in fiction, her first published short story appeared alongside writing by Randall Horton, Robin Lippincott, and Chris Offutt in Unbroken Circle: Stories of Cultural Diversity (Bottom Dog Press, 2017). Married, Haws is the mother of two daughters, Hannah and Iman, and companion to Opal, her Spaniel-mix muse. At present she divides her time between Knoxville and Hollywood, Florida.

The Makery at Hindman Settlement School is an online studio for writers of place. The Makery is proud to provide emerging writers high-quality study without the high cost of a degree. Our faculty features Guggenheim Fellows, Yale’s Younger Poets, Poets Laureate, Weatherford and Chaffin Award recipients, acclaimed editors, intrepid journalists, and New York Times bestsellers.

Makery Fellows receive a custom-designed two-year program with our award-winning faculty, as well as a graduating scholarship and public reading at the venerable Appalachian Writers’ WorkshopEach fall, we accept applications for the Fellowship; the process is accessible but selection is competitive. 

Melanie Haws joins a Fellowship that includes poet Michelle Castleberry (Georgia), cross-genre writer Madison Cyr (Indiana), and psalmist Susana Nestor (New Mexico). About her 2018-2019 Makery Fellowship, poet Michelle Castleberry writes “My experience has been an incredible gift. These instructors are helping me dowse for the powerful stream where place and the word intersect. I am deeply grateful to be a part of this work.” 

Welcome to the Fellowship, Melanie! We look so forward writing alongside you.