And so, to continue the story, I have won a residency

Those of you who know me in person might already be aware of this, but if not, here it is: Last week I found out that I’ve been awarded a Jentel Artist Residency for 2012.  What that means is that from March 15th to April 13th I will be incommunicado in Wyoming, working on my poetry, communing with (cold) nature, and generally being an “artiste”.

That is how you pronounce artist, right?

Needless to say (but I’ll say it anyway), I’m really excited.  While there I’ll be working on a new manuscript that pits Poems on Bugs against Poems on People.  For example, an “Ode to the Human Bot Fly” vs. “Phineas Gage”, the first being a fly that lays its eggs in human skin, where they grow into grubs, then worm around until they finally break through the skin to fly away and infect another, and the second being a man who had a three-foot-long metal rod shot through his skull and lived to tell the tale.

The Jentel Foundation sent a lot of helpful information my way, including a press release.  As you might now (or will soon), I’m a horrible self-promoter.  I have no media contacts and no newspapers clamoring (like clams?) for my stories.  I do, however, have you.

Yes, you.

Witness my Press Release and Despair.

Writer Awarded Fellowship by the Jentel Artist Residency Program

Andrew Kozma of Houston, Texas, has been awarded a fellowship by the Jentel Artist Residency Program.  Jentel is located in a rural setting on a working cattle ranch in the Lower Piney Creek Valley approximately 20 miles southeast of Sheridan, Wyoming. Kozma will be among the award recipients focusing on their own creative projects at this working retreat for artists and writers.  A panel of arts and literary professionals review samples of art work and manuscripts before making final recommendations for residency awards.

[INSERT A PARAGRAPH HERE about yourself, your project, your professional involvement in your community, and any information of interest to connect you with the respective media community, etc.]

ATTEMPT #1: As a child in Germany, Andrew Kozma feared that aliens were destined to take over his school.  As an adult, Andrew Kozma only hoped for such an occasion.

ATTEMPT #2: Andrew Kozma is a writter. He has long been a ritter.  Three’s Company!

ATTEMPT #3: Andrew Kozma abandons all hope, ye who enter here.

ATTEMPT #4: As a bartender in his community, Mr. Kozma (he insists on being called either Master or Doctor in deference to his degrees) serves drinks.  To his community.

ATTEMPT #5: Those to whom Andrew Kozma owes debts will not be able to find him in Wyoming during the time allotted for his fellowship.  Instead, interested parties should try Montana.

During the four week long residency, Jentel provides communal spaces  designated for research, recreation, food preparation, and dining.  Each artist and writer is offered a private comfortably furnished accommodation and a light airy workspace.  Each resident receives a stipend to help defray living expenses during the program.  Here artists and writers experience unfettered time to allow for thoughtful reflection and meditation on the creative process in a setting that preserves the agricultural and historical integrity of the land.

The Jentel Artist Residency Program offers a spectacularly beautiful place to peacefully work and achieve personal artistic goals in a remarkable environment.  The program residents enjoy interaction with peers and the extended community. For any artist in whatever media, protected time from the day-to-day necessities of living to examine and reflect upon work and the creative process is essential as a catalyst for artistic development.  For more information, visit

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2 Responses to And so, to continue the story, I have won a residency

  1. Brendan says:

    YES! Well done, sir. I expect good things to come from this month in the wilds.

    I say, well done.

  2. Andrew says:

    Thanks! I, too, expect something to come from this time in the wilderness. Hopefully, that thing is not being eaten by bears.

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