Maine’s Libra Foundation has made an incredible investment in the development of a significant arts program in the town of Monson: the foundation has purchased and renovated more than twenty buildings in the town to be used for the residences and studios of Monson Arts. Stuart Kestenbaum, former director of the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts and Maine’s poet laureate, is advising the foundation on the development of the programs.

Thanks to a collaboration facilitated by Kestenbaum, the MWPA is excited to offer members residencies of either two weeks or one month in Monson. There is no fee to apply for this residency. Applicants must be able to be in residence in Monson during the entire residency session:


Residencies are available during the following time frames: *We are not currently accepting applications.

Monson is located at the edge of Maine’s North Woods, 3.5 million acres of forest bordering Canada. It is the last town on the Appalachian Trail before the beginning of the 100-Mile Wilderness that leads to Mount Katahdin.

This residency is open to all current MWPA members.
Please do not apply unless you can commit to at least one of these residency sessions.

There is no fee apply or to attend this residency. Participants in the month-long residencies receive room, board, and studio space, along with a $1,000 stipend.  For the two-week residency, participants will receive a $500 stipend.

Studio & Special Equipment
Basic studio space with desk.

Residents will be provided a private room with a shared bath.

Residents will be provided meals during their month-long stay.

Spouses, partners, and children are not allowed at this residency.

Internet Access
Access to the internet will be available at the residency.


The application consists of a short statement of intent, a brief biographical note, and a work sample. Applications will be reviewed by a cohort of MWPA board members, staff, and previous Monson Arts residents. The winner’s application will show a combination of specific intentions for the residency and work excellence.

All applications must be received by *Currently Closed for Apps. No late applications will be accepted for any reason.




Contact MWPA executive director Joshua Bodwell at director@mainewriters.0rg or 207-228-8264