A Year to Raise Storyknife

What a difference a year makes.

Founder Dana Levin
Storyknife Founder Dana Stabenow

On May 4th last year, on a very brisk day (a little like today only sunnier), we watched as Dana sank the ceremonial shovel into the dirt and broke ground to build Storyknife.

And then the flurry began! So many days of digging and hammering, the whine of the chop saw and the bark of Rex, the site dog. And now we’re on the other end. Complete. All of the furniture in place, the tiny plants that were lovingly put in place last year sending up tiny shoots.

The applications came flooding in, the adjudication panel read for many evenings, the residents were chosen. Funders like the Rasmuson Foundation, the MJ Murdock Charitable Trust, the Atwood Foundation, the Southcentral Foundation and SO MANY individuals opened their hearts and wallets to support Storyknife.

So, in a world of COVID-19, we’ve had to postpone a few residencies, but Storyknife still stands ready. Just one year to turn Dana’s dream into a reality. You are all part of that process: your good energy, your positivity, your “likes” on social media, have given all of us the lift we need to fly this wonderful place.

On Friday, June 16th, we’ll livestream our “Grand Opening,” and we hope you’ll join us. (Don’t worry, I’ll remind you a couple more times). Meanwhile, look at the pictures, and be ready for the alchemy that is going to occur when those first women writers cross the threshold of Eva’s House and they know that for the next two to four weeks, they’re home where their writing and their dreams come first.

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