• Emerging Poets
  • Authors
  • Screen-Writers
  • Playwrights


  • One Week
  • Or Longer*


Blackacre State Nature Preserve & Historic Homestead situated within a serene location on nearly 300-acres of trees and fields of prairie grass located in eastern Jefferson County. Trails into the woods and fields are adjacent to pastures of farm animals in addition to typical wildlife including populations of deer and raccoons. Our host writer resides in a large, newly painted apartment on the second floor of an antebellum farmhouse. The all brick Presley-Tyler house was built in 1844 and donated to the Commonwealth of Kentucky in 1981 by its last owners Judge Macauley Smith and his wife Emilie. The historical house ideally located in the midst of a pastoral environment embraces multiple thematic programs where one can fully engage the creative process and write in relative seclusion.

The Blackacre Nature Preserve & Historic Homestead, in conjunction with Baltic Writing Residency, is pleased to offer a Writing Residency in Louisville, Kentucky. Thus, each year six writers will be chosen. Applications are accepted by any author of poetry, plays, screenplays, fiction, or creative nonfiction writing in English, regardless of their home nation (translations are admissible).

Our writer in residence will be required to give one to two public presentations. Additional expectations may include community engagement via one workshop, or collaborating with local residents interested in their craft, or interacting with area public / parochial schools, or one university guest lecture. Events will be orchestrated by the Baltic Writing Residency at local venues with operational support by Blackacre staff.

Comfortable accommodations at Blackacre include Wi-Fi, furnished large living room, bedroom, kitchen, central air and heat. A washer and dryer flank a wood–paneled study with plenty of light overlooking the stone patio. The resident poet, screen-writer, author or playwright will have complete access to multiple trails of timber and fields of prairie grass surrounding a historical homestead.

The Writer in Residence at Blackacre only includes a stipend of $200, and access to an automobile (not travel or other expenses). it is necessary that the resident have a current and valid driver’s license. The writer resides for at least one week (though the residency may be longer). The period of the residency is dependent, in part, on Blackacre’s overall schedule of visiting writers. In turn, the writer has a good deal of say as to when they take the residency, having the ability to delay beginning the residency for up to a year. Writers are welcome to bring partners who are in the position of taking advantage of the residency as well; however, children and pets cannot be accommodated unfortunately.

Our rich, natural surroundings could be considered a transformative catalyst to expand the work and perspectives of writers. Blackacre may even foster imaginative experimentation within a natural, unfettered setting effectively triggering new forms of work. Perhaps even a chapter for a book, essay, poem or play featuring our barn, stone house or other structures built in the 18th or 19th centuries.

Local Theater Companies i.e. Stage One, Commonwealth Theatre Center, The Kentucky Center and Actor’s Theatre will also be contacted when feasible for potential discussion of producing a playwright’s original stage work if so inspired by Blackacre.

Applications are read by a anonymous committee of judges composed of one member of the English Department of Harvard University, one poet of recognized standing, and one fiction writer of recognized standing.



Thank you for your interest in Blackacre’s Writer in Residence Program. In order to apply for this opportunity, please submit the following information in a Single WORD or PDF document by Friday, June 14th, along with a $20 application fee, to:

Blackacre State Nature Preserve & Historic Homestead
3200 Tucker Station Road
Louisville KY 40299

Please send:

  • A simple cover letter that expresses your interest in our program, discusses your current project, why you would like to be considered for the residency, what you intend to accomplish during your stay, and how the residency may help you move toward your goal for that project. Please be sure to state why you feel staying at Blackacre specifically will inspire your project, keeping in mind that neither this statement of purpose, nor the writer’s work need be traditional or conventional, but may be experimental, conceptual, or unconventional.
  • A writer’s bio (a paragraph to a page in length)
  • 10 pages of poetry or 20 pages of prose
  • A CV, including any teaching experience (if applicable), a publication list, your full contact information, and two references complete with contact information.

Former students, as well as, friends and family of the staff of the Baltic Writing Residency or Blackacre are ineligible to apply. Do not include any additional material (reference letters, books, etc.)

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email the Executive Director, Dale Josey, at blackacre1844@gmail.com. Thank you!

  • Amount is fully tax deductible.
  • Donate $25 or more
    Our writer in residence will send you a personalized, handwritten thank you note for your contribution to this special program.
  • Donate $35 or more
    A brief chance to shake hands and chat with the author during a gathering open to the public.
  • Donate $50 or more
    Get the chance to take home a free autographed photo of yourself with the author set against the backdrop of our 1844 Presley Tyler Farmhouse. Photos will be taken at our Meet And Greet event.
  • Donate $100 or more
    For a minimal donation, you will be invited to participate in an intimate sit down with the author. Light refreshments will be served.

* Flexible pending needs and budgets of participating institutions of higher learning