Announcing the inaugural Stelo + Variable West Art Writing Residents

Stelo and Variable West are delighted to announce the inaugural cohort of art writing residents! We received double the applications we expected, and it was a tough decision to choose just eight finalists.

Thank you to Ashley Stull Meyers and Bean Gilsdorf for their critical and compassionate judging! 


November: Callum Angus & Daniela Naomi Molnar
December: Intisar Abioto & May Maylisa Cat
January: Ella Ray & Laurel V. McLaughlan
February: Eel Probably & Luiza Lukova

Our first two residents will be moving into Stelo’s Park Block and Camp Colton locations this week, learn more about them below and stay tuned for information about the following six residents. 


Callum Angus is a Portland-based author and editor whose writing on nature, art, and literature has appeared in LA Review of Books, Orion, Catapult, Critical Read, LitHub, The Millions and elsewhere. He has received support from Lambda Literary and Signal Fire Foundation for the Arts, and was a 2019 writer-in-residence at the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest. He’s also worked as a bookseller at Odyssey Bookshop and Powell’s, a publicist for Catapult Book Group, and edits the journal smoke and mold. He holds an MFA in fiction from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and is the author of the story collection A Natural History of Transition (Metonymy Press).

Daniela Naomi Molnar is an artist, poet, and writer working with the mediums of language, image, paint, pigment, and place. She is also a wilderness guide, educator, and eternal student. She founded the Art + Ecology program at the Pacific Northwest College of Art and is a backcountry guide and founding Board member of Signal Fire. A member of the third generation of the Holocaust and the daughter of immigrants, she lives in Portland, Oregon, in the Cascadian bioregion on the unceded land of the Clackamas, Chinook, Multnomah, and other Indigenous peoples. www.danielamolnar.com / IG: @daniela_naomi_molnar

Author: Amelia Rina

Amelia Rina is a critic, writer, and editor based in Portland, Oregon, the unceeded territories of the Clackamas and Cowlitz nations. She is the Founder and Editor of Variable West.

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