North Country Institute for Writers of Color - Valcour Retreat Residents and Alumni

Writing Residents for 2006

Ching-In Chen

Ching-In Chen is the daughter of Chinese immigrants who grew up around Boston. Ching-In's poetry has been featured at poetry readings across the country, including Poets Against Rape, Word from the Streets, and APAture Arts Festival: A Window on the Art of Young Asian Pacific Americans. Her work is published in the anthology Growing Up Girl: Voices from Marginalized Spaces. For three years, she was the host and organizer of Pusod's Mango Mic, an Asian American open mic. She recently helped to organize the 3rd national Asian Pacific American Spoken Word and Poetry Summit in Boston.

Joyce Harte

Joyce Harte earned her Ph.D.from New York University in English Education. She is an Associate Professor in English at Borough of Manhattan CC/CUNY. She is also deputy chairperson of the department. Her current research is on Loss and Mourning in the Writings of Anglophone Caribbean Women Writers. The manuscript she will be working on at the retreat comes from her dissertation entitled And Dances with the Daffodils: The English Education of an Afro-Guyanese Woman.

Yanick Rice Lamb

Yanick Rice Lamb teaches journalism at Howard University. Yanick is co-author of Born to Win: The Authorized Biography of Althea Gibson, The Spirit of African Design and Rise & Fly. She contributed to Aunties: 35 Writers Celebrate Their Other Mother and worked on her first novel last summer at the Paden Institute and Retreat for Writers of Color in Essex, N.Y. She has also worked for The New York Times, The Atlanta Constitution, BET Weekend, Essence, Emerge and Heart & Soul, where she has returned as editorial director. A native of Akron, Ohio, she lives with her family in Washington, D.C.

Clemon Richardson

Clemon Richardson, a journalist for over 26 years, is presently a columnist for the New York Daily News. He has worked for the Anderson Independent, the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the Chicago Sun-Times, the Miami Herald and New York Newsday before joining the Daily News in 1993. He is currently working on a biography of a New York City Fire Emergency Services Unit police officer retiring from the force after 22 years of service.

Xavier J. Richardson

Xavier J. Richardson was a 2001 Philadelphia Council on the Arts Fellow. His fiction appears in Black Arts Quarterly and the anthology Philly Fiction. He has taught creative writing workshops at University City Arts League. He is currently working on a novel set in the 1980s. An avid runner, he also competes in local road races.

Heather Tamir

Heather Tamir has a background in journalism and anthropology and has worked on international development and U.S. social policy issues at the Rockefeller Foundation. Most recently she worked as a senior communications associate at PolicyLink, a national research and advocacy group, where she drafted policy speeches, directed media campaigns, and edited books and articles. She is a contributor to A Future for Everyone, an anthology highlighting the role of social responsibility published in 2004 by Routledge. A native of Jamaica, Ms. Tamir is working on her first book.

Subhanah Wahhaj

Subhanah Wahhaj holds a BA in English from Medgar Evers College. She serves as Executive Assistant at the Center for Black Literature. She has had work published in various newspapers including New York Newsday. A member of several organizations including the National Association of Black Journalists and the Association of Young Journalists and Writers, Wahhaj writes that she is "very passionate about improving the light of my people and making a difference in the world." She is presently working on a novel about a young Muslim woman growing up in America.

Contact Information

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Center for Black Literature

Dr. Brenda M. Greene
Medgar Evers College, CUNY
1650 Bedford Avenue
Brooklyn, N.Y. 11225

SUNY Plattsburgh

Dr. Jose L. Torres-Padilla
Beaumont Hall 418A
101 Broad Street
Plattsburgh, N.Y. 12901