Reading residency


What is The reading residency?

A juried program designed specifically for agents of social change to dedicate a full weekend to themselves: to reading and self-care. The awardee of each residency will receive free housing and amenities on site, in addition to a small stipend for food and reading material. There are 4 residencies in the year (one per season).


  • $30 stipend for reading material
  • $70 stipend for food + drink
  • Available Spirits
  • Tea + Coffee
  • Light Breakfast + Snacks
  • Access to RR Library
  • Heat
  • Guitar
  • NO Internet access
  • NO Television
  • NO Computer
Each resident will receive a gift bag of a few Candor publications and products in a STILL LEARNING tote.

Each resident will receive a gift bag of a few Candor publications and products in a STILL LEARNING tote.


  • The residency is entirely spent taking care of yourself, through reading and relaxing.
  • Stay from Friday evening to Monday morning.
  • Arrange transportation to arrive + depart on time
    • [Residency is located in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago, the address will be disclosed only to awardees.]
  • A short written reflection on your experience.


The judging panel will base their scoring on:

  • Candidate's working relationship to social progress.
  • What will be read at this residency and why.
  • Applicant's essay about why this residency is appropriate and timely for the candidate.

WINTER/Spring Reading residency

January 20—June 21



Tasasha Henderson


Official Announcement

Honorable Mentions: 

Nina Yeboah

Michael Fischer



Tempestt Hazel — Writer, Curator, and Executive Director of Sixty Inches from Center

EJ Hill — Artist and Educator

Lynnette Miranda — Artist, Curator, and Writer, Founder of Present Futures and Make-Space

David Bell — Artist, Curator, and Writer, Director of Visitor Welcome Center and Notes on Looking

Etta Sandry — Artist, Educator, and Writer, Co-director of Make-Space

Jesús Mejia — Artist

Amir George — Artist, Filmmaker, and Curator, Founder of The Cinema Culture and Co-Curator of Black Radical Imagination

Justin Nalley — Artist and Educator, Author of TAKE CARE


Applications will soon be available for the Summer program.