The Racine Writer-In-Residence (WIR) program is an initiative founded by ArtRoot (a collaboration of artists and arts advocates who are determined to reinvigorate Racine, WI through the arts), supported by the Racine Literacy Council (RLC), and funded through a generous grant from the Osborne & Scekic Family Foundation. The WIR typically takes residence at The Branch at 1501 Washington Avenue (1501 Washington Ave. Racine, WI 53403). However, due to the pandemic, the Writer-In-Residence works from home.

Through this program, ArtRoot seeks to spotlight Racine and Kenosha’s dynamic literary community while encouraging, supporting, and advocating on behalf of writers at all stages of their careers.

A weekly blog is one of the obligations of the WIR. You can also visit the Archives page to see posts by the former WIRs.

Learn about our Writers-In-Residences
#1) Peg Rousar-Thompson
#2) Elkid Alvarez Maldonado
#3) Emily Vakos
#4) Julie Nondorf
#5) Patti Fitchett
#6) Ron Larson
#7) Lindsay Knapp
#8) Jenny Maurer                                                                                                                                                                               #9) Kelsey Marie Harris                                                                                                                                                                #10 John Bloner, Jr.