Anya Groner

Artistic Inaugural Writer Residencies
Type of work
Literary Artist

Anya Groner plans to use this residency to continue work on a novel. Set in Louisiana between 1911-1927, the narrative follows Simone Walsh, an Irish-American teenager living in New Orleans who is diagnosed with leprosy and sent upriver to Carville, Louisiana, to live at Marine Hospital 66, the only leprosarium in the continental United States. She must stay here until her blood-work is disease-free for twelve consecutive months. With no cure, the diagnosis functions as a life sentence. Anya Groner’s essays and stories can be read in venues including The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Oxford American, Ecotone, Guernica, and Longreads. She’s been awarded scholarships and grants from the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, the Squaw Valley Community of Writers, the Sewanee Writers Conference, and the Louisiana Board of Regents.