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Granville, Ohio— The Bryn Du Commission is pleased to announce Jennifer Hambrick as its first Artist in Residence. Hambrick is an award-winning poet, classical musician, writer, photographer, broadcaster, and voice talent. This prestigious appointment was gleaned from an invitation-only selection process of exceptional Ohio-based artists.

The focus of Bryn Du’s Residency program is to enhance local awareness and engagement in the arts by introducing new and varied artists to the Granville community throughout the calendar year. At the same time, the Bryn Du Artist in Residence program will provide an inspirational setting for the creation of artistic works by one artist at a time, of any discipline, over an initial 8-week time frame. During the months of October and November, Hambrick will present a variety of events and opportunities to the community including but not limited to poetry readings, performances of music with poetry, and poetry writing workshops.

As the Artist in Residence, Hambrick will reside in the newly-renovated laundry building behind the Bryn Du Mansion. President of the Bryn Du Commission, Candi Moore said, “The laundry house was identified as an ideal facility for an Artist in Residence studio years ago when the Bryn Du Commission first created its master plan. Even back then, we imagined various artists finding solace at Bryn Du to work on their own projects, while also bringing special programming to the community. We are thrilled to welcome Jennifer Hambrick to Bryn Du. The community engagement activities that she will provide to Granville and the surrounding area will truly be unique and special.”

Free and open to the public, Bryn Du will host Hambrick at a Poetry Reading and Community Open Mic night on Tuesday, October 15 at 7pm at the Mansion. In addition, the public is invited to attend Hambrick’s “Jazz Haiku at Bryn Du” on November 7 at 7pm at the Mansion. At this cabaret-style event, Musicians Matt Adams (saxophone), Tony Zilincik (tuba) and Tony Bonardi (piano) will create jazz improvisations inspired by readings of Hambrick’s experimental Haiku. Additional events will be held in conjunction with Denison University’s music composition class, the Granville Public Library and the Senior Center.

Please visit bryndu.com to learn more about Jennifer Hambrick and for her full schedule of community events. Future residencies at Bryn Du will be open nationwide for artists of all disciplines to apply including but not limited to those in the fields of visual arts, literature, music, theatre, fashion, dance, and audiovisual studies. More information about the process will be available in the coming months.

ABOUT JENNIFER HAMBRICK: A Pushcart Prize nominee, Jennifer Hambrick is the First-Place winner of the 2018 Haibun Awards Competition of the Haiku Society of America and is the author of the poetry collection Unscathed (NightBallet Press), nominated for the Ohioana Book Award.  She is a widely published poet, with hundreds of poems in literary journals around the world, including The American Journal of Poetry, Chiron Review,the Santa Clara Review, The Main Street Rag, POEM, The San Pedro River Review, the invitation-only 2018 Red Moon Press Anthology a hole in the light, Frogpond, Modern Haiku, World Haiku Review, The Heron’s, Nest, Cattails, Presence, Shamrock, Wales Haiku Review, Eucalypt, Haibun Today, Contemporary Haibun Online, the major Japanese newspapers The Asahi Shimbun and The Mainichi, and elsewhere.  A frequent recipient of poetry commissions, Jennifer Hambrick has also received numerous awards and other recognitions for her poetry and haiga, including Haiku Master of the week (8 Aug. 2017) and Runner-Up to Haiku Master of the Week (12 Dec. 2017) from NHK World TV’s Haiku Masters series, a Sakura Award in the 2017 Vancouver International Cherry Blossom Festival Haiku Invitational, was named one of two runners-up for the 2017 Shamrock Haiku Journal Readers’ Choice Award for Best Haiku, and has received prizes in the Jane Reichhold Memorial Haiga Competition, the international Golden Triangle Haiku Contest (Washington, D.C.), the Kaji Aso Studio International Haiku Competition (Boston), and the Montenegrin International Haiku Competition.  By invitation, Jennifer Hambrick guest edited The Haiku Foundation’s Per Diem: Daily Haiku Web feature for the month of April 2018.  Jennifer Hambrick is founder and editor of the International Women's Haiku Festival.  A classical musician and public radio broadcaster and web producer, Jennifer Hambrick lives in Columbus, Ohio.  Her blog, Inner Voices, is at jenniferhambrick.com.