The 2017  Edith Wharton Writers-in-Residence

Christene Barberich is the editor-in-chief and cofounder of the award winning global women’s media company,, which reaches more than 175 million users worldwide monthly.  Since its launch, has received three Webby awards, four consecutive Inc. 500 awards for Fastest Growing Companies in the U.S., a top fashion honor from Forbes, and two consecutive ASME nominations for Best Website. Christene was named an Ad Age Media Maven in 2014, and one of Folio Magazine’s 2016 Top Women In Media. Christene is the coauthor of the New York Times bestselling book, Style Stalking, and is a frequent speaker on new media, content vision, and fashion in the digital space. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times T Magazine, Travel & Leisure, Departures, Dwell, and New York Magazine, among other publications. She lives in Brooklyn.

Donna M. Lucey is the author of Archie and Amélie: Love and Madness in the Gilded Age and Photographing Montana 1894–1928: The Life and Work of Evelyn Cameron, for which she received NEH funding. She is currently interim media editor for the online Encyclopedia Virginia being produced by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. Her latest book, Sargent’s Women: Four Lives Behind the Canvas will be published in August 2017.

Vanessa Manko is the author of The Invention of Exile which was a finalist for the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize, a Barnes & Noble Fall ’14 Discover Great New Writers pick and named one of the best books of 2014 by Kirkus Reviews. She earned her MFA from Hunter College where she was the recipient of a Hertog Fellowship. She also holds an M.A. from NYU’s the Gallatin School of Individualized Study. Her work has appeared in Granta, The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Brooklyn Rail, Dance Magazine and on NPR’s Selected Shorts. She has taught writing at Wesleyan University, NYU’s Gallatin School and SUNY Purchase. Originally from Brookfield, CT, Vanessa now lives in Brooklyn.


Thank you to everyone who applied. Please check back in August for information on our 2018 residency.