Learn how much the Delaware Division of the Arts has to offer to writers and how easy it is to participate. Information on who is eligible and the application process will be covered. You will also learn what the Delaware Arts Roster can do to get your work in the public eye and open up opportunities for readings, lectures, and more. The presentation will also include exercises on how to create an artist statement that will stand out to judges and effectively showcase your work and who you are as an artist.  This sounds simple, but all too often writers over think and their artist statement comes across as unpolished or even bookish, rather than real, and judges love real.

Roxanne Stanulis is Program Officer for Artist Programs and Services at the Delaware Division of the Arts. She manages the Division’s Individual Artist Fellowship grant program and is well versed in arts marketing. Prior to joining the Division in April 2006, she worked as curator at the Krannert Art Museum in Illinois and the Biggs Museum of Art in Dover. At the Division, Roxanne oversees the Division’s Mezzanine Gallery; the Artist Roster; the Poets Laureate program; and the biennial Delaware Seashore Writers Retreat. She lives in Dover with her husband and two children.

Billie Travalini

Billie Travalini

Billie Travalini, a native of Delaware, is a recipient of a 2014 Governor’s Award for the Arts, Her most recent work was published in Lakeview International Journal of Literature and Arts; Influence and Confluence: East and West; A Global Anthology on the Short Story in English; Another Chicago Magazine, and Selected Stories from the 2016 International Conference of the Short Story in English (English-Chinese). The Delaware Division of the Arts awarded Billie professional fellowships in nonfiction (2015), fiction (2007), and poetry (2004).

She has read her work worldwide, most recently at East China University, the University of Vienna, York University, and The University of Cork.

She is a Phi Beta Kappa, Magna cum Laude graduate of the University of Delaware and a fellowship graduate of Temple University.

Her memoir, Blood Sisters, was a finalist for the Bakeless Publication Prize and the James Jones Award, and won the Lewes Clark Discovery Prize. A longtime advocate for at-risk kids and the mentally ill, Billie co-founded and coordinates the Lewes Creative Writers Conference, now in its 10th year, teaches creative writing at Wilmington University, and is busy at work on Rules to Survive Childhood, a sequel to Blood Sisters and Rush Limbaugh and the French Apple Pie and Other Stories.

Billie was recently featured in an article in Wilmington University’s magazine: Her Voice is a Choice.

Written by Tery Griffin