Literary Artist in Studio 1 – East side of Carriage House
July 2014 through May 2015
Literary Artist in Residence, Nicole Hospital-Medina earned her MFA at the University of Miami where she now instructs writing fulltime; she also instructs writing at Barry University. Her poems can be read in the anthology, Women Write Resistance: Poets Resist Gender Violence, as well as in CURA: A Journal of Art and Action, The Miami Herald, Linden Lane Magazine, Paper Nautilus, Blunderbuss Magazine, The Acentos Review and more. Nicole, Floridian, surfer, sailor, teacher and environmentalist, ventures to write. She is currently an Artist & Writer in residency at the Deering Estate at Cutler.
The Deering Estate, with its loyalty to natural Florida, harbors the intricacies of its histories, the foundation of its current societies. She explains, “As soon as I park at the Estate, I absorb the landscape, the history, the ‘Florida’ of it all. My thinking patterns change. My imagination becomes green, blue and mango. Hence, my composition thickens, and as I lay it down in a structure like the novel I’m working on or a new swampy poem, it, like a vine, overtakes my tone, setting, mood, material, imagination and character development.” Born in the unique landscape of Florida, surrounded by the rich variances in its cultural history, Nicole intends to examine the intricacies of this humid, subtropical, near-paradise from the inside out, to lay them out tellingly on the pages of her literature.