Rose gorman named
ReSIDENTIAL Tuxedo fellow
Rose Gorman, a program director at the New York Writers Coalition, has been named the inaugural Tuxedo Project Residential Fellow at Marygrove College.
(Read the official press release here.)
Gorman will teach in Marygrove's English department, live in the restored house at 7124 Tuxedo in Detroit, and help launch a literary center that will feature workshops, author signings and book readings, along with other programs designed to highlight the power of literary arts to make change in distressed communities.
"Rose's experience and credentials make her a perfect fit for this project, someone who can both leverage the considerable power of the academic space for the benefit of a community," said Stephen Henderson, the Tuxedo Project founder whose family lived in the house at 7124 Tuxedo when he was a child.
"We really needed someone who was grounded in both worlds. We had a number of great candidates, and we are really pleased that Rose agreed to join us."
Gorman's position at Marygrove is funded in part by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
Gorman's work at the New York Writers Coalition has focused on workshops for marginalized youth and adults, including LGBT teens and homeless veterans. She has a Master of Arts degree in literature with a concentration in creative writing.
She was formerly the National Engagement Manager for StoryCorps, the national oral history project.
"That's a key component of her experience, given our desire to help collect and preserve the tremendous narrative histories of the people who live in the neighborhood around the project," Henderson said.
The Tuxedo Project was founded to revitalize the neighborhood around 7124 Tuxedo in Detroit through celebration of the literary arts. Construction began on the house in January, and should conclude in July.
Gorman will begin her work in August.