Thanks to the Witter Bynner Foundation, Elsewhere Studios is excited to offer our second opportunity  for a Native American, Native Hawaiian or Alaska Native Poet for a one month residency during the summer of 2022, in Paonia, Colorado.

Selected artist will receive a $1500 stipend for travel + living expense and $500 for any kind of culminating publication or promotional support that would benefit the artist the most. It could be used for a capstone event, including space rental, event documentation through video and photo, or any other type of documentation.  We would work closely with the artist, once selected, to determine the direction of it. Residency includes studio + living space, utilities, wifi, and community resources! We will help in planning a performance, presentation or exhibition of work.

Selection Process:

The application deadline is November 1st with announcements of results in Mid-January.

Application fee is $10. If any artist finds the application fee to be restrictive please email

Applicants will be evaluated on the quality of their work and the strength of their proposals. The juror for this application process is Abigail Chabitnoy- recipient of Elsewhere's 2020 Indigenous Poet Residency. 

About Abigail Chabitnoy:

Abigail Chabitnoy is the author of How to Dress a Fish (Wesleyan 2019), winner of the 2020 Colorado Book Award for Poetry and shortlisted in the international category of the 2020 Griffin Prize for Poetry. She was a 2016 Peripheral Poets fellow and her poems have appeared in Hayden’s Ferry Review, Boston Review, Tin House, Gulf Coast, LitHub, and Red Ink, among others. She is a Koniag descendant and member of the Tangirnaq Native Village in Kodiak. Abigail holds a BA in Anthropology and English from Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, and an MFA in Creative Writing from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Read more about the 2020 Indigenous Poetry Residency here:

About Elsewhere:

Elsewhere is an eclectic, radical, experimental, whimsical, grass-roots, rural sci-fi, imaginative residency space in Paonia, Colorado that provides nourishment for the creative soul.

We support and believe in creatives and their power within communities to advocate for change, bridge gaps,

Last minute open call for residencies in November and December 2021

Deadline: October 5th, 2021

Notification: E-mailed Mid October or earlier.  

The Residency Program provides space and time for artists. We welcome visual artists, writers, composer/musicians, performance artists at any stage of their careers as well as scientists, activists, teachers, students, or any kind of creative thinker interested in exploring and expanding their work in a unique and supportive environment. Elsewhere consists of artistically crafted and unique living and studio spaces.
Elsewhere is a choose-your-own-adventure style residency. Situated in downtown Paonia, the spaces are versatile, providing residents with opportunities to connect and interact with other artists in the community, to create or participate in art exhibitions, and to teach classes or workshops.

Elsewhere at Electric Mountain Lodge:

A free 5-night creative residency for a Colorado Western Slope artist during November, January and February

Elsewhere Studios is collaborating with Electric Mountain Lodge to host one regional artist for a free 5-night cabin residency with farm-to-table breakfast + lunch included (dinner menu is half off for artists and lunch items are offered all day.) Artists are also expected to interact with the guests at the Lodge during the week (this could be a happy hour event, a workshop, a “meet-n-greet” while working in the studio/field) We are happy to discuss this in more detail with the selected artist.

We define “artist” as any type of creative maker and thinker: food-makers, musicians, visual artists, writers, historians, natural-dyers, herbalists, etc. -- are all welcome to apply! Priority will be given to underrepresented artists, but all submissions will be considered.


The Rustic Cabins at Electric Mountain Lodge are nestled up to one of the largest aspen groves in Colorado, and back to National Forest for an ideal retreat location. Featuring a king bed, in-cabin bathroom with shower, loveseat and table, along with coffee maker, microwave and fridge, the cabins are fully equipped to get your creative energy flowing. They are constructed of hand-hewn wood logs and don’t have any distractions such as wifi or a tv for a unique off-the-grid setting. Modern day amenities such as satellite tv, wifi, pool table, hot tub, fire pit, farm to table restaurant, are available in the lodge which is open daily from 8 am to 9 pm. The lodge is situated on 10 acres surrounded by National Forest, and there are hiking, biking, ohv and endless amounts of terrain and forests to explore in every direction. With views of Crater Peak, Mt Hatten and Terror Peak, the vistas are stunning, and the sunsets are spectacular almost every evening. Come experience Electric Mountain Lodge in collaboration with Elsewhere Studios.

Full disclosure about transportation during winter: Mobility is much more restricted during winter months at the lodge. Artists will need to drive up to Windy Point (11 miles from Paonia) where they will be picked up by a snowcat for the 9-mile drive to the lodge. Artists will need to coordinate with staff at the lodge if they need transportation down the mountain during their residency.

(visit our website for images of the space) 

About Elsewhere: Elsewhere Studios is an international artist residency program in the heart of Paonia, Colorado. Since 2011, we've hosted over 250 artists from around the world to have time and space to focus on their work in a unique and supportive environment. Elsewhere is an eclectic, imaginative space that values exploration and experimentation.

About Electric Mountain Lodge:  Located at an elevation of 9,200’ at the gateway of the Grand Mesa National Forest, Electric Mountain Lodge offers access to over 300,000 acres of multi-use forest right outside your door. The remote location, accessible by maintained gravel Forest Service roads (suitable for all vehicles), allows for a relaxing opportunity to unplug and reconnect. Enjoy stunning views, farm-to-table meals, and starry nights.

Questions? Contact 

Deadline: October 1st for residencies in November, January and February.

$10 application fee

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