Bryn Du Artist in Residence Program

The focus of Bryn Du’s Artist in Residence program is to enhance local awareness and engagement in the arts by introducing new and varied artists to the Granville community throughout the calendar year. At the same time, the Bryn Du Artist in Residence program will provide an inspirational setting for the creation of artistic works by one artist at a time, of any discipline, over an 8 to 12 week time frame. While in residence, the chosen artist will reside in the newly-renovated laundry building behind the Bryn Du Mansion.

Future residencies at Bryn Du will be open nationwide for artists of all disciplines to apply including but not limited to those in the fields of visual arts, literature, music, theatre, fashion, dance, and audiovisual studies. More information about the process will be available in the coming months.


The Bryn Du Commission  is a proud member of the Alliance of Artist Communities.

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Jennifer Hambrick

Inaugural Artist in Residence

October and November 2019


Jennifer Hambrick's Residency

Poet, musician, photographer, on-air radio personality

The Bryn Du Commission was pleased to announce Jennifer Hambrick as its first Artist in Residence during the Fall of 2019. Hambrick is an award-winning poet, classical musician, writer, photographer, broadcaster, and voice talent. This prestigious appointment was gleaned from an invitation-only selection process of exceptional Ohio-based artists. Hambrick's residency was held during the months of October and November 2019. 


October 8, 2019 – Words and Music with ETHEL and the students in Denison University’s Music Composition Seminar:  A concert of music by Denison University students written in response to her poetry and performed by Ms. Hambrick (reading her own poetry) and ETHEL, the String Quartet-in-Residence at Denison University and New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art.  This project also included Ms. Hambrick visiting the Denison Music Composition Seminar on two occasions and discussing the logistics of planning and presenting interdisciplinary performances for live music audiences.

October 15, 2019 - Poetry reading and community open mic at Bryn Du Mansion: Ms. Hambrick gave a full-length reading of her own poetry, including a preview of her forthcoming poetry collection Hold Your Breath, and emceed an open mix at which the public and writers from the community presented their work.

November 6, 2019 - What Is Haiku?: Ms. Hambrick taught three eighth-grade English classes at Granville Middle School the mechanics and basic aesthetics of haiku in English in an interactive class that allowed plenty of time for students to write and share their own haiku.

November 7, 2019 - Jazz Haiku @ Bryn Du: In collaboration with some of Columbus’ finest professional jazz musicians, Ms. Hambrick created, performed in, and emceed a casual cabaret-style event featuring readings of her edgy, experimental haiku and jazz improvisations in response to them.

November 9, 2019 - Haiku Rocks!: At the Granville Public Library, Ms. Hambrick led Granville students in grades 4-6 in a hands-on workshop about how to write haiku, culminating in a fun activity in which they wrote their haiku with colored Sharpie markers onto rocks to keep as souvenirs, or to leave out in the community for others to discover and enjoy.

November 19, 2019 - Tell It Slant: Reading and Writing Poetry: Ms. Hambrick taught Creative Writing and Advanced Placement English classes (three class sessions total) at Granville High School about the importance of “telling it slant” – using indirect, image-rich modes of expression – in writing poetry and in understanding and interpreting the poetry we read.  Students wrote drafts of poems with “telling it slant” in mind, and shared their drafts as they were comfortable doing so.


A Pushcart Prize nominee, Jennifer Hambrick is the First-Place winner of the 2018 Haibun Awards Competition of the Haiku Society of America and is the author of the poetry collection Unscathed (NightBallet Press), nominated for the Ohioana Book Award.  She is a widely published poet, with hundreds of poems in literary journals around the world, including The American Journal of Poetry, Chiron Review,the Santa Clara Review, The Main Street Rag, POEM, The San Pedro River Review, the invitation-only 2018 Red Moon Press Anthology a hole in the light, Frogpond, Modern Haiku, World Haiku Review, The Heron’s, Nest, Cattails, Presence, Shamrock, Wales Haiku Review, Eucalypt, Haibun Today, Contemporary Haibun Online, the major Japanese newspapers The Asahi Shimbun and The Mainichi, and elsewhere.  A frequent recipient of poetry commissions, Jennifer Hambrick has also received numerous awards and other recognitions for her poetry and haiga, including Haiku Master of the week (8 Aug. 2017) and Runner-Up to Haiku Master of the Week (12 Dec. 2017) from NHK World TV’s Haiku Masters series, a Sakura Award in the 2017 Vancouver International Cherry Blossom Festival Haiku Invitational, was named one of two runners-up for the 2017 Shamrock Haiku Journal Readers’ Choice Award for Best Haiku, and has received prizes in the Jane Reichhold Memorial Haiga Competition, the international Golden Triangle Haiku Contest (Washington, D.C.), the Kaji Aso Studio International Haiku Competition (Boston), and the Montenegrin International Haiku Competition.  By invitation, Jennifer Hambrick guest edited The Haiku Foundation’s Per Diem: Daily Haiku Web feature for the month of April 2018.  Jennifer Hambrick is founder and editor of the International Women's Haiku Festival.  A classical musician and public radio broadcaster and web producer, Jennifer Hambrick lives in Columbus, Ohio.  Her blog, Inner Voices, is at   


Bryn Du's Artist in Residency Program is supported in part by a grant from the
Ohio Arts Council. Thank you!