LitSpace Writer’s Residency 2016

Michael Patrick Welch named
2016 LitSpace St. Petersburg Writer in Residence

Michael Patrick Welch, author of four books chronicling disaster, recovery, and creativity in New Orleans, will join St. Petersburg’s literary community for two weeks in April.

Michael Patrick Welch is the 2016 recipient of the LitSpace Writer's Residency at the Craftsman House in St. Petersburg.

Michael Patrick Welch is the 2016 recipient of the LitSpace Writer’s Residency at the Craftsman House in St. Petersburg.

“We’re thrilled that Michael is the first LitSpace Writer in Residence,” says Keep St. Pete Lit founder Maureen McDole. “He will bring a fresh, dynamic voice to St. Petersburg’s vibrant and growing arts scene.”

The residency will be something of a homecoming for Welch, a former St. Petersburg Times (now the Tampa Bay Times) staffer and Creative Loafing Tampa contributor who relocated to New Orleans in 2001. His journalism and essays have appeared in Oxford American, McSweeney’s, Vice, the Guardian, and Salon.

Jonathan Ames, author of The Extra Man and creator of HBO’s Bored to Death, has described Welch as “An awesome, feral talent . . . the most exciting young writer I’ve come across.” Chuck D of Public Enemy called him a “true community light” for working to draw attention to lesser-known New Orleans musicians through his writing.

Welch is the author of The Donkey Show (Equator Books), Y’all’s Problem (Dirty Coast), and New Orleans: The Underground Guide v 1-3, a directory of music and culture far off the French Quarter’s beaten paths.

Welch will be in residence at St. Pete’s Craftsman House Gallery from April 3rd to 17th. During that time, he will be working on final edits of a new novel based on his ten years teaching in post-Katrina New Orleans.

The public will be able to meet and learn from our resident at a reading, as well as a workshop on freelancing skills for local writers.

To learn more about Michael Patrick Welch and his work, visit


The Art of Freelance Writing – Master Class on Saturday, April 9 (1:00-3:00pm) $10.00 per person.

In addition to being the author of several books and novels, Michael Patrick Welch is a prolific freelance writer whose work has appeared in Newsweek, National Geographic, Vice, Salon, and The Guardian. In this workshop, he will focus on generating story ideas and writing pitches. Welch will also be available to give participants further critique and feedback via e-mail or in person for the duration of his stay in St. Pete. Morean Arts Center- 719 Central Ave. St. Petersburg. To register:


Reading and Rapping with Michael Patrick Welch – Friday, April 15th (7:00pm-10:00pm)

Michael Patrick Welch will be spending two weeks in St. Pete working on his second novel, Lokeesha. During this reading, he’ll present selections of the work in progress. The reading will be followed by a meet-and-greet and book signing. Following the signing, Welch will present a multimedia extravaganza including videos and songs from his New Orleans rap class. He will also lead a round of “The Rap Game” for fabulous prizes, followed by a set of original rock n’ roll tunes synched up to wild, funny videos about his pet goats, among other things. Craftsman House Gallery -2955 Central Ave. St. Petersburg.


About the LitSpace Writer’s Residency:

The LitSpace Writer’s Residency is funded in part by proceeds from Fantastic Ekphrastic, Keep St. Pete Lit’s annual collaborative writing and visual arts performance. Keep St. Pete Lit would like to thank sponsors including Beth Morean, Soft Water Studios, Russell Property Group, Sylvia Ruche State Farm, Studio @620, Creative Loafing, photoxo, Warehouse Arts District, Jon and Monica Kile, Fisher & Sauls, P.A., Keep Saint Petersburg Local, Kathleen McDole, The Hubbard Family, Doyle Wealth Management, The Amsterdam, and Many Happy Return$ Accounting and Tax Services.