Introducing Our 2022 Writer-in-Residence and Artist-in-Residence

Introducing our 2022 Writer-in-Residence and Artist-in-ResidenceErica Bauermeister got the idea for her first novel while taking a cooking class. The experience made her wonder, what would happen if you put eight strangers together in such a culinary setting? The question developed into The New York Timesbest-selling volume The School of Essential Ingredients, which was published the year she turned fifty. Since then, she has written three more novels, including The Scent Keeper, a Reese’s Book Club pick, and her books have been published in more than twenty-five languages. Erica’s latest work is a memoir titled House Lessons: Renovating a Life, about her restoration of a neglected home in eccentric and idyllic Port Townsend, Washington. She describes herself as endlessly curious, and her work has been called “lyrical,” “compassionate,” and “delicious enough to devour.”

Photography courtesy of Susan Soupe

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