The Writers' Colony at Dairy Hollow Team
Jeanne moved to Eureka Springs from Upstate New York in 2021. She is a passionate community servant with the ability to inspire individuals to continue and share her passion to serve others. With this ongoing quest to give, she has been able to promote positive change in communities and individuals. She takes pride in engaging in a civically based approach to community building. She is especially proud of her latest endeavor, a community garden for a 142 residential complex and developing a resident organization to manage the garden. Jeanne has dedicated 14 years in Village Government, serving 10 of the years as Deputy Mayor. Her professional career has been in Project Management working in industries including marketing, information technology, metro trains, and affordable housing. Her passions are music, playing her flute and cello, gardening, and a good workout.
Chef and Housekeeper
Jana was born in the Czech Republic, where she learned to cook from her grandmother. She moved to Eureka Springs in 1992, where she and husband J.R. operated The Daily Planet, an Internet cafe, for five years. She worked in area restaurants for several years before starting at The Writers' Colony in 2007 as a volunteer. She started cooking in 2010 and now delights in spoiling resident writers.
Media and Fundraising
Joy has a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Arkansas and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative writing from Stephen F. Austin State University. Her writing has been featured in numerous publications including Kenyon Review Online, Bayou Magazine, and New Delta Review. Her editorial experience includes work as Fiction Editor and Copy Editor of The Arkansas Review and Fiction Editor of HUMID: Undergraduate Literary Journal. She also served for two years as an Editorial Intern at Tin House Publishing in Portland, Oregon, where she received hands-on experience developing social media and website content. Clark’s awards include an Artist 360 Practicing Artist Grant in January 2021, a Walton Family Endowment for Creative Writing in 2019-2020 and 2017-2018, and a 2017-2018 James T. Whitehead Creative Endowment.
Jessi found the tranquility of Eureka Springs about three years ago, and decided to call it home. After ten years of working in animal sciences and veterinary medicine, she decided to follow another huge passion of hers … reading and writing!
Born in Atlanta and raised in North Carolina, southern hospitality has been engrained in her. Jessi’s ultimate career goals are to return to school and acquire her bachelor’s degree in hospitality and Hotel Management, so she can grow with 'The Writers' Colony at Dairy Hollow'. She would also like to begin to write reviews of local musical artists and venues in her free time.
Nancy Paddock is a long time resident of Eureka Springs. Always involved in the arts, she has helped host the Eureka House Concert series for the last 12 years. She has also helped to produce the Ozark Original Folk Festival since 2007. In 2021 and 2022 she took on the entire festival production. She is also well known as the parade wrangler in town. On the literary side, she worked as a journalist for Nightflying as their Eureka Springs, and festival correspondent for five years. She also helped to produce two issues of Ledges poetry journal of Eureka poets , back in the early 90s. Nancy thinks of herself as a connecting force in Eureka Springs. She is well acquainted with all the diverse elements of town and loves to help people find resources they need.
Nancy is excited to be working at the Writer’s Colony. She hopes to help bring more attention to our outreach programs and host events that will support our mission.
Patrick Humphrey is a skilled professional who provides detailed and thorough maintenance for the WCDH facilities. He has over 20 years of construction and maintenance experience. One of his references stated that he, “stays on task, is self-motivated, and top-notch.”