Natalie Sypolt, author of The Sound of Holding Your Breath, is the winter 2019 recipient of the Land More Kind Appalachian Artists Residency. Sypolt lives and writes in West Virginia. Her work has appeared in Glimmer Train, Appalachian Heritage, Still: The Journal, and other publications. She is an Assistant Professor at Pierpont Community & Technical College. Learn more about Natalie Sypolt and her work here. Applications for the 2019 summer/fall residency will be open soon.

photos by Mark Campbell



The Land More Kind Appalachian Artists Residency is a weeklong residency offered twice a year to writers, visual artists, musicians, songwriters, and photographers who are either from Appalachia or devoted to creating art representative of the region. Residencies are held at Barn With Inn on Highland Springs Farm in Wellsburg, West Virginia. Click here to learn about the residency’s board of directors.



Fellows are offered accommodations in a renovated barn loft that features a workspace, sitting area, a full bath, and wireless internet. Three farm fresh meals a day are offered as part of the residency. Meals can be taken alone or shared with other guests. Read more about Barn With Inn in WV Living Magazine.

Fellows are responsible for their travel to and from Barn With Inn in Wellsburg, West Virginia. Barn With Inn is located less than 30 miles (45 mins.) from the Pittsburgh International Airport. While fellows’ meals will be provided, there are a number of nearby shopping and dining options in Wellsburg and Wheeling, West Virginia, and Washington, Pennsylvania.



We have a deep desire to provide a peaceful place for animals and people while maintaining a commitment to land conservation and mindfulness of the gift of living on a farm. Both of us were raised in families with farming backgrounds. Neither of us planned to spend our adult years tending a farm but “the rooster returns to the roost” and we did in 2003. We've never looked back since purchasing Highland Springs Farm.

Barn With Inn, at Highland Springs Farm (a working farm) is located in the accessible northern panhandle of West Virginia. We have spent much of the last 15 years nurturing our 35 acre farm into a sanctuary for the animals with whom we share the farm, affectionately called our "farmily."

We maintain seasonal vegetable, flower and butterfly gardens along with productive pastures and hay fields. Several walking paths, a swimming and fishing pond and an in-ground pool are located on the property for our guests to enjoy. There are fresh water springs on the property; one is diverted to the barn to provide fresh water for livestock and another feeds the pond. Last but not least, our two outdoor showers allow you to start your day in the most refreshing way!

~ Innkeepers Harry Sanford and Chatman Neely