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Emerging Poets Fellowship FAQ

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To Apply for the 2018 Poets House Emerging Poets Program please visit the Fellowship homepage.

Where is the Emerging Poets Fellowship Program taking place?

The Emerging Poets Fellowship takes place at Poets House in Lower Manhattan. In addition to weekly workshop meetings, participants are expected to attend special events and other residency programs taking place at Poets House. Participants are also encouraged to take advantage of Poets House's collection, which includes more than 60,000 volumes of poetry and poetry-related material.

Who can apply?

Application to the Emerging Poets Fellowship Program is open to emerging poets living in one of the five boroughs of New York City. Poets who do not reside in New York City are not eligible. Matriculated students at any level are ineligible.

How do you define emerging poet?

An emerging writer is someone of any age who demonstrates significant potential; some evidence of professional achievement; a rigorous approach to creating artistic work as well as a strong commitment to the field; and a readiness to advance.

How long is the Emerging Poets Fellowship Program?

The 2018 Emerging Poets Fellowship Program will meet Tuesday evenings, 6:00-8:00PM from from February 27 through May 29, 2018. There will also be a daylong session on a Saturday (date to be determined). A final public reading will take place June 5, 2018. Fellows are expected to be in attendance at all meetings.

Is there a tuition fee?

No, there is no fee for those accepted into the program.

Is there an application fee?

There is no fee to apply.

Is there a stipend?

Each participant will receive a $500 honorarium for their participation and a stipend of $100 to cover travel expenses. There may also be some funding to help participants pay childcare expenses.

Are there opportunities to share work with the public?

Residents will share their work at a public reading during June 2018.

How many participants are in the program?

There will be 10 poets chosen to participate in the Emerging Poets Fellowship Program.

How are Fellows selected?

Applicants are reviewed by a selection panel comprised of poets as well as Poets House staff. The panel will take into consideration applicant's creative work, professional achievement as a poet, and financial/personal need.

When is the next deadline?

Complete applications must be uploaded via Submittable by 11:59pm December 10, 2017.

Who are past Emerging Poets and Faculty Members?

The 2012 Emerging Poets Residency workshop was taught by poet and teacher Catherine Barnett. Distinguished Visiting Faculty included Kimiko Hahn, Edward Hirsch, Quincy Troupe and Jean Valentine. Resident Poets were (Click names for bios and a sample of each poets work): Desiree Alvarez, Amber Atiya, Cathy Linh Che, Jaime Shearn Coan, Monica A. Hand, Danniel Schoonebeek, Sarah V. Schweig, Idriss Simmonds and Elizabeth Zuba.

The 2013 Emerging Poets Residency workshop was taught by poet and teacher Jen Bervin. Distinguished Visiting Faculty included CAConrad, Cornelius Eady, Ben Lerner, Evie Shockley and Jean Valentine. Resident Poets were (Click names for bios and a sample of each poets work): Mahogany Browne, Jessica Elsaesser, Paul Hlava, Rosamond King, Elsbeth Pancrazi, Montana Ray, Andrew Sequin, Xeňa Stanislavovna Semjonová, Purvi Shah, and Ocean Vuong.

The 2014 Emerging Poets Fellowship workshop was taught by poet and teacher Kristin Prevalent. Distinguished Visiting Faculty included Cornelius Eady, Tracie Morris, Alice Notley and Edwin Torres. Fellows also met one one one with a poet of their choosing, including Brenda Hillman, Marie Howe, Erica Hunt, Patricia Spears Jones, Ben Lerner, Timothy Liu, Eileen Myles, Willie Perdomo, and Brenda Shaughnessy. Resident Poets were (Click names for bios and a sample of each poets work): J. Mae Barizo, Stephen Boyer, Amanda Calderon, Wo Chan, EC "Maxe" Crandall, Justine el-Khazen, Vincent Toro, Jeannie Vanasco, Lara Weibgen and Tishon Woodcock.

The 2015 Emerging Poets Fellowship workshop was lead by poet and photographer Rachel Eliza Griffiths. Distinguished Visiting Faculty included Natalie Diaz, Nguyen Phan Que Mai, Bruce Weigl and Afaa Weaver. Resident Poets were (Click names for bios and a sample of each poets work): Aziza Barnes, Rio Cortez, Ricardo Hernandez, Esther Lin, Yanyi, Andriniki Mattis, Vikas K. Menon, Timothy Ree, Paul Tran and Aldrin Valdez.

The 2016 Emerging Poets Fellowship workshop was lead by poet Adam Fitzgerald. Distinguished Visiting Faculty included Natalie Diaz and Claudia Rankine. Resident Poets were Emily Brandt, Chialun Chang, Alex Cuff, Rico Frederick, Zakia Henderson-Brown, Anne Lai, Cynthia Manick, José Olivarez, Noel Quiñones, and Nicole Shantè White.

The 2017 Emerging Poets Fellowship workshop was lead by poet r. Erica doyle. Distinguished Visiting Faculty included Cathy Park Hong and Rickey Laurentiis. Resident Poets were Gbenga Adesina, Desiree Bailey, Kyle Dacuyan, Camonghne Felix, Marwa Helal, Sean D. Henry-Smith, Nkosi Nkululeko, Sahar Romani, Adeeba Talukder, and Elisabet Velasquez.

Are there other residencies you can recommend?

A national list of Artist in Residence, Colonies and Retreats can be found here on Washington DC's Beltway Poetry Quarterly website.

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