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Emerging Poets Fellowship at Poets House

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Now in its sixth year, the Poets House Emerging Poets Fellowship’s notable alumni include Aziza Barnes, Mahogany Browne, Cathy Linh Che, Monica A. Hand, Purvi Shah, Danniel Schoonebeek, and Ocean Vuong, among others. The Fellowship provides poets an opportunity to receive guidance and instruction from distinguished and diverse faculty, and camaraderie and support from a cohort of engaged emerging voices. Students have access to Poets House’s exten-sive 70,000-volume library, unique archives, and wide-ranging programs. Tuition is free to those accepted into the program.

Funded by a generous grant from the Jerome Foundation, the Fellowship will be led by r. erica doyle in the spring of 2017. The fifteen-week pro-gram facilitates artistic, professional, and personal development through weekly workshops, individ-ualized mentoring sessions, and craft discussions with visiting poets, and roundtables with experts on performance and contemporary publishing. The program culminates in a final group reading at Poets House. Guest faculty includes Cornelius Eady.
Read an article on the Emerging Poets Fellowship from Peril, an Asian Australian online magazine of arts and culture here

Read the work of Fellows from 2012-2015 in Issue 68 (summer 2015) of The Cortland Review

The 2016 Emerging Poets Fellows are (Click names for bios and a sample of each poets work): Emily Brandt, Chialun Chang, Alex Cuff, Rico Frederick, Zakia Henderson-Brown, Anne Lai, Cynthia Manick, José Olivarez, Noel Quiñones, and Nicole Shantè White.

2017 Fellowship

The 2017 Emerging Poets Fellowship will be lead by r. erica doyle. Distinguished Visiting Faculty will include Cornelius Eady and others to be announced. Fellows will also meet one–on–one with the workshop leader and distinguished guests at times to be determined. Fellows are encouraged to attend events at Poets House throughout the Fellowship, and special visits from editors and publishers will be part of the program.

r. erica doyle

r. erica doyle was born in Brooklyn to Trinidadian immigrant parents. Her debut collection, proxy (Belladonna* Books, 2013), won the 2014 Norma Farber First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America and was a Finalist for the Lambda Literary Award in Lesbian Poetry. Her work has been anthologized in Best American Poetry, Our Caribbean: A Gathering of Gay and Lesbian Writing from the Antilles, Gumbo: A Celebration of African American Writing, Bum Rush the Page: A Def Poetry Jam, Gathering Ground: A Reader Celebrating Cave Canem’s First Decade and Voices Rising: Celebrating 20 Years of Black Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Writing. Her poetry and fiction appear in various journals, including Ploughshares, Callaloo, Bloom, From the Fishouse, Blithe House Quarterly and .

Her articles and reviews have appeared in Ms. Magazine, Black Issues Book Review and on the Best American Poetry and Futurepoem blogs. She has received grants and awards from the Hurston/Wright Foundation, the Astraea Lesbian Writers Fund, the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, the Humanities Council of DC and Poets and Writers, and she was a New York Foundation for the Arts Poetry Fellow. Erica is also a fellow of Cave Canem: A Workshop and Retreat for Black Writers.

In addition, she has read her work at the Kennedy Center, the National Black Arts Festival, Joe’s Pub, the Nuyorican, the Calabash International Literary Festival in Jamaica, WI and various colleges and universities. Erica received her MFA in Poetry from The New School, and lives in New York City, where she is an administrator in the NYC public schools and facilitates Tongues Afire: A Free Creative Writing Workshop for queer women and trans and gender non-conforming people of color.

Application Process

Completed applications include the following materials:
  1. A one-page Personal Statement outlining how this fellowship will impact your career and how you will use this opportunity. This is the place to state any special personal or familial circumstances affecting your financial situation.
  2. A poetry- and performance-focused Résumé or Curriculum Vitae
  3. Work Sample of 5-7 poems, 10 pages maximum
All materials must be sent to us via Submittable: Click Here


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

Accepted applicants will be announced: TBA.

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 2016 Emerging Poets Fellowship Program will meet Tuesday evenings, from from March 1 to June 7, 2016. A special session with poet Claudia Rankine will be held on Wednesday, April 13, 2016. There will also be a daylong session on a Saturday (date to be determined). A final public reading will take place June 7, 2016. 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 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 2016.

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 18, 2015.

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; Idrissa 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 Seguin, Xeňa Stanislavovna Semjonová, Purvi Shah, and Ocean Vuong.

The 2014 Emerging Poets Fellowship workshop was taught by poet and teacher Kristin Prevalett. 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 Woolcock.

The 2015 Emerging Poets Fellowship workshop was lead by poet and photographer Rachel Eliza Griffiths. Resident Poets were (Click names for bios and a sample of each poets work): Aziza Barnes, Rio Cortez, Ricardo Hernandez, Esther Lin, Yanyi Luo, Andriniki Mattis, Vikas K. Menon, Timothy Ree, Paul Tran and Aldrin Valdez.

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