Emerging Poets Fellowship at Poets House

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The Emerging Poets Fellowship is an annual opportunity for poets to receive guidance and instruction from a distinguished and diverse faculty and enter the next stage of their professional and artistic practice.

Funded for the fourth year by a generous grant from the Jerome Foundation, this fellowship immerses poets in a twelve-week program consisting of workshops and meetings that are reinforced by the inspiring environment here at Poets House, including our poetry library and unique archives as well as a diverse offering of readings and conversations by leading poets and scholars.

The program includes weekly writing workshops, mentoring sessions, meetings with guest speakers, free access to Poets House's events and archival resources and culminates in a final group reading. Transportation support is available for participants. The application process is competitive; tuition is free to those accepted into the program.

Read an article on the Emerging Poets Fellowship from Peril, an Asian Australian online magazine of arts and culture here

2015 Fellowship

Rachel Eliza Griffiths will lead the Fellowship in 2015. The next Fellowship application deadline will be December 1, 2014.

2014 Fellowship

In spring 2014, the Emerging Poets Fellowship continues the momentum of two successful years of the program, during which participants refined their craft and established valuable friendships within the poetry community.

The 2014 Emerging Poets Resident Poets are (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.

Details about the next fellowship will be posted here later in 2014; information about the application process can be found below. Tuition is free to those accepted into the program.


2014 Schedule


The 2014 Emerging Poets Fellowship will meet Tuesday evenings, from February 18 to June 2, 2014, skipping April 15, 2014. There will also be a special daylong session on one Saturday (date to be determined). A final public reading will take place on June 3, 2014. Fellows will also meet one–on–one with the workshop leader and distinguished guests at times to be determined. Special visits from editors and publishers will be part of the program. Fellows are encouraged to attend events at Poets House throughout the spring.


2014 Faculty


The 2014 Emerging Poets Fellowship workshop will be taught by poet and teacher Kristin Prevalett. Distinguished Visiting Faculty includes Cornelius Eady, Tracie Morris, Alice Notley and Edwin Torres.

Kristin Prevallett

Kristin Prevallett is a poet, essayist, educator, and clinical hypnotherapist. She is the author of five books including most recently her re-envision of T.S. Eliot’s Four Quartets, Everywhere Here and in Brooklyn. Other books include I, Afterlife: Essay in Mourning Time, Shadow Evidence Intelligence, and Scratch Sides: Poetry, Documentation and Image-Text Projects. She is the editor of A Helen Adam Reader. Recent poetic documents that blend conceptual and collaborative forms have appeared in VLAK: Poetics and the Arts; Rhythm of Structure: Mathematics, Art, and Poetic Reflections and the anthology I’ll Drown My Book: Conceptual Writing by Women. Her recent books integrating language, consciousness, and poetics include You, Resourceful: Return To Who You Want To Be and Trance Poetics: Your Writing Mind. An associate of Bard College’s Institute for Writing and Thinking, she has taught poetry, poetics, and creative/critical writing at numerous universities including New York University, Pratt Institute, Bard College, Naropa University’s online MFA program, and the Institute for Writing Studies at St. John’s University.

Cornelius Eady

Cornelius Eady is the author of eight books of poetry, including Hardheaded Weather: New and Selected Poems (2008). His second book, Victims of the Latest Dance Craze, won the Lamont Prize from the Academy of American Poets in 1985; in 2001 Brutal Imagination was a finalist for the National Book Award. His work in theater includes the libretto for an opera, “Running Man,” which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama in 1999. In 1996 Eady co-founded, with writer Toi Derricotte, the Cave Canem summer workshop/retreat for African American poets. He is Professor of English and the Miller Family Endowed Chair in Literature and Writing at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Tracie Morris

Tracie Morris is a poet, performer and scholar. She works extensively as a singer, sound artist, writer, bandleader and actor. Her installations have been presented at the Whitney Biennial, Ronald Feldman Gallery, the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning and the New Museum. She holds an MFA in poetry from Hunter College and an MA and PhD in Performance Studies from New York University. Morris is an Associate Professor of Humanities and Media Studies at Pratt Institute. Her most recent book, Rhyme Scheme, was published in 2012.

Tracie Morris will deliver an Emerging Poets Fellowship public lecture on Tuesday, May 13

Alice Notley

Alice Notley is the author of over twenty five books of poetry, including How Spring Comes (1981), which received the San Francisco Poetry Award, To Say You (1993), The Descent of Alette (1996), Grave of Light: New and Selected Poems 1970-2005, which received the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize, In the Pines (2007), and Culture of One (2011). She has lived in Paris since 1992.

Alice Notley will deliver an Emerging Poets Fellowship public lecture on Tuesday, April 29

Edwin Torres

A self-proclaimed “lingualisualist” rooted in the languages of sight and sound, Edwin Torres is a poet whose highly acclaimed performances and live shows combine vocal and physical improvisation and theater. He is the author of many collections, including The PoPedology of an Ambient Language (2007), In the Function of External Circumstances (2010), Yes Thing No Thing (2011), and Ameriscopia (2014).

Edwin Torres will deliver an Emerging Poets Fellowship public lecture on Tuesday, April 8


Application Process

Completed applications comprise four components:

  1. Application Form (PDF)
  2. Personal Statement
  3. Writing/Publication-focused Résumé or Curriculum Vitae
  4. Work Sample of 5-7 poems, 10 pages maximum
    (Due to the number of applications received, we are unable to return any submissions)

All materials must be mailed to:

Emerging Poets Residency
Poets House
10 River Terrace
New York, NY 10282

Complete applications must be postmarked by December 13, 2013.

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 by February 1, 2014.

Emerging Poets FAQs

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 50,000 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 2014 Emerging Poets Fellowship Program will meet Tuesday evenings, from February 18 to June 3, 2014, skipping April 15, 2014. There will also be a daylong session on a Saturday (date to be determined). A final public reading will take place June 3, 2014. 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 stipend of $150 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 2014.

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 postmarked by December 13, 2013.

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.

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