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Emerging Poets Fellowship at Poets House

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Now in its eighth year, the Emerging Poets Fellowship at Poets House provides poets with 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 extensive 70,000-volume library, unique archives, and wide-ranging programs. Tuition is free to those accepted into the program. 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.

Fellows participate in a semester-long workshop taught by an established poet. They 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. Special visits from editors and publishers are also part of the program.

Funded annually by a generous grant from the Jerome Foundation, the fifteen-week program facilitates artistic, professional, and personal development through weekly workshops, individualized mentoring sessions, 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.

The 2019 Emerging Poets Fellowship program will run March 2019 to June 2019.

2019 Fellowship

The 2019 Emerging Poets Fellowship will be led by Anselm Berrigan. Distinguished Visiting Faculty include Steven Alvarez, Cornelius Eady, and Simone White. 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.

Emerging Poets Fellowship Workshop Coordinator: Anselm Berrigan
Anselm Berrigan Anselm Berrigan is a poet, teacher, and editor. His books of poetry include the just-released Something for Everybody, Come In Alone (2016), Primitive State (2015), Notes from Irrelevance (2011), and Free Cell (2009). He is also co-author of two collaborative books: Loading, with visual artist Jonathan Allen (2013), and Skasers, with poet John Coletti (2012). He is the current poetry editor for The Brooklyn Rail , and co-editor with Alice Notley and Edmund Berrigan of The Collected Poems of Ted Berrigan (2005) and the Selected Poems of Ted Berrigan (2011). From 2003-2007 he was Artistic Director of The Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church, where he also hosted the Wednesday Night Reading Series for four years. He is Co-Chair, Writing at the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts interdisciplinary MFA program, and also teaches part-time at Brooklyn College and Pratt Institute. He received a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants to Artists Award in 2017, and in 2014 was awarded a Robert Rauschenberg Residency by the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation. He lives in New York City, where he also grew up in the late 1970s and through the 1980s.

Guest Faculty: Steven Alvarez
Steven Alvarez Steven Alvarez is the author of The Codex Mojaodicus, winner of the 2016 Fence Modern Poets Prize. He has also authored the novels in verse The Pocho Codex (2011) and The Xicano Genome (2013), both published by Editorial Paroxismo, and the chapbooks, Tonalamatl, El Segundo's Dream Notes (2017, Letter [r] Press), Un/documented, Kentucky (2016, winner of the Rusty Toque Chapbook Prize), and Six Poems from the Codex Mojaodicus (2014, winner of the Seven Kitchens Press Rane Arroyo Poetry Prize). His work has appeared in the Best Experimental Writing (BAX), Asymptote, Berkeley Poetry Review, Fence, Huizache, The Offing, and Waxwing.

Guest Faculty: Cornelius Eady
Cornelius Eady Cornelius Eady is the author of seven books of poetry, including the critically acclaimed Hardheaded Weather, which was nominated for an NAACP Image Award, Victims of the Latest Dance Craze, winner of the 1985 Lamont Prize from the Academy of American Poets, and The Gathering of My Name, which was nominated for the 1992 Pulitzer Prize. With poet Toi Derricote, Eady is cofounder of Cave Canem, a national organization for African American poetry and poets. He is the recipient of an NEA Fellowship in Literature, a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in Poetry, a Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship to Bellagio, Italy, and The Prairie Schooner Strousse Award. He is a professor at SUNY Stony Brook Southhampton

Guest Faculty: Simone White
Simone White Simone White was born in Middletown, Connecticut, and raised in Philadelphia. She is the author of three collections, Dear Angel of Death, Of Being Dispersed, and House of Envy of All the World, the poetry chapbook Unrest, and the collaborative poem/painting chapbook Dolly, with Kim Thomas. Her poetry and prose have been featured in publications such as New York Times Book Review, Harper’s Magazine, BOMB Magazine, Chicago Review, and Harriet: The Blog, and her honors include a 2017 Whiting Award, Cave Canem Foundation fellowships, and recognition as a New American Poet for the Poetry Society of America, in 2013. The former Program Director at The Poetry Project, she recently joined the University of Pennsylvania, where she teaches Poetry and Poetics and African American Studies.

Application Process

Poets House welcomes applications via Submittable. Applications to the 2019 Fellowship open on September 15, 2018. The deadline for applications to the 2019 Fellowship is December 1, 2018. Applicants are reviewed by a selection panel comprised of poets as well as Poets House staff. The panel takes into consideration the applicant's creative work and related achievements and financial/personal need. Accepted applicants will be notified by February 1, 2019. The application consists of three parts:
  1. 1.A one-page personal statement outlining how this fellowship will impact your career and how you will use this opportunity, as well as ideas for any potential “uses” of the Poets House library. 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, one poem per page
The application period will close at 11:59 PM on Saturday, December 1, 2018.

Questions? Please visit the Poets House Emerging Poets Fellowship FAQ page or reach out to program coordinator Gia Gonzales.