The Emerging Poets Fellowship at Poets House provides writing workshops and mentoring in the special environment of Poets House's library—including its unique archives and access to far-reaching programs and conversations with poets and poetry audiences. Fellows are required to attend weekly evening workshops in the space, engage in one-on-one mentoring sessions, meet with published poets and editors, and participate in special events. This fellowship and a modest stipend are offered to participants free of charge thanks to a generous grant from the Jerome Foundation.

The Emerging Poets Fellowship will run for fifteen weeks between March and June 2019, with a culminating reading in to be held at Poets House. Classes will run on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 - 8:30 PM. This year's workshop coordinator will be Anselm Berrigan.

Applicants to the Emerging Poets Fellowship at Poets House must reside in one of the five boroughs of New York City. Students who are or will be enrolled in any degree granting program or fellowship during Spring 2019, or are less than a year removed from their degree (college or graduate) are ineligible. 

Please be sure to look at our FAQ before applying.

Completed applications will include the following materials:

  1. A one-page Personal Statement outlining how this fellowship will impact your practice 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/or-performance-focused Résumé or Curriculum Vitae
  3. A  Work Sample of 5-7 pages of poetry.

Applications will be reviewed by a selection panel comprised of published poets and Poets House staff.  The panel will assess and rank all applicants according to the following criteria: 

  • Merit of work, based on submitted Work Sample
  • Record of practice/artistic affiliation, based on Résumé/Curriculum Vitae and professional references 
  • Financial and personal need, as indicated in the personal statement

The application period will close at 11:59 PM on December 29, 2018.

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