Since 2013, through the support of The Jerome Foundation, The Poetry Project has been connecting emerging poets with mentors for a unique fellowship program including intensive one-on-one guidance, publication and performance opportunities, and a $3,000 award. In that time, we’ve been delighted to witness the culmination of so many powerful and important projects, and to hear from past fellows and mentors about ongoing collaboration.
S*an D. Henry-Smith will be working with Fred Moten
Jimena Lucero will be working with Trace Peterson
We are humbled by the vision of both the fellows and the mentors, and can’t wait to follow what comes of their work. We also want to share how especially difficult it was to select just three fellows this year. We received more than 150 applications — a record for the program — and were thrilled with the ambition, originality, and urgency of the work. This year’s mentors received access to all applications, with a pool of semi-finalists identified by Poetry Project staff. In addition to selecting the aforementioned fellows, the mentors identified eight finalists: Chase Berggrun, effie bowen, Amrita Chakraborty, Wo Chan, Valentine Conaty, Adjua Gargi Nzinga Greaves, Omotara James, Nora Treatbaby, and Meagan Gabrielle Washington.
You can read more about each of the fellows and mentors below. And be sure to look for their names in a Monday or Friday Night Reading in the year ahead