The 7 - 10 writers accepted into each Baldwin House cohort meet once per week with their fellow writers-in-residence. At the end of the residency period each writer will produce a work of publishable quality for submission to graduate creative writing programs, literary journals, magazines, anthologies, and publishers. Many Baldwin House writers also use their residency period to create full-length performance projects such as plays, choreopoems, screenplays, and one-person shows.
The residency is named for one of modern literature’s most notable African American writers, James Baldwin, who was a prominent voice in the Civil Rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s. Baldwin advocated for social justice and equality for African Americans and other marginalized people and argued continuously for the sanctity of each individual human soul and the power of education and literary expression.