The Barbara Smith Writer-in-Residence Program is made possible thanks to the generosity of The George Gund Foundation.
Elizabeth de Souza
March - June 2020 Writer-in-Residence
July - October 2019 Playwright-in-Residence
December - March 2020 Poet-in-Residence
The Barbara Smith Writer-in-Residence program provides a safe creative space for established poets and writers of prominence and emerging writers of promise to bring a current project to completion.
Twelve Literary Arts offers FOUR residency opportunities from 2019-2020 to poets, fiction writers, journalists, essayists, and playwrights of color. Two residents will be selected from Northeast Ohio and two will be selected from outside Northeast Ohio. Residents not from the United States are also encouraged to apply.
The residency period for poets and writers not from NE Ohio is 3 months.
The residency period for poets and writers visiting NE Ohio is 1 - 3 months.
Each resident will receive:
This writer-in-residence opportunity is for individuals who will have graduated from undergraduate or graduate school by the time the residency period begins.
Residents from abroad will need to pay for travel.
Applications/recommendations should include:
About Barbara Smith
Barbara Smith is a writer, educator, social activist and Cleveland native. She is co-founder of the historic feminist group Combahee River Collective, co-founder of Kitchen Table: Women of Color Press—a press dedicated to publishing work by women writers of color, and one of the first academicians to teach a course on Black women writers. Her work uplifting the voices and fighting for the rights of Black women, women of color, and the LGBTQ community has spanned almost half a century.
To learn more about Barbara Smith, visit her website.