The Barbara Smith Residency

Barbara Smith

The Barbara Smith Writer-in-Residence program facilitates in bringing substantive literary work by writers of color to completion for publication. It is named in honor of Cleveland’s renowned feminist, social justice activist, and LGBTQ advocate, Barbara Smith, who is also co-founder of the Combahee River Collective and The Kitchen Table Press, which published works like “This Bridge Called My Back” by Rosario Morales.

The program offers two application periods for local and national writers. Twelve Literary Arts, based in Cleveland, provides cost of travel, an apartment and a $5,000 stipend to national writers. Writers selected for the 1-3 month residency have the support of TLA staff and community partners through mentorship, peer editing, and public readings and salons, writers undergo an immersive experience.


Meet the former and current residents of the Barbara Smith Writer-in-Residence program




For More Information about this program, please contact our Director of Programs in Residence: