The Poetry Project


As part of our commitment to both place-making and knowledge-making that is collective, rhizomatic, intergenerational, and insurgent, The Poetry Project is pleased to announce the expansion of our Emerge–Surface–Be Fellowship for Emerging Poets Program and the addition of a new Curatorial Fellowship Program.

The first half of 2020 has amplified undercurrents of neglect and inequity which have long been present in our cultural communities. As we look to the 2020-21 season, we once again commit ourselves to building and fostering creative community that challenges notions of margin and center, that is passionately antiracist and liberatory, that practices abolitionist models of care and accountability. Through the frames of both mentorship and curatorial collectivity, we aspire to support a more radical, expansive cultural community, as we work to actively and self-critically consider the different institutional & resource barriers which so often exclude emerging artists, curators, and community-builders. The Poetry Project is committed to offering support that is material, support that is flexible, to our fellows and broader community as we address the shifting possibilities and requirements that are both personal and global. Fellows, mentors, curators, Project staff, and community will work together to honor the provisional and fugitive, the exceptional and the quotidian, the story we collectively write that is both very old and very new.

For the first time since the Emerge–Surface–Be Fellowship began in 2013, we are pleased this year to have support for five mentor/fellow pairings, and to be able to support writers working in a broader range of modes -- including poetry, but also crossing into nonfiction, criticism, and performance. We are grateful and honored that Hannah Black, Farnoosh Fathi, Ariel Goldberg, Wayne Koestenbaum, and John Yau will be joining us as mentors.

We are also excited to welcome three Curatorial Fellows who will each be responsible for programming three events, one event per month in The Poetry Project’s Spring 2021 Season. Interdisciplinarity, formal flexibility and innovation, social engagement and collaboration are welcome. As with all live programming for the 2020-2021 season, curatorial fellows and staff will work together to ensure that all necessary steps are taken to protect the health and safety of all participants.