The Poetry Project


The Poetry Project has always been dedicated to creating spaces for collective learning and exploration that are counterhierarchical, rhizomatic, intergenerational, and insurgent. It is with this dedication that we are honored to offer our Emerge–Surface–Be Fellowship for Emerging Poets.

We are very thrilled to announce that applications are now open for the 2023–2024 Emerge—Surface—Be Fellowship for Emerging Poets. The mentors for this year’s Fellowship program are Andrea Abi-Karam, Kimberly Alidio, Alan Felsenthal, Erica Hunt, and Cedar Sigo.

Submissions for Emerge—Surface—Be are now closed. Selected fellows will be notified in September.

Emerge–Surface–Be is a natural extension of The Poetry Project’s program offerings. It formalizes the distinct yet unspoken pedagogical aspect of The Poetry Project’s programs while providing a unique opportunity to support, develop, and present emerging NYC ­based poets of promise.

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. Our mentors will each select an emerging poet to work with.

Over the course of nine months, Fellows will be given the opportunity to work one-on-one with their Mentor to develop their craft; explore publication and performance opportunities; and reflect on the professional and community-based dimensions of a writing life. Meetings between Fellows and Mentors can take place both in-person and virtually. Ideal Fellows will have a project they are working on or want to embark upon, and feel that they would benefit from guidance and support. Each Fellow will receive an award of $2,500. In adherence with US tax requirements, ESB Fellows will be issued an IRS 1099 Form.

Read more about the Emerge—Surface—Be Fellowship program, timeline, and eligibility requirements here.

Submit here.

Please note: due to the volume of submissions, we cannot consider applications that aren’t submitted via this link. If you have any questions about the submission process, or run into any difficulties submitting your application, please reach out to our Communications Director, Will Farris.