Dream Space will serve as a creative space where CAAPP will host the development of new work by poets, scholars, poet-scholars, and other artistic practitioners whose work intersects with African American and African diasporic poetry and poetics. Visiting guests will be afforded funding, time, and space to do research and think at their leisure, meet and collaborate with one another and Pittsburgh-area writers on new projects, and participate in other events as necessary. In Dream Space, we encourage cross-genre and cross-disciplinary collaboration. Dream Space is now in its roll-out phase. As currently imagined, it is composed of two arms:
Fellowship in Creative Writing at the Center for African American Poetry and Poetics:
Two-year fellowship in a “creative think tank” for African American and African diasporic poetry and poetics, housed in a lively English/ creative writing program, beginning fall 2017. $48,000 salary per year and health benefits provided. The fellow will teach one community workshop each year; lead seminar discussions in the course Studio in African American Poetry and Poetics; participate in Co-Lab, the interactive public forum in which visiting writers and artists present their work in progress; and give one public reading with a Q&A. The Fellow's primary attention will be focused on their own poetry and creative work. Poets who have completed an MFA or PhD with creative writing experience are eligible to apply, provided they do not yet have more than one full-length book of poetry or other creative writing published or under contract by the application deadline. Required: An MFA or PhD with creative writing experience by August 2017; knowledge of African American and/or African diasporic poetry and poetics; and creative writing teaching experience. Desirable: record of publication; first book underway; interest in a secondary genre or art form and/or in hybrid or cross-genre exploration. Because this is a residential fellowship, we expect fellows to live in the Pittsburgh area, to hold no other substantial teaching, graduate study or fellowship obligations, and to be active participants in the Pittsburgh literary community during the fellowship period. Applicants should send a cover letter, C.V., writing sample of up to 15 pages, and three letters of recommendation to https://apply.interfolio.com/39187 by January 31, 2017.
The CAAPP Residency Program
We plan to offer both individual and collaborative residencies, where the goal is to create a single work and present that work (or work in progress) to students, faculty, and community members at Co-Lab, a space where audience members will ask the presenter(s) to engage with outside texts to further the creators’ understanding of their own work in progress. The collaborative residency will invite teams of poets, scholars, poet-scholars, artists, lawyers, physicists, architects, and thinkers and makers of all varieties, to come together to create a collaborative work in the broader field of poetics for a month or several months at a time. This will be a space for visionary enactment.