The Fellowship in Creative Writing at the Center for African American Poetry and Poetics is a two-year fellowship for poets who have completed an MFA or PhD and have published no more than one full-length book.
While the primary goal is to provide an early-career poet with time and space to pursue their own creative work, the fellow also teaches one community workshop each year; is a guest presenter in the course Studio in African American Poetry and Poetics; participates in Co-Lab, the interactive public forum in which visiting writers and artists present their work in progress; gives one public reading with a Q&A; facilitates one session of the Writers’ Café; and has the option to teach a course at the university.
We at CAAPP are thrilled to announce that Xan Phillips is our next Fellow in Creative Writing.
Xan Phillips is a Whiting Award-winning poet and visual artist from rural Ohio. The recipient of a LAMBDA Literary Award, and the Judith A. Markowitz Award for Emerging Writers, Xan is the author of HULL (Nightboat Books 2019) and Reasons for Smoking, which won the 2016 Seattle Review Chapbook Contest judged by Claudia Rankine. They have received fellowships from Brown University, Callaloo, Cave Canem, The Conversation Literary Festival, Oberlin College, the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, and are the 2021-2023 Center for African American Poetry and Poetics Fellow. Their current projects include an experimental nonfiction manuscript, a book of ekphrastic poetry, and an ever-growing visual art studio practice. Xan’s poetry has appeared in Berlin Quarterly Review, BOMB Magazine, Crazyhorse, Poets.org, and Virginia Quarterly Review and anthologies such as Best Experimental Writing (Weslyan Press 2020) and We Want It All: An Anthology of Radical Trans Poetics (Nightboat Books 2020). Their paintings have been featured in Kenyon Review, The Poetry Project, and the cover of American Poets Magazine. For more, visit Xan at their website.
Runner Up: Nabila Lovelace
Finalists (in alphabetical order):
Imani Elizabeth Jackson
Naima Yael Tokunow