CAAPP Creative Writing Fellowship

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. 

The full application can be found here!


We at CAAPP are thrilled to announce that Xan Phillips is our 2021-23 Fellow in Creative Writing.

Xan Phillips

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. He has 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. His 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,, 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). His paintings have been featured in Kenyon Review, The Poetry Project, and the cover of American Poets Magazine. For more, visit Xan at his website.

Runner Up: Nabila Lovelace

Finalists (in alphabetical order):

Diamond Forde
Niki Herd
Imani Elizabeth Jackson
Naima Yael Tokunow



Past Fellows

2019-2021: Justin Phillip Reed

Inaugural, 2017-2019: Rickey Laurentiis