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University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus:
MLA: English
The Fellowship in
Creative Writing at the
Center for African American
Poetry and Poetics

Location: Pittsburgh, PA

Closes: Jan 31, 2017 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time
(GMT-5 hours)

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 Interfolio by January 31, 2017.