R127. Poetry Fellowships: How, Why, and What to Do When You Get One

Room 14, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Thursday, March 8, 2018
9:00 am to 10:15 am


Fellowships can seem like a mysterious process. How do you decide which work to submit? What kind of fellowship is right for you? What are judges looking for? Is a fellowship right for what you need? And when you receive a fellowship: how do you best take advantage of it? This panel will address each of these questions as well as questions from the audience. Composed of poets who have received a range of fellowships, this panel will be helpful to both emerging and established poets.


Lindsay Garbutt is the associate editor of Poetry and one of the judges of the Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowships. She cohosts the Poetry Magazine Podcast with Don Share.

Natalie Shapero is the professor of the practice of poetry at Tufts University, an editor at large of the Kenyon Review, and the author of the books Hard Child and No Object. Her awards include a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a Ruth Lilly Fellowship, and a Kenyon Review Fellowship.

Marcus Wicker is the author of Silencer and Maybe the Saddest Thing. He is the recipient of a Ruth Lilly Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation, a Pushcart Prize, the Missouri Review’s Miller Audio Prize, as well as fellowships from Cave Canem, and the Fine Arts Work Center.

Safiya Sinclair is the author of Cannibal, winner of the Metcalf Award from the American Academy of Arts & Letters, a Whiting Writers' Award, and named an American Library Association Notable Book of the Year. She has won a Pushcart Prize, fellowships from Yaddo, Bread Loaf, and the Poetry Foundation.


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside