Dates: 15 – 29 April 2023
Deadline for Submissions: Tuesday 6th December 11.59pm
This two-week residency in New York City, specifically aimed at emerging writers of the African diaspora based in Ireland, will immerse its recipient in one of the most vibrant cities in the world.
The selected poet will be connected with leading cultural partners in New York, including Cave Canem, which was founded in 1996 to remedy the under-representation and isolation of African American poets in the literary landscape. Cave Canem will host the visiting poet for an afternoon at their offices, as well as arrange a dinner for the poet with a Cave Canem Fellow. Cave Canem will also provide an introduction to at least three literary cultural / artistic spaces in NYC (for example, Poets’ House, the Bowery Poetry Club, the Nuyorican Poets Café), along with a tour of the NYPL’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. While in New York, writing space can be found for the successful poet at the NYPL. The residency will culminate with a showcase reading hosted by Cave Canem featuring the poet alongside a Cave Canem Fellow at the Irish Arts Centre, the Hell’s Kitchen home for artists and audiences of all backgrounds who share a passion or appreciation for the evolving arts and culture of contemporary Ireland and Irish America.
Flights and accommodation will be covered for the successful recipient. A stipend of €2,000 will also be awarded to the poet selected.
About Cave Canem
Founded by Toi Derricotte and Cornelius Eady in 1996 to remedy the under-representation and isolation of African American poets in the literary landscape, Cave Canem Foundation is a home for the many voices of African American poetry and is committed to cultivating the artistic and professional growth of African American poets.
A 501-c-3 non-profit literary service organization with administrative and programming headquarters in Brooklyn, NY, Cave Canem has grown from a gathering of 26 poets to become an influential movement with a renowned faculty, high-achieving national fellowship of over 400 and a workshop community of 900.
Cave Canem enjoys over 20 local, regional and national cultural partnerships, among them the Brooklyn Book Festival, where we are a Programming Partner; the Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference, where we are a Literary Partner; and collaborative residencies for fellows at such sites as the Millay Colony for the Arts, the Vermont Studio Center, Community of Writers at Squaw Valley and The Home School.
Cave Canem’s programs and publications enlarge the American literary canon; democratize archives; and expand for students, aspiring poets and readers the notion of what’s possible and valuable in a poem. In Cave Canem, poets of colour find productive space for writing without fear of censure or the need to defend subject matter or language—an intellectual and physical site where they validate their own and their peers’ voices and deeply know that s/he is not “the only one.”
About Irish Arts Center
Irish Arts Center, founded in 1972 and based in Hell’s Kitchen, New York City, is a home for artists and audiences of all backgrounds who share a passion or appreciation for the evolving arts and culture of contemporary Ireland and Irish America.
We present, develop, and celebrate work from established and emerging artists and cultural practitioners, providing audiences with emotionally and intellectually engaging experiences in an environment of Irish hospitality. Steeped in grassroots traditions, we also provide community education programs and access to the arts for people of all ages and ethnic, racial, and socioeconomic backgrounds. In a historic partnership of the people of Ireland and New York, Irish Arts Center recently completed construction on a fully-funded $60MM state-of-the-art new facility to support this mission for the 21st century.