EXTENDED Until August 15! – LGBTQ+ Bay Area Emerging Writer Fellowships—

by Jul 28, 2020Announcements

Our first fellows were an incredible part of Foglifter this past six months—we’re sad to see them go, but are so proud of what they accomplished, including the virtual intergenerational reading they curated, which you can watch here:

 

 


Our Elder Fellow Ali Cannon had this to say about his experience:

I recently became part of the Foglifter family, a place to call home for LGBTQ+ writers. I am honored to have been chosen as the recipient of Foglifter’s Emerging Writers Elder Fellowship for 2019–2020. The fellowship supported me to further claim my voice as a transgender Jewish poet who is over 50—an elder by Foglifter standards. After nine months, I feel I have returned writing to the center of my life—place difficult to claim for a transgender elder who has spent much of the past 15 years raising my son and working to support my family.

In addition to publishing my work in Foglifter’s journal, Volume 5, Issue 1, 2020, I was able to put together an incredible intergenerational literary event in collaboration with the transitional-aged youth fellow, Reginald Edmonds. Additionally, I experienced the editorial process, was invited into the center of Foglifter’s annual life, received feedback on my unpublished manuscript, and found myself once again in a community of writers—a feeling I hadn’t had since before my son was born. I have the tools to brave sending my work out into the world in a broader direction and feel raised up to anchor myself to poetry as social justice witnessing in a time of incredible need for truth telling and forging resistance to multiple forms of oppression.

 

If you’re inspired to submit an application, the details are as follows:

Foglifter will award two LGBTQ+ Bay Area Emerging Writer Fellowships that will run from September 2020 through June of 2021. The first will be awarded to an LGBTQ+ transitional-age youth (18–25 years old). The second will be awarded to an LGBTQ+ writer aged 50+ years-old.

These fellowships will amplify LGBTQ+ transitional youth and elders’ marginalized voices and provide them access to a larger literary community. The fellowship stipend ($1,500 each, paid in two disbursements of $750 [October & May]) will reward, encourage, and empower the fellows’ writing. Foglifter will nurture and support their continued writing and publishing, offering them publicity and welcoming them into our literary community with open arms. As fellows, they will also learn publishing and event curation skills, enabling them to further their expertise in the publishing and literary arts world.

Each fellow will have the opportunity to participate in the production cycle of a literary journal issue from start to finish. They can select the part of the process they would like to concentrate on—reading and voting on poetry, prose, or hybrid submissions, community engagement, production, or editing. Additionally, Foglifter will feature the fellows’ writing in Volume 6, Issue 1, to be released in April of 2021. The fellows will read at the release party, alongside five other LGBTQ+ writers published in the issue. Finally, in the spring of 2021, both fellows will collaborate to artistically curate and produce an intergenerational Foglifter reading featuring six LGBTQ+ writers (18-25 or 50+) of their choosing.

With this fellowship, Foglifter hopes to foster intergenerational collaboration and artistic vision-sharing across ages. We aim to strengthen the range of voices heard in the literary and queer community, and to disseminate those new voices to the larger public. We will also uplift the talents of emerging LGBTQ+ writers, providing these emerging artists mentorship to learn new skills in the publishing industry.

Applications, and more information, can be accessed through our Submittable portal.

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https://www.skylightbooks.com/event/live-crowdcast-home-where-you-queer-your-heart-group-reading-editor-miah-jeffra-contributors

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