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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Cleveland's Twelve Literary Arts Launches a New Writers-in-Residence Program

Posted By on Wed, Feb 13, 2019 at 11:50 AM

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 A renowned feminist, social justice activist and LGBTQ advocate, Cleveland native Barbara Smith [pictured], the co-founder of the Combahee River Collective and the Kitchen Table Press, has published works such as Rosario Morales' This Bridge Called My Back.

As a way of acknowledging her significance, the locally based Twelve Literary Arts (TLA) has formed the Barbara Smith Writers-in-Residence Program for poets and writers of color from Northeast Ohio and beyond. Four writers (poets, playwrights, fiction writers, journalists, and essayists) will each receive three-month residencies to complete literary works that are in progress.  Organizers will select two writers from Northeast Ohio and two from outside of Ohio. The residency is one of the few of its kind to provide resources and funding to writers of color in the United States.

“Twelve Literary Arts is proud to do our part in helping poets and writers of color bring important literary works to completion,” says Daniel Gray-Kontar, Executive Artistic Director of Twelve Literary Arts, in a press release about the program. “We are also proud to do our part in making sure that Cleveland enters the conversation as one of the literary arts capitals in this nation.”

All writers will receive a $5,000 stipend and work space at Twelve Literary Arts. Visiting writers will receive lodging and transportation. Writers must have completed graduate or undergraduate studies by the time of the residency and have a literary work they are seeking to finish.



Twelve Literary Arts began taking applications today. Applications will continue to be accepted until March 8.

The two Northeast Ohio writers-in-residence positions will be announced on April 1. An independent panel of five judges from across the state of Ohio will pick the winners.

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