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Woodberry Poetry Room Creative Fellowship

Inviting poets, writers, translators, artists, composers, and scholars to propose creative projects that would benefit from the resources available at the Poetry Room.

About The Fellowship

Each year, the Creative Fellowship program invites poets, writers, translators, artists, composers, and scholars of contemporary poetry to propose creative projects that would benefit from the resources available in the Woodberry Poetry Room

The Creative Fellow receives a stipend of $4,500, access to the Poetry Room's collections, and in-depth research support from the curatorial staff.

Thanks to the generosity of the T. S. Eliot Foundation, we are pleased to announce that this year's Fellowship recipient will also be offered the opportunity to work on their project at the T. S. Eliot House in Gloucester, Massachusetts. The one-week artistic residency may be scheduled with the Eliot House director within the calendar year of the Creative Fellowship. The house is open to artistic residencies from May 1st-October 31st: specific residency dates are subject to availability.

During certain years, additional Creative Grants (of $1,500) have been made available at the discretion of the Fellowship committee. Grant recipients are announced at the same time as the Fellowship recipient(s).

The next deadline for application is February 15, 2022. 

The Creative Fellowship program at the Woodberry Poetry Room is generously funded by the Dr. Michael & Teresa Anagnostopoulos Fund. We also wish to express our profound thanks to the T. S. Eliot Foundation.

WPR Creative Fellow Eileen Myles


Fellow Tracie Morris in performance
Tracie Morris premieres "The Impossible Man"

Applicants for the WPR Creative Fellowship will be asked to provide:

  • a project description
  • a curriculum vitae
  • a work sample
  • one letter of reference
  • no application fee is required

The Creative Fellowship is open to US-based and international applicants. Applications to conduct a collaborative project with one or more artists are permitted. Collaborative teams should apply using a single form and by designating a single person as the primary contact for the application. 

Applications are accepted via Submittable. The application period begins on December 1st. The next deadline is February 15, 2022. All applicants and recipients will be notified by May 15, 2022.


Please contact us with any questions

Photo of Christina Davis
Christina Davis

Past Recipients


  • WPR Creative Fellowship: Diana Khoi Nguyen & Jane Wong, "Radical Altars to Alter"
  • WPR Creative Grant: Jonathan C. Creasy, "The Library of Voices"




  • WPR Creative Fellowship: Tracie Morris, “The Impossible Man” (a performance project based on the work of the 19th century Shakespearean actor Ira Aldridge)
  • WPR Creative Grants: Tess Taylor, “Roads Not Taken: Pilgrimages with Poets & Poems”


Woodberry Poetry Room grant recipient Christine Finn works in the room.
WPR Creative Grant recipient Christine Finn.