Fellowships

ALSCW/VSC Fellowship

Applications are now available for ALSCW members wishing to apply for the ALSCW/VSC Fellowship, a residency program for writers of poetry, prose, or translations. The fellowship, funded by gracious donations from the ALSCW community, allows the recipient to stay at the Vermont Studio Center, situated in the Vermont countryside, for a month of his or her choosing to become immersed in the craft of writing without the distractions of ordinary life. The ALSCW/VSC Fellowship was first awarded in 2010 to Kami Corban for her manuscript "Little Lives," and the 2011 Fellowship went to poet Joshua Weiner, who recently completed his residency at the VSC in the fall.

During this month, the fellow will have a private studio in the new Maverick Writing building, which is devoted entirely to writing studios. All of the studios are furnished with desks, multiple chairs, and a lamp; equipped with internet access, both wireless and hardwired; and networked to communal printing facilities. Fellows live in single-occupancy rooms in one of ten residency houses, which feature linen service and have shared baths, and are located within a short walk of the studio building and Red Mill Dining Hall. The VSC provides breakfast, lunch, and dinner to residents in the dining hall, where snacks are available to residents twenty-four hours a day.

In addition to the environment and facilities, Writing Residents are able to take advantage of the two Visiting Writers VSC arranges to have at the Center every month. These Visiting Writers not only give readings and a “craft talk,” but they are also made available for individual conferences with residents who have been accepted in the same genre. Past Visiting Writers include longstanding champion of the ALSCW, and the sponsor of last year’s ALSCW/VSC Fellowship, Rosanna Warren; poet Adam Zagajewski, whose poem, "The Piano Lesson," graces the first broadside printed as part of the ALSCW Broadside Series; and Jane Hirshfield, another poet to contribute an original piece - titled "For the Lobria, Usnea, Witches' Hair, Map Lichen, Beard Lichen, Ground Lichen, Shield Lichen" - to the ALSCW Broadside Series.

Those who are interested in applying for the ALSCW/VSC Fellowship may fill out an application online using the VSC's electronic submission system, accessible at http://apply.vermontstudiocenter.org/. Applications may also be sent to the VSC via mail using the form available for download at http://www.vermontstudiocenter.org/application-guidelines/. We are not currently accepting applications at this time. Information concerning the 2013 ALSCW/VSC Fellowship will be made available on our News page at a later date. For more information about the Vermont Studio Center and the programs offered, visit the Center's website at http://www.vermontstudio.org/, or contact them by email at info@vermontstudiocenter.org.

This Fellowship is limited to ALSCW members. Be sure that you have joined or renewed your membership by the time you apply. To do so, please click here, or fill out the membership form available for download here and mail it to the Boston office at 650 Beacon Street, Suite 510, Boston, MA 02215. If you have questions about your membership status, or would like to inquire further about the ALSCW/VSC Fellowship, contact the Association's Boston office via email at office@alscw.org or by phone at 617-358-1990.

We are pleased to partner with the VSC for this fellowship and for other literary ventures such as LiT (Literature in Translation). Literature in Translation provides a one-month residency for a poet and translator pair. The poet and translator are always acknowledged masters, and their role is to inspire the community of artists at VSC and beyond. At the end of their stay, they discuss their work at the Literature in Translation forum. You can read about the most recent LiT forum - which featured Italian poet Patrizia Cavalli and translator and poet Geoferry Brock - on page 9 of Literary Matters 4.4Vermont Studio Center