Thank you for your interest in the Summer Poet in Residence (SPiR) at the University of Mississippi. The residency supports a poet who desires a quiet, beautiful location in which to further his or her work, and it lasts four weeks, from June 15 to July 15
In the summer of 1999, I was awarded a Summer Residency from the University of Arizona Poetry Center and I lived for a month in the charming “poet’s house” on the UA campus. In the years since, I’ve reflected on what a special opportunity that was. Here at the University of Mississippi, we’ve been able to establish a similar residency in the hopes that other writers could receive similar nourishment and support.
—-Beth Ann Fennelly, Director
2013 SpiR: Joshua Kryah from Fairfax, VA
Joshua Kryah is the author of two poetry collections, We Are Starved (2011), published by the University of Colorado Press as part of its New Mountain West Poetry Series, and Glean (2007), selected by Donald Revell for the 2006 Nightboat Books Poetry Prize. His poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, FIELD, Gulf Coast, The Iowa Review, and Ploughshares, among others.
He is the recipient of a 2013 NEA fellowship and is currently the Thornton Writer-in-Residence at Lynchburg College. His awards include the Michael W. Gearhart Prize from The Southwest Review, selected by Timothy Liu, and the Third Coast Poetry Prize, selected by Carolyn Forché.
Joshua received his MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and his PhD from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where he was a Schaeffer Fellow. He has been poetry editor of Witness magazine since 2007. He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington, DC area, where he is currently at work on two manuscripts: Closen, a verse drama about the life and work of the British peasant poet John Clare and the English Enclosure Acts of the 19th century; and Holy Ghost People, a meditation on glossolalia.
Click HERE to read one of Joshua’s poems!
Traci Brimhall, 2012 SPiR, at her reading at Square Books; photo by Gaetano Catelli.
- 2012: Traci Brimhall
- 2011: Jay Leeming
- 2010: Sandra Beasley
- 2009: Jake Adam York
- 2008: Tung-Hui Hu
- 2007: Paula Bohince
The residency is designed for poets who have at least one full length book (either published or under contract) and no more than two books. Chapbooks are not full length books. Eligible poets are encouraged to apply.
Housing and Accommodations
The SpiR receives housing, a travel reimbursement, and an honorarium of $2,000 thanks to the generosity of The Department of English, The College of Liberal Arts, and the Division of Outreach and Continuing Education. In addition, the SPiR will receive ten broadsides of his or her work, designed by Jan Murray.
The residency is designed to provide ample writing time to the SPiR while also allowing the University of Mississippi’s summer course offerings to be enriched by the presence of a active poet on campus.To this end, the SPiR will be involved in the campus community and the University of Mississippi MFA program by giving a poetry reading and making 1-2 class visits a week. The SpiR will also be invited to serve as judge for the Yalobusha Review’s Yellowwood Poetry Prize. As judge, the SPiR will be given ten finalist poems by the editorial staff and will select the winner and any honorable mentions.
To apply, please send by January 15:
- a ten-page work sample.
- a resume that includes the names and contact information of three recommenders. Please don’t send separate letters of recommendation; merely include on your resume the names and contact information of three recommenders.
- a letter of intent. In your letter, you may address why the residency would be helpful to you at this juncture in your career, and what kind of class visits you’d like to make.
- a self-addressed, stamped envelope for notification of the winner.
Beth Ann Fennelly, SPiR Director
Department of English
Bondurant Hall C-135
P. O. Box 1848
University, MS 38677-1848