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The Loft Spoken Word Immersion Fellowship


The Loft invites application for the final year of its Spoken Word Immersion Fellowship for artists of color and Indigenous artists. The fellowship provides writers financial support and professional assistance to develop and implement community learning and enrichment plans. 

Winners receive grants of $8,000 to underwrite projects of their own design. At least one winner will be a Minnesota resident. Four winners will be selected. The deadline to apply was October 20, 2017 at 11:59 p.m.


Congratulations to the 2017-2018 Spoken Word Immersion Fellows, who will pursue the following projects:

Reed Bobroff will visit three Indigenous communities to lead poetry workshops in schools to support healthy identity, emotional, and community development. Additionally, he will coach teachers in how to facilitate these workshops and tailor them to their classrooms to continue to empower their youth.

May Lee-Yang will launch The Dead Hmong Woman Project, which will include community workshops to generate poems around the violence done to Hmong women. She will also produce four video poems that will be part of an online campaign/conversation around violence against women.

Morgan Butler will seek to create a hub of and safe artistic space for queer, black, femme writers; produce a multimedia presentation of healing through trauma through art; and provide tangible testimony of incorporating intersectionality and radical healing in creative writing pedagogy, all in the DC, Maryland, and Virginia area.

Keno Evol will teach Black Lines Matter at The Loft Literary Center. Black Lines Matter is the first public, multi-generational, multi-experience writing classroom covering black protest poetry in the state of Minnesota. (Keno is an independent teaching artist and not an employee of The Loft Literary Center).

The Loft Spoken Word Immersion Fellowship is made possible by the Surdna Foundation.