Poetry and the Senses Fellowship Information


what did i know about waters rushing back
what did i know about drowning
or being drowned
-–Lucille Clifton, the lost baby poem

ARC Fellows Program:

Modeled on the pre-existing ARC Fellows Program, the core of the Poetry and the Senses grant will fund working groups that bring together faculty, graduate students, undergraduate students, and local poets. Each group will convene over the course of a year to share creative work/research/ discussion/critique, organized around a wide-ranging theme.


Every year:
-8 Fellows will be chosen, including 2 UC Berkeley Graduate Students, 2 UC Berkeley Undergraduate Students, 2 UC Berkeley Faculty (with course release for 1 semester), and 2 Community Poets.
-Stipends for each fellow are $5,000.


Groups will also have the opportunity to meet with visiting writers, help organize public presentations/readings, be part of a chapbook in partnership with a regional press and/or available free digitally, and have input on a major festival/conference that is free and open to the public.
The theme for 2020 is emergency. What kinds of poetic modes of address might be recruited in times of global catastrophe? How does poetry help us think through and within crisis? “Emergency” implies urgency, sudden harm, life-threatening violence, and extreme circumstances, but embedded within it is the word “emergence;” suggesting rebirth and new beginnings. How can we understand moments of emergency as catalysts for renewal, as ruptures that signal massive—if painful—change?


Applications for the 2020 group are closed.


There will be a second cohort chosen in fall of 2020 for the 2021 year. Please sign-up for the ARC Newsletter to be notified when the applications open. Application FAQs can be found here.