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

Information about our

cohort of Fall 2021 fellows

can be found here.

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Please check back in late 2021 for more information concerning applications for our Spring 2022 period.


Thanks to a generous multi-year grant from Engaging the Senses Foundation, the Arts Research Center (ARC) is hosting a fellowship program dedicated to exploring Poetry & the Senses. The program is grounded in the relevance and urgency of lyrical making and storytelling in times of political crisis, and the value of engaging the senses as an act of care, mindfulness, and resistance.

We support poetry in its broadest definition; our poetry fellows have had connections in African American Studies; Art Practice; Berkeley Center for New Media; English and Comparative Literature; Electrical Engineering & Computer Science; Global Urban Humanities; Music; Native American Studies; Near Eastern Studies; Rhetoric; Spanish & Portuguese; Theater, Dance and Performance Studies; and Women & Gender Studies departments.

ARC Fellows Program

Modeled on the pre-existing ARC Fellows Program, the core of the grant funds uniquely horizontal working groups that bring together UC Berkeley faculty, graduate students, undergraduate students, and local Bay Area community poets into non-hierarchical cohorts. Each group will convene over a semester to share creative work, research, discussion, and critique, organized around a wide-ranging theme.

Eight fellows will be chosen, two in each category of faculty, graduate, undergraduate, and community poet; each will receive a $3,000 stipend.

Faculty spots are now open to all current UC Berkeley faculty, including lecturers and adjunct faculty! If you are teaching on a grad assistantship, or are in any way designated as a student, you need to apply under the appropriate student category.

Fellows will have the opportunity to:
– Meet twice a month (in-person, online or hybrid!) with the fellows working group to share creative work
– Participate in two readings (including a end of semester group reading)
– Have a blog post published on the ARC Blog
– Interact with visiting writers
– Have their work showcased in a chapbook
– Participate in any projects the group decides on collectively

The theme for fall 2021 is coexistence.

The word coexistence has a spatial component, and implies the sharing of space or cohabitation within overlapping territories; it also has a temporal dimension, suggesting simultaneous presence with others in the same moment in time. We seek fellows whose work engages capaciously with issues of mutuality, synchronicity, interdependence, and care – from enlivening exchanges between beings, to the porous line between animate and inanimate, to the challenges of living together on our planet, to the uncanny shivers of coincidence.


Please read the FAQs about the Poetry & the Senses fellowship here.


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