The Millay Colony for the Arts is thrilled to announce Khadijah Queen as the recipient of the Cave Canem Fellowship for Spring 2015. Queen will receive a full month residency with private studio, bedroom, all meals, and a $250 stipend.

The Colony, which offers two-week to one-month residencies to six visual artists, writers and composers every month between April and November, has designated two of each year's 48 coveted spots for a Cave Canem poet. The next deadline for applications is March 1, 2015 for residencies in August through November of this year. Details on applying for the Cave Canem Fellowship are available at their website here

Founded in 1996 by poets Toi Derricotte and Cornelius Eady (two time Millay Alum) to remedy the under-representation and isolation of African American poets in MFA programs and writing workshops, Cave Canem is a home for the many voices of African American poetry and is committed to cultivating the artistic and professional growth of African American poets.

Khadijah Queen is the author of Conduit (Akashic Books 2008) and Black Peculiar (2011), which won the Noemi Press book award for poetry and was a finalist for the Gatewood Prize at Switchback Books. Individual poems and prose appear or are forthcoming in Fence, jubilat, Best American Nonrequired Reading, Rattle, Tupelo Quarterly, Memoir, The Force of What's Possible and widely elsewhere. Her three chapbooks are No Isla Encanta (2007) and bloodroot (summer 2015), both from dancing girl press; Exercises in Painting is forthcoming from Bloof Books. She is the winner of the 2014 Leslie Scalapino Award for Innovative Performance Writing for Non-Sequitur, to be staged by The Relationship in late 2015 along with standalone publication by Litmus Press. Her third collection, Fearful Beloved, will appear in fall 2015 from Argos Books. She works as an editor for a finance company, curates the annual reading series Courting Risk, and is core faculty in poetry for the new low-residency Mile-High MFA at Regis University.

Previous Cave Canem Fellows at The Millay Colony are Kevin Vaughn, Rachel Eliza Griffiths, LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs, and Makalani Bandele. Plans are under way to produce a collaborative reading in NYC in Fall 2015.

Founded in 1973, The Millay Colony offers comfortable private rooms, private studio spaces, all meals, and ample time to work in a quiet, pastoral atmosphere. The facilities are located on the property where the poet Edna St. Vincent Millay lived at the height of her literary career. The campus has seven-acres of meadows and forest in Austerlitz, New York, USA, adjacent to the former Millay home and gardens and the exquisite Harvey Mountain State Forest. 

New! Two application periods per year. Spring deadline is March 1 for residencies in August through November. Details on how to apply available at our website.  
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