Writers in Residence

Lannan Center currently hosts two residence programs, the Lannan Foundation Chair in Poetics and the Caine Prize Residency.

Lannan Foundation Chair in Poetics: This is a visiting position at Georgetown, with a tenure of one to three years, to be held by a distinguished writer and public intellectual from the United States or overseas. Providing intellectual steerage during his or her tenure, the Chair in Poetics lends visibility, focusing energy and imaginative scope to the programs on offer. In any given year, the holder convenes significant public events in accord with his or her interests; and teaches in the undergraduate or graduate curriculum. The Chair in Poetics is unique among residencies at the Lannan Center in that it is designed to allow the holder to exercise leadership in the Center’s programs, through consultation with other faculty members.

Caine Prize Residency: This position is awarded annually to the winner of the Caine Prize for African Writing. The Caine Prize is named in memory of the late Sir Michael Caine, former Chairman of Booker plc and was first awarded in 2000. Since 2007, the Lannan Center and the GU English Department have partnered with the Caine Prize committee to sponsor a one-month residency at Georgetown for the winner. During their time here, the Caine Prize winner visits classes and gives readings at Georgetown and in the DC Metro area, providing the public a critical introduction to contemporary African literature. You can learn more about the Caine Prize at its website caineprize.com.