Lannan Fellows Program

If you’ve ever wanted to spend a year immersed in contemporary poetry, meet and talk to acclaimed writers and scholars, then the Lannan Fellows Program will be of interest to you.In concert with the Folger Shakespeare Library’s O.B. Hardison Poetry Series, Lannan Center offers Georgetown graduate and undergraduate students a chance to attend poetry readings and performances, informal seminars and catered dinners with visiting writers, where they may socialize with guest artists and other figures from the poetry community. You do not have to be a poet to apply for the fellowship, but you should have an vested interest in poetry and the way it operates in our world.

The program runs for the academic year and has three requirements:

  • Fellows attend all of the Reading and Talks readings and the Symposium (there are approximately 4 events per semester);
  • In the Spring semester Fellows enroll in the Lannan Poetry Seminar, an advanced (3-credit) course in poetry and poetics built around the year’s reading series. The Lannan Poetry Seminar encourages dynamic critical thinking and creativity with a view to examining literary forms and practices; the work of individual authors; the relationship between writing and other arts; and the place of writing in contemporary culture. Fellows study and discuss the work of the year’s scheduled guests and then produce an independent final project (creative or critical) under the guidance of the instructor. There are also opportunities for students to share their own writing and, importantly, to participate in a service-learning component—organizing and facilitating educational outreach efforts in the D.C. community.
  • You must be a Georgetown student to qualify for the fellowship. However, you do not have to be an English major/grad student.

For further information, please contact Lannan Readings and Talks Series Director Professor Carolyn Forché or Lannan Center Program Coordinator Patricia Guzman.

How to Apply

To apply, please write a letter of intent in which you explain your interest in becoming a Lannan Fellow. How might this intensive contact with the study of poetry as a particular genre, as well as with various writers, stimulate your creative and intellectual goals? You should state clearly what experience, if any, you’ve had with poetry or the other creative arts (writing, criticism, or fine arts courses you’ve taken; literary, visual, or performance genres that interest you).

Again, you do not need to be a poet to apply to the program, but you should have had some prior acquaintance with the practice or the study of the arts (in or outside of class) in order to benefit fully from the year’s events. You should demonstrate a firm interest in contemporary arts and letters and must show evidence of a serious commitment to independent study.

The letter should be approximately 250 words. Please also include your contact information (email address and phone number). Please e-mail your application to Professor Forché and cc Jessica.

Applications are due Wednesday, September 14, 2016.