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Poetry Fellowship

Keith Wilson Just Buffalo Poetry Fellowship

2020 Winner: Keith S. Wilson


Keith S. Wilson is a game designer, an Affrilachian Poet, and a Cave Canem fellow. He is a recipient of an NEA Fellowship, an Elizabeth George Foundation Grant, and an Illinois Arts Council Agency Award, and has received both a Kenyon Review Fellowship and a Stegner Fellowship. Additionally, he has received fellowships or grants from Bread Loaf, Tin House, the MacDowell Colony, Vermont Studio Center, UCross, the Millay Colony, and James Merrill House, among others. Keith was a Gregory Djanikian Scholar, and his poetry has won the Rumi Prize and been anthologized in Best New Poets and Best of the Net. His book, Fieldnotes on Ordinary Love (Copper Canyon), was recognized by the New York Times as a best new book of poetry.

Keith’s nonfiction has won an Indiana Review Nonfiction Prize and the Redivider Blurred Line Prize, and has been anthologized in the award-winning collection Appalachian Reckoning: A Region Responds to Hillbilly Elegy. His poetry and prose have appeared in Elle, Poetry, The Kenyon Review, and Crab Orchard Review, among others.

Keith’s work in game design includes “Once Upon a Tale,” a storytelling card game designed for Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago in collaboration with The Field Museum of Chicago, and alternate reality games (ARGs) for the University of Chicago. He has worked with or taught new media with Kenyon College, the Field Museum, the Adler Planetarium, and the University of Chicago.





Mary-Kim Arnold is the author of the poetry collection The Fish & The Dove (Noemi Press, 2020) and Litany for the Long Moment (Essay Press, 2018), an experimental memoir of her adoption from Korea. Other writing has appeared in such publications as Conjunctions, Hyperallergic, Poem-a-Day, The Georgia Review, The Denver Quarterly, and The Rumpus, among others. She teaches in the Nonfiction Writing Program at Brown University and in the Newport MFA at Salve Regina University.




NOVA CYPRESS BLACK aka KING NOVA aka DJ TENDER TOP is the quiet one yo mama warned you about. A Black queer supremacist. Existentially tired & 100% over being realistic. They write, rap, dance, choreograph, teach, direct & mind they business. This introvert is a slant rhyme. gold cutlery. a fistful of sunflower seeds.

credit: Matthew Lansburgh



Armen Davoudian’s poems and translations from Persian appear in AGNI, Narrative, The Sewanee Review, and elsewhere. His chapbook, Swan Song, won the 2020 Frost Place Chapbook Competition and is forthcoming from Bull City Press. He grew up in Isfahan, Iran and is currently a PhD candidate in English at Stanford University.




Benjamin Garcia’s first collection, THROWN IN THE THROAT (Milkweed Editions, August 2020), was selected by Kazim Ali for the 2019 National Poetry Series. He works as a Sexual Health and Harm Reduction Educator throughout the Finger Lakes region of New York. His poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in: AGNI, American Poetry Review, Foglifter, Kenyon Review, and New England Review.




Michael Prior is a Nikkei writer and teacher. He is the author of Burning Province (McClelland & Stewart/Penguin Random House, 2020) and Model Disciple (Véhicule Press, 2016). His poems have appeared in The New Republic, Narrative, Poetry, Poetry Northwest, The Margins, PN Review, and the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day series, among other publications. Michael holds graduate degrees from the University of Toronto and Cornell University. He divides his time between Saint Paul, MN, and Vancouver, B.C.

Just Buffalo Literary Center invites adult poets of all ages and stages of their career to apply for its Poetry Fellowship.

Give yourself the space to write and the time to focus.
Live in one of the nation’s most vibrant literary cities.
Opportunity to read at an event curated by Just Buffalo Literary Center.

Applications for the 2020 JBLC Poetry Fellowship are now closed.

The Fellowship Award

  • A $1,500 stipend
  • One month of free lodging during August 2020 in a beautiful apartment in one of Buffalo’s most vibrant neighborhoods
  • An opportunity to read at an event curated by Just Buffalo Literary Center

Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicants must be 21 years or older
  • A completed application must be received by 11:59 p.m. on May 15, 2020 (incomplete applications will NOT be considered)
  • Past or present employees of Just Buffalo Literary Center are NOT eligible to apply


We’re committed to honoring a poet as our inaugural Fellow in 2020, recognizing that the in-person components may need to be adjusted to align with public health guidelines.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can apply?

The purpose of this fellowship is to enable recipients to set aside time for writing, travel, and general career advancement. We invite applications from adult poets of all ages and stages of their career.

When can I apply?

Each year, Just Buffalo begins accepting applications around the end of February, with a submission deadline in the middle of May.

What languages can I use on my application?

Just Buffalo Literary Center is committed to equal opportunity and nondiscrimination. At this time, we can only accept applications in English.

How is the winning Fellow selected?

The writing sample is the most important component of the application. Writing samples will be considered based on artistic merit. Application materials will be reviewed and voted on in elimination rounds which produce a smaller pool for each round until the selected Fellow has been selected.

When will the winner of the fellowship be announced?

Applications will be reviewed in May and early June, with the Fellow announced in mid-July 2020.

What about COVID-19?

We’re committed to honoring a poet as our inaugural Fellow in 2020, recognizing that the in-person components may need to be adjusted to align with public health guidelines.

Questions about the fellowship?

Email info@justbuffalo.org with “Fellowship Question” in your subject line, or call (716) 832-5400.