Each year, Just Buffalo Literary Center invites adult poets of all ages and stages of their career to apply for its Poetry Fellowship, which gives one talented writer a cash stipend to live and write in one of the nation’s most vibrant literary cities, plus an opportunity to read at an event curated by Just Buffalo Literary Center. Here are the winners and finalists.
Porsha Olayiwola is a writer, performer, educator and curator who uses afro-futurism and surrealism to examine historical and current issues in the Black, woman, and queer diasporas. She is an Individual World Poetry Slam Champion and is the current poet laureate for the City of Boston. Porsha Olayiwola is the author of the collection i shimmer sometimes, too and is a 2020 Academy of American Poets Poet Laureate Fellow and a 2021 Artist-in-Residence with the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. An MFA candidate at Emerson College, Olayiwola’s work can be found published with the Academy of American Poets, Triquarterly Magazine, Netflix, Wildness Magazine, Redivider, The Boston Globe and elsewhere.
Daniel Garcia’s essays appear or are forthcoming in SLICE, Denver Quarterly, Ninth Letter, Guernica, Hayden’s Ferry Review, The Kenyon Review Online, and elsewhere. Poems appear or are forthcoming in The Puritan, The Arkansas International, Ploughshares, Zone 3, Gulf Coast, and others. A recipient of a Short Prose Prize from Bat City Review and a Poetry Prize from So to Speak, Daniel has received awards and scholarships from Tin House and the New York State Summer Writers Institute, and currently serves as a reader and editorial assistant for Split Lip Magazine. Daniel’s essays also appear as Notables in The Best American Essays.
Benjamin Gucciardi’s first book, West Portal (University of Utah Press, 2021), was selected by Gabrielle Calvocoressi for the Agha Shahid Ali Prize in Poetry. He is also the author of the chapbooks Timeless Tips for Simple Sabotage (Quarterly West, 2021), winner of the 2020 Quarterly West Chapbook contest, and I Ask My Sister’s Ghost (DIAGRAM/New Michigan Press, 2020). His poems have appeared in outlets such as AGNI, Alaska Quarterly Review, Best New Poets, Harvard Review, Orion Magazine and Poetry Daily. In addition to writing, he works with newcomer youth in Oakland, California.
Angela Peñaredondo is a queer nonbinary Filipinx interdisciplinary writer-artist-educator. Peñaredondo is author of Maroon (Jamii Publications), All Things Lose Thousands of Times (Inlandia Institute, winner of the Hillary Gravendyk Poetry Prize). Peñaredondo lives in unceded Gabrielino-Tongva land and is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing and Digital Humanities at California State University, San Bernardino. Their next book, A Nature to be Felt but Never Apprehended is forthcoming on Noemi Press (2023).