Post Doctoral Associate: CAAPP Creative Writing Fellow (2023-2025)

The Center for African American Poetry and Poetics at the University of Pittsburgh is seeking applicants for a two-year fellowship in creative writing running from September 1, 2023 through August 31, 2025 in a “creative think tank” for African American and African diasporic poetry and poetics, housed in a lively English/ creative writing program. Salary of $48,000 plus benefits.

Fellowship Duties: The fellow will teach one community workshop each year; spend ten hours per week on the Cave Canem Oral History Project; lead one seminar discussion in the course Studio in African American Poetry and Poetics; participate in Co-Lab, the interactive public forum in which visiting writers and artists present their work in progress; and give one public reading with a Q&A. The fellow’s primary attention will be focused on their own poetry and creative work. Poets who have completed an MFA or PhD with creative writing experience are eligible to apply, provided they do not yet have more than one full-length book of poetry or other creative writing published or under contract by the application deadline. Because this is a residential fellowship, we expect fellows to live in the Pittsburgh area, to hold no other substantial teaching, graduate study or fellowship obligations, and to be active participants in the Pittsburgh literary community during the fellowship period.



  • An MFA or PhD with creative writing experience by August 2023;
  • knowledge of African American and/or African diasporic poetry and poetics;
  • experience, or interest in, oral histories and/or library science;
  • creative writing teaching experience.

Desirable: a: record of publication; a book underway; interest in a secondary genre or art form and/or in hybrid or cross-genre exploration.

Apply with a cover letter, C.V. writing sample of up to 15 pages, and the names, titles and email addresses of three recommenders by January 31, 2023.


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