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Anaphora Writing Residency


Anaphora Writing Residency is a ten-day program, designed exclusively for writers of color. The residency will provide genre-specific workshops in fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction. Workshops are held with small groups that meet five or six times throughout the residency. Faculty will also be available for consultation sessions. The residency will feature lectures by faculty, visiting writers, and other guests; roundtable discussions on topics about the literary and publishing industry; a keynote address; pitch madness sessions; and different networking opportunities with fellow writers and professionals from the publishing industry. Participants will also have the opportunity give and attend readings, as well as participate in field trips to local museums and art galleries in Los Angeles. Participants who are also visual artists may have the opportunity to sign up for a master class with the critic-in-residence.  

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Dates and Fees

The residency will run from May 31 through June 9, 2018, at Otis College of Art and Design. The new, extended deadline for applications is February 12, 2018. There is a $20 application fee.

The fee to attend the residency is $3,000, which includes room and board. Notifications will be sent out via email in early March. A $350 deposit fee is required to secure your spot in the residency after notifications go out (the full balance is due in early May). 

Visiting Writers 

Chris Abani, Visiting Writer 

Chris AbaniChris Abani is an acclaimed novelist and poet. His most recent books are The Secret History of Las Vegas, The Face: A Memoir and Sanctificum. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, the PEN/Hemingway Award, An Edgar Prize, A Ford USA Artists Fellowship, the PEN Beyond the Margins Award, a Prince Claus Award, the Hurston Wright Legacy Award, and a Lannan Literary Fellowship, among many honors. Born in Nigeria, he is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a Board of Trustees Professor of English and Comparative Literary Studies at Northwestern University. He lives in Chicago. More at 

Kwame Dawes, Visiting Writer

Kwame DawesGhanaian-Jamaican writer Kwame Dawes is the award-winning author of over twenty books of poetry and numerous books of fiction, non-fiction, criticism and drama. His most recent collection is City of Bones: A Testament (2017).He is Glenna Luschei Editor of Prairie Schooner and Chancellor’s Professor of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and a faculty member of the Pacific MFA program in Oregon. His many awards include the Forward Prize, a Pushcast Prize, an Emmy for his reporting on HIV AIDS in Jamaica, the Barnes and Nobles Writers for Writers Award, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He is Associate Poetry Editor of Peepal Tree Press and co-founder and Program Director of Calabash International Literary Festival in Jamaica.  His collection Duppy Conqueror, New and Selected Poems was  published by Copper Canyon in 2013.

Natalie Diaz, Visiting Writer

Natalie DiazNatalie Diaz was born and raised in the Fort Mojave Indian Village in Needles, California, on the banks of the Colorado River. She is Mojave and an enrolled member of the Gila River Indian Tribe. Her first poetry collection, When My Brother Was an Aztec, was published by Copper Canyon Press. She is a Lannan Literary Fellow and a Native Arts Council Foundation Artist Fellow. She was awarded a Bread Loaf Fellowship, the Holmes National Poetry Prize, a Hodder Fellowship, and a PEN/Civitella Ranieri Foundation Residency, as well as being awarded a US Artists Ford Fellowship. Diaz teaches at the Arizona State University Creative Writing MFA program. She splits her time between the east coast and Mohave Valley, Arizona, where she works to revitalize the Mojave language.

Roxane Gay, Keynote Speaker

Roxane GayRoxane Gay’s writing appears in Best American Mystery Stories 2014, Best American Short Stories 2012, Best Sex Writing 2012, Harper’s Bazaar, A Public Space, McSweeney’s, Tin House, Oxford American, American Short Fiction, Virginia Quarterly Review, and many others. She is a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times. She is the author of the books Ayiti, An Untamed State, the New York Times bestselling Bad Feminist, the nationally bestselling Difficult Women and New York Times bestselling Hunger: A Memoir of My Body. She is also the author of World of Wakanda for Marvel.

Yasmine El Rashidi, Visiting Writer

Yasmine El RashidiYasmine El Rashidi is an Egyptian writer. She is the author of The Battle for Egypt: Dispatches from the Revolution and the novel Chronicle of a Last Summer. She is a regular contributor to The New York Review of Books, and a contributing editor to the Middle East arts and culture quarterly Bidoun.


Guest Speakers 

Anjali Singh, Ayesha Pande Literary

Anjali SinghAnjali Singh is an agent at Ayesha Pande Literary. In her twenty years in publishing, Anjali has worked as a literary scout, an editor Vintage, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and Simon & Schuster and as Editorial Director at Other Press. She is best known for having discovered Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis. As an agent, she is looking for new voices, character-driven fiction and non-fiction works that reflect an engagement with the world around us, YA and MG literature and graphic novels for all ages. Forthcoming projects include Bridgett Davis’ memoir The World According to Fanny Davis: A Daughter’s Tribute to her Mother’s Life in the Detroit Numbers (Little, Brown 2019) and Jabs, Sherine Hamdy and Myra El-Mir’s YA graphic novel about a Muslim-American girl's coming of age. (Dial Books for Young Readers, 2020).

Kirby Kim, Janklow & Nesbit

Kirby KimA native of Los Angeles, California, Kirby graduated from Pomona College and UC Hastings College of the Law. He started at the Charlotte Sheedy Literary Agency and moved on to Endeavor and WME before joining Janklow & Nesbit in 2014. Kirby represents a wide range of literary and commercial authors, young adult and middle grade, narrative nonfiction and pop culture. Some of his clients include sci-fi short story writer Ted Chiang, National Book Award 5 Under 35 honoree Tracy O’Neill, Matt Bell, Melissa Yancy, Malcolm Brooks, Chris Terry, Hilary Hamann, punk icon Richard Hell, Bikini Kill founder Kathleen Hanna, and rapper/actor Common. Kirby is currently a board member of the Asian American Writers Workshop.

Regina Brooks, Serendipity Literary Agency 

Regina BrooksMs. Regina Brooks is the founder and President of Serendipity Literary Agency LLC. Equally at home in the technical world of engineering as in the literary world of writing and editing, Ms. Brooks has over a decade of experience in senior positions at major publishing houses including John Wiley & Sons Inc. and the McGraw-Hill Companies. She is a graduate of the Howard University Publishing Institute in Washington DC. Prior to her publishing career she worked as an aerospace engineer for NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD, and made history as the first African American woman to receive a Bachelors of Science Degree in Aerospace Engineering from the Ohio State University. She is also a graduate of The School of the Arts High School in Rochester, NY. Brooks is the Co-Executive Director of the Y. B. Literary Foundation, a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to promote the reading of literature as a meaningful, lifelong activity and transformative experience for youth. In 2004, she was a finalist for the Stevie Award for Women Entrepreneurs and was honored as the NY Urban Leagues Rising Star. She is listed in International Who’s Who under the categories of Engineering, Technology, Entrepreneurs, and Professional Management. She has been highlighted in several national and international magazines and periodicals, including Forbes, Media Bistro, Writers and Poets, Essence Magazine, Writers Digest Magazine, The Writer, and Sister2Sister magazine and a host of others. Ms. Brooks is a member of the Association of Author Representatives AAR, has edited over 100 published books, and is the author of Writing Great Books For Young Adults (Sourcebooks) the Essence Magazine 2004 Quick Pick children’s book Never Finished! Never Done!, published by Scholastic Inc., and You Really Should Write A Book: How to write, Sell and Market Your Memoir (St. Martin's Press).


This residency is open to adult (18+) writers of color only. Writers of all genres and experience are invited to submit applications. 

About Anaphora Literary Arts

Anaphora Literary Arts is a nonprofit organization and multiple-project platform with the mission to address and educate the public about the literary and artistic work of traditionally under-represented groups and minorities, with a particular focus on artists and writers of color. Anaphora provides opportunities for emerging and established writers and artists of color through public lecture series, roundtable discussions, workshops, selected exhibitions and other activities and events focusing exclusively on the work of minorities.

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