New James Merrill Poetry Fellowships

Maverick Studio Building on the Gihon River, Matt Neckers ©2018

Maverick Studio Building on the Gihon River, Matt Neckers ©2018

The late James Merrill was recognized as an esteemed poet of his time. Merrill was known for transforming autobiographical content into complex and sensitive meditations in his poetry. In honor of his legacy, we are pleased to offer three (3) James Merrill Poetry Fellowships at our June 15th, 2019 Fellowship Deadline, supported by the Hellen Plummer Charitable Foundation.

These merit-based fellowships will be awarded to extraordinary American poets with demonstrable need. Each of the Merrill Fellows will pursue their work in the James Merrill writing studio, established by the Hellen Plummer Foundation in 2008 and overlooking the Gihon River.  In addition, each fellow will receive a $500 stipend to help cover expenses associated with a residency (such as travel, childcare, or lost wages). Applicants must be able to demonstrate financial need. For application details and eligibility requirements, visit www.vermontstudiocenter.org/fellowships.

The deadline to submit an application is Tuesday, October 1st, 2019 at 11:59pm, Eastern.


…the community of artists that I have met here will sustain me for years to come. These relationships have been forged through a diversity of shared culture and world views, a deep empathy and the will to change the world in a positive direction. I can’t imagine any other way we would have all met. This span of time and space, with the tranquil beauty of Vermont in the background, has allowed me to make the relationships that will hold me accountable to continue the evolution of my work.  –  Mike Soto , James Merrill Poetry Fellow

…the community of artists that I have met here will sustain me for years to come. These relationships have been forged through a diversity of shared culture and world views, a deep empathy and the will to change the world in a positive direction. I can’t imagine any other way we would have all met. This span of time and space, with the tranquil beauty of Vermont in the background, has allowed me to make the relationships that will hold me accountable to continue the evolution of my work.
Mike Soto, James Merrill Poetry Fellow

As a mother to three young children, it’s more than challenging to get the necessary blocks of time to delve into creative work effectively. This residency has been an absolute gift, a true blessing for my poet self.    My time at VSC has transformed me in ways that I have not anticipated. When I arrived, I had two projects in mind: to complete a full manuscript of poems and to work on a collection of essays in progress. What happened instead was that I was able to really explore the depths of water (no pun intended!) as metaphor for home, a subject that I often explore in my work, but not to this level.  -  Leslieann Hobayan , James Merrill Poetry Fellow

As a mother to three young children, it’s more than challenging to get the necessary blocks of time to delve into creative work effectively. This residency has been an absolute gift, a true blessing for my poet self.

My time at VSC has transformed me in ways that I have not anticipated. When I arrived, I had two projects in mind: to complete a full manuscript of poems and to work on a collection of essays in progress. What happened instead was that I was able to really explore the depths of water (no pun intended!) as metaphor for home, a subject that I often explore in my work, but not to this level.
- Leslieann Hobayan, James Merrill Poetry Fellow