2021 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship

DATE: February 4, 2021  

CONTACT: Jamaica Baldwin 

Jamaica Baldwin Receives National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship 

Lincoln, Nebraska—Today, the National Endowment for the Arts announced that Jamaica Baldwin is one of 35 writers who will receive an FY 2021 Creative Writing Fellowship of $25,000. This year’s fellowships are in poetry and enable the recipients to set aside time for writing, research, travel, and general career advancement. Fellows are selected through a highly-competitive, anonymous process and are judged on the basis of artistic excellence of the work sample they provided. Jamaica Baldwin was selected from 1,601 eligible applicants. The full list of FY 2021 Creative Writing Fellows is available here. 

 “The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support these 35 talented poets through Creative Writing Fellowships,” said Amy Stolls, director of literary arts at the Arts Endowment. “These fellowships often provide writers with crucial support and encouragement, and in return our nation is enriched by their artistic contributions in the years to come.” 

Jamaica Baldwin hails from Santa Cruz, CA by way of Seattle. Her poetry has appeared, or is forthcoming, in Prairie Schooner, Guernica, Hayden's Ferry, World Literature Today, The Missouri Review, and TriQuarterly among others. She was the 2019 winner of the San Miguel de Allende Writers Conference Contest in Poetry and a 2020 Tupelo Press Berkshire Prize Runner Up. Her work has been supported by Hedgebrook, Furious Flower, and the Jack Straw Writers Program. Jamaica holds an MFA from Pacific University Oregon and currently lives in Lincoln, NE where she is pursuing her PhD in English at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln. 

Since 1967, the Arts Endowment has awarded more than 3,600 Creative Writing Fellowships totaling over $56 million. Many American recipients of the National Book Award, National Book Critics Circle Award, and Pulitzer Prize in Poetry and Fiction were recipients of National Endowment for the Arts fellowships early in their careers. 

Visit arts.gov to browse bios, artist statements, and writing excerpts from a sample of past Creative Writing Fellows. 

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