Beltway Poetry Quarterly

Deep South

Atlantic Center for the Arts

Atlantic Center for the Arts, 1414 Art Center Ave., New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168 (800) 393-6975 or (904) 427-6975. Work with rotating Master Artists in residence, 3 weeks, fees charged; each Master Artist selects 8 participants in their artistic discipline. (visual, literary, performing, and media arts)

Buffalo National River

Buffalo National River, AIR Program, PO Box 1173, Harrison, AR 72601 (870) 741-5443. 4 residencies per year of up to 3 weeks during March, July, and October in the Arkansas Ozarks. The National Park encompasses 135 miles of river and three designated wilderness areas. Towering, multi-colored bluffs, pastoral fields, prehistoric and historic cultural sites. Artist asked to contribute a piece of work and/or offer a public program. Accommodations in park housing with electricity and running water; housing may be shared. Open to professional visual and performing artists, writers, video/filmmakers, and composers (visual, performing, literary, media arts)


Cannonball, Visiting Residency Program, 1035 N. Miami Ave., Suite 300, Miami, FL 33136. Tel: (786) 347-2360. Located in a former warehouse in downtown Miami. Residencies of 1 to 3 months. Artists pay monthly fee, which includes live/work studio, parking space, shared kitchen, laundry, lounge areas. Favors cross-disciplinary arts and collaboration. 15 artists live in the space long-term; one space is reserved for visiting and international artists. (literary, visual, performing, and media arts)

Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts

Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts, PO Box 734, Frederiksted, Virgin Islands 00841. Located in a restored building on the waterfront on the western edge of the U.S. Virgin Island of St. Croix. Accommodates 2 or 3 artists at a time for residencies of one to four weeks during the Summer, Spring, Fall or Winter session. Facilities include a full-equipped ceramics studio with several wheels and a kiln. Apartments include private kitchens and bathrooms, overlooking an intimate courtyard above the museum center. Fees charged weekly, except for participants in the Teaching Artist Residency, who have no costs (but must teach a minimum of 6 hours of classes per week). Optional exhibitions, discussions and other public presentations available to resident artists. (visual, literary, performing, and media arts)

Carson McCullers Center

Carson McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians, Marguerite and Lamar Smith Fellowship for Writers, Columbus State University, Dept. of Language and Literature, 4225 University Ave., Columbus, GA 31907 (706) 568-2054. Residency of 3 months for one writer in McCullers’ childhood home with stipend. Residents give a public presentation near the end of their stay. Spouses and companions welcome, but no pets. (literary arts)

Commonality Institute

Commonality Institute, My Good Judy Residencies, 484 Lake Park Ave. #41, Oakland, CA 94610. Residencies of 3 to 6 weeks in the French Quarter of New Orleans. Residents are provided a suite of rooms in an 1820’s urban Creole cottage, adjacent to Tennessee Williams’ final home in the French Quarter. This historic building is not ADA accessible; housing is at the top of a steep set of stairs on the second floor. Through partnerships with other organizations, exhibitions, access to a printing studio, and other spaces are available to residents. Honoring the work and legacy of Judy Grahn, this residency immersive urban residency is open to visual artists, critical writers, playwrights thinkers, and performers whose work addresses LGBTQ cultural history, etymology, folklore and the queer collective unconscious; queer performance; the life and work of Judy Grahn; the concepts of commonality, metaforms, braided evolution, and decoding the centrality of blood rituals in human development; and collaborations between queer and non-queer artists. Residents must present an exhibit, live performance, reading, or other community event at the close of their stay. (visual, literary, performing, media arts)

Everglades National Park

Everglades National Park, Artist-in-Residence Program, 40001 State Road 9336, Homestead, FL 33034. (305) 242-7750. Residencies of 2-4 weeks for 6 residents per year. (visual, literary, performing, and media arts)

Fairhope Center for the Writing Arts

Fairhope Center for the Writing Arts, Wolff Cottage, Box 826, Fairhope, AL 36533. (251) 517-9056. Published writers of all genres live in a one-story cottage that can accommodate up to 2 adults at a time. Writers must give a community presentation or workshop. Residencies of one to 3 months. (literary arts)

Hambidge Center

Hambidge, PO Box 339, Rabun Gap, GA 30568 (706) 746-5718. 600 acres of unspoiled, wooded land in a mountain valley with several creeks and waterfalls in NE Georgia in the Blue Ridge Mountains. 8 cottage/studios; dinners provided on week days, artists purchase own food and prepare all other meals; residencies of 2weeks average (although up to 2 mos. allowed); fees charged, limited scholarships available. (visual, performing, and literary arts)

Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum

Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center, Writer-in-Residence Program, 1021 W. Cherry St., Piggott, AR 72454 (870) 598-3487. One month for one writer each summer. Housing in a downtown loft above City Market coffee shop; studio in a nearby building where Ernest Hemingway worked on A Farewell to Arms during an extended stay with his wife’s family in 1928. Small stipend helps cover food and transportation. The writer must serve as a mentor for a week-long retreat for writers and give one or two public readings. The remainder of the writer’s time is free to create new work. Writers with an MA or MFA in a relevant field are preferred. Sponsored by the Arkansas Heritage Sites at Arkansas State University. (literary arts)

Hermitage Artists Retreat

The Hermitage Artists Retreat, 6650 Manasota Key Rd., Englewood, FL 34223 (941) 475-2098. Located on a restored 8-acre 1907 homestead directly between the Gulf of Mexico and Englewood Bay featuring a seemingly endless beach for walking. Open by invitation only, to mid-career and later artists and scholars who are supporting themselves through their art. Housing and meals provided; artists requested to give 2 services to the community (class, workshop, lecture, open studio, performance, reading, etc.). (visual, literary, performing, media arts)

Hot Springs National Park

Hot Springs National Park Artist in Residence Program, Attn: Volunteer Coordinator, 101 Reserve St., Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 620-6707. Residencies of 2-4 weeks each for 2-D visual artists, photographers, sculptors, craft artists, video/filmmakers, performers, writers, poets, and composers. (visual, performing, literary, and media arts)

Jack Kerouac Project

The Jack Kerouac Project, 717 W. Smith St., Orlando, FL 32804. Writer-in-Residence Program at Kerouac’s historic Florida home where he wrote The Dharma Bums and where he resided when On the Road was published; 4 residencies per year; writers live rent and utility free for 3 month periods; daily food stipend. (literary arts)

Lillian E. Smith Center

Lillian E. Smith Center for the Creative Arts, 710 Waverly Rd., Tallahassee, FL 32313 (850) 385-5763 or during the summer, PO Box 467, Clayton, GA 30525 (706) 782-7846. Located on 120 acres of woodland forest in the NE corner of the state, on Screamer Mountain near the Chattooga River. Residencies of 1-3 weeks; fees charged; housing provided; residents responsible for own meals. (visual arts)

Mount Sequoyah New Play Retreat

Mount Sequoyah New Play Retreat, Dept. of Drama, Kimpell Hall 406, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR 72701 (501) 575-2953. Residencies, workshops, and performances. Playwrights. (literary arts)

New Orleans Writers’ Residency

New Orleans Writers’ Residency, 2117 N. Clairborne Ave., New Orleans, LA 70116 (504) 516-5737. 19th c. shotgun house (not ADA accessible), 15 minute walk from the French Quarter; 6-8 writers at a time for residencies of 4 weeks. Shared bedrooms (for 2 to 3 residents), shared bath, shared studio space (with individual desks), shared kitchen. Residents receive housing, airfare, and weekly stipend (to cover food and entertainment costs). Mentoring available from on-site career counselor/editor. (literary arts)

Sonny Boy Williamson I: Clifford Bernier

Sonny Boy Williamson I

Follow the Mississippi. North to St. Louis.

North to Chicago. Like a Sonny Boy

with his harmonicas, they said,

to blow the blues, like a wild cow moan,

like a little school girl, like a sugar mama

going solo, never been done,

not Hammie Nixon, not Noah Lewis,

not Will Shade and his jug band

scraping washboard, trap and string bass,

North like a blue bird, like a hoodoo-hoodoo,

like a whiskey-headed woman

shaking her boogie early in the morning,

Rice Miller pinching his name and his fame,

cupping his note like a crying child,

chasing him right out of Helena,

the original Sonny Boy, Sonny Boy I,

best harp of his generation,

100 tracks and 125 in session,

stabbed 17 times in the head with an ice pick

on the South Side, money in his pockets,

in the shadow of a doorway.

St. Petersburg Clay Company

St. Petersburg Clay Company Artist-in-Residence Program, 420 22nd St. South, St. Petersburg, FL 33712. (727) 896-CLAY. Residencies of 1 year (renewable for a second year). Applications accepted on an ongoing basis. Open to pre-professional, emerging clay artists. Participants receive access to all facilities, teaching opportunities, admission to all workshops, and studio space. Must be 18 years of age or older, have completed a reasonable amount of secondary education, be able to demonstrate adequate experience in ceramics, and submit a portfolio. Participants are required to work 12 hours a week at the facilities, and have an exhibition of their completed work during the residency period. (visual arts)

Studio in the Woods

A Studio in the Woods, 13401 River Rd., New Orleans, LA 70131 (504) 392-5359. Located on the west bank of the Mississippi River in the last remaining wetland forest within the city limits of New Orleans. All buildings made using recycled materials and with environmental sensitivity. Seeks to support artists whose work reveals the oneness and interdependence of all life. Residencies of 3-4 weeks for 1 artist at a time; residents housed on the ground floor of the founder’s rustic home; some meals provided. Fees charged. One public presentation is required during the residency. (visual, literary, performing arts)

Studios of Key West

The Studios of Key West, Historic Armory, 600 White St., Key West, FL 33040 (305) 296-0458. Hosts over 40 residencies per year; 4 artists at a time; annual residency season of October to August.  Artists housed in the Mango Tree House and other Old Town cottages on the island community of Key West. Artists must “give service to the community in the form of a class, workshop, exhibition, or special project” as well as giving a public presentation, artist talk, or demonstration. Artists responsible for food, travel, and materials. (visual, literary, and performing arts)

The Writer’s Room at The Betsy

The Betsy Hotel, 1440 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach, FL 33139. (305) 760-6900.  Supported by the Hyam Plutznik Centennial Committee, the hotel offers short residencies (typically Sunday through Wednesday) for writers.  No fees; some stipends available based on need.  Residents asked to hold a salon, write a blog post, and donate a recently published book for the library.  Furnishings in the guest room include Plutznik’s personal desk.

University of Mississippi Summer Poet in Residence

University of Mississippi Summer Poet in Residence, Dept. of English, Bondurant Hall C135, PO Box 1848, University, MS 36677-1848. One poet in residence from mid-June to mid-July. Accomodations in a 3-bedroom house adjeacent to Willliam Faulkner’s Rowan Oak and walking distance from campus. Honorarium, public reading, printing of a broadside. The poet is also asked to host one special event and/or visiting summer classes. Apply by March 1 each year with a 10-page work sample, resume, personal statement, and names of 3 recommendations. (literary arts)

Writers Colony at Dairy Hollow

Writer’s Colony at Dairy Hollow, Eureka Springs, AR, one hour from Fayetteville in the Ozark Mountains. 7 writers at a time, writers required to give one public reading or workshop. Some fees, although “no qualified writer will be prevented from coming for lack of funds” (literary arts)