Apr 05

2017 Submerging Writer Fellowship Judge Jennifer Givhan

When we set out to find a judge for the Submerging Writer Fellowship, our goal was to find a writer who has published work in multiple genres (since the SWF is open to all types of writers, not just poets); who is active in the broader literary community; and who knows what it feels like to be submerging.

Jennifer Givhan fit these criteria perfectly. In the last two years, she’s published three books of poetry: Landscape with Headless Mama, Protection Spell, and the chapbook Lifeline. Jennifer also publishes fiction, and is currently at work on a novel. She runs the Mothers Writers’ Series, where she conducts interviews with writer-moms about motherhood, the writing life, and success. When we reached out to Jennifer about judging the inaugural Submerging Writer Fellowship, her response was heartening:

“At first I was like “Submerging??” But then I read the reasoning behind the term and it brings back all the vivid memories of writing and struggling for years without much external hope I was going anywhere. Yes, I’m totally for this fellowship.”

Applications for the Submerging Writer Fellowship are being accepted now through August 31st, 2017 (details here). By October 1st, 10 semi-finalists will be selected and forwarded to Jennifer Givhan. All applicants will be contacted at this time. By October 31st Jennifer will select 1 winner and 3 finalists. We will make an official announcement in early November.

More about Jennifer Givhan:

Jennifer Givhan is a Mexican-American poet from the Southwestern desert. She is the author of Landscape with Headless Mama (2015 Pleiades Editors’ Prize) and Protection Spell (2016 Miller Williams Series, University of Arkansas Press). Her chapbooks include Lifeline (Glass Poetry Press), The Daughter’s Curse (ELJ Editions), and Lieserl Contemplates Resurrection (dancing girl press). Her honors include a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry, a PEN/Rosenthal Emerging Voices Fellowship, The Frost Place Latin@ Scholarship, The 2015 Lascaux Review Poetry Prize, The Pinch Poetry Prize, and her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Best of the Net, Best New Poets, AGNI, Ploughshares, POETRY, TriQuarterly, Boston Review, Crazyhorse, Blackbird, and The Kenyon Review. She is Editor-in-Chief at Tinderbox Poetry Journal, and she lives with her family in New Mexico.

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