Saturday, March 12, 2011

Poetry Residency: The Frost Place

The Frost Place in Franconia, New Hampshire, invites applications for a six- to eight-week residency in poet Robert Frost's former farmhouse, which sits on a quiet north-country lane with a spectacular view of the White Mountains, and which serves as a museum and conference center.

The residency begins July 1 and ends August 31, and includes an award of $1,000. The Resident Poet will have an opportunity to give a series of public readings across the region, including at Dartmouth College,  for which the Resident Poet will receive a $1,000 honorarium. There are no other specific obligations.

Accommodations are spartan but comfortable. The Frost Place Museum is open to the public during afternoon hours, but the resident poet will have sole use of non-public rooms of the house.

Previous recipients of this residency include Katha Pollitt, Robert Hass, William Matthews, Cleopatra Mathis, Mark Halliday, Mary Ruefle, Mark Cox, and Laura Kasischke. The 2011 Resident Poet will be K. A. Hays. The aim of this program has been to select a poet who is at an artistic and personal crossroads, comparable to that faced by Robert Frost when he moved to Franconia in 1915, when he was not yet known to a broad public.

To be eligible, applicants will have published at least one book of poems.

Application guidelines: Applications are received March 1 through October 1, 2011. Poets can apply directly or be nominated by someone else. Please submit to:

The Frost Place
P.O. Box 74
Franconia, NH 03580

Please enclose a a check for $25 (reading fee) and four copies of the following: 5 poems from a most recent book, a letter explaining why you/the candidate would be a good choice for a residency at The Frost Place, a current resumé, and contact information for two references.

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