In this PJ Seminar, we’ll grab a glass a wine, lean back, and get real about building up the bio, fleshing out the CV, procuring the dreaded recommendation letter, making the writing sample sing, and getting the nerve to press SEND!
Covering five lessons I’ve learned over the course of my 18+ year career as a performance artist and writer, I’ll give you some insight into what panelists are looking for and drop hints on how to make your submission stand out. I can tell you where to find the money—but it won’t do you much good if you’re not ready for the process. Let’s talk about it!
This would be best for emerging to mid-career writers interested in applying to residencies, fellowships, grants, awards, freelance writing gigs, and festivals.
About Faylita Hicks
Faylita Hicks (she/they) is the author of HoodWitch (Acre Books, 2019), a finalist for the 2020 Lambda Literary Award for Bisexual Poetry, the 2019 Balcones Poetry Prize, and the 2019 Julie Suk Award. The Editor-in-Chief of Black Femme Collective, they currently serve as the 2022 Writer-in-Residence for the Texas After Violence Project. In June 2021, they became a voting member of the Recording Academy/Grammys as a spoken word artist.
Hicks is the recipient of fellowships and residencies from Black Mountain Institute, Broadway Advocacy Coalition, Civil Rights Corps, The Dots Between, Jack Jones Literary Arts, Lambda Literary, Tin House, and the Right of Return USA. Their work has been featured in or is forthcoming in Adroit, American Poetry Review, the Cincinnati Review, Ecotone, Kenyon Review, Longreads, Poetry Magazine, The Rumpus, Slate, Texas Observer, Yale Review, amongst others. Their poetry is anthologized in The Long Devotion: Poets Writing Motherhood, What Tells You Ripeness: Black Writing on Nature, and When There Are Nine (Pangyrus, 2021).
Their personal account of their time in pretrial incarceration in Hays County is featured in the ITVS Independent Lens 2019 documentary, “45 Days in a Texas Jail,” and the Brave New Films 2021 documentary narrated by Mahershala Ali, “Racially Charged: America’s Misdemeanor Problem.”
Hicks received a BA in English from Texas State University-San Marcos and an MFA in Creative Writing from Sierra Nevada University.
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