PAYING IT FORWARD

A way to support other writers

I initiated The Emerging Writer Fellowship under the auspices of Straw Dog Writers Guild to support women of color and gender expansive writers of color based in Western Massachusetts at the early stages of their career.

The Fellowship is meant to help emerging writers negotiate barriers that may prevent them from accessing mentorship and pursuing publication of their work.

The first recipient of the fellowship was the poet Amina Jordan-Mendez in 2020.

In 2022, the second recipient, Regine Jackson, was named.

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