2023 Charlotte GoodLit Poetry Fellowship

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Charlotte Lit, Goodyear Arts, West Trade Review, and the Charlotte Poet Laureate, Jay Ward, are proud to announce that Issac Akanmu has been awarded the 2023 Charlotte GoodLit Poetry Fellowship. Congratulations, Isaac!

Isaac Akanmu is a Nigerian American from Staten Island, NY. His poetry chapbook, not belonging anywhere, is available with Bottlecap Press (2022). Isaac's poetry appears in Posit JournalOlney MagazineRejection Letters, and more. His poetry films have appeared at the 12th Annual CUNY Film Festival and on BronxNet television. He lives in Charlotte, NC. You can connect with him on Instagram and Twitter (@insteadofisaac) or at his website.

Finalists:  Jordan Bailey, Caeli Faisst, Joel Ferdon, xavia-margrith miles, Maurice Norman, Hillary Staple

What is Included in the Fellowship? 

  • One-year membership to Charlotte Lit, including access to the organization's 2023 catalog of writing classes.
  • One month of free, private, and 24/7 studio usage at Goodyear Arts.
  • Publishing 101 discussion with the editor of West Trade Review.
  • Feedback on five poems from West Trade Review.
  • Participation as a poetry submissions reader for West Trade Review
  • Access to six-week workshop with Charlotte's Poet Laureate.
  • Feedback on chapbook-length manuscript of poems by Poet Laureate.
  • Feedback on chapbook-length manuscript with a writers from the Goodyear Arts Collective.
  • Opportunity to develop and facilitate a two-hour craft workshop with Charlotte Lit, including workshop development coaching. 
  • Chapbook publication by Charlotte Lit Press
  • Public reading event at Goodyear Arts

​What is the Purpose of the Fellowship? ​

  • The purpose of the GoodLit Poetry Fellowship is to provide an emerging poet with a year full of opportunities that broaden their knowledge of craft, expand their platform within the city, further their experience with workshop facilitation, assist them in navigating the world of publishing, and give them a platform to enrich Charlotte's literary landscape.

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