As we prepare to welcome this year’s WPR Creative Fellow Eileen Myles (who will be present on campus throughout the month of April), the Woodberry Poetry Room is pleased to announce that the recipient of next year’s WPR Creative Fellowship is Erín Moure for her proposed project,“RESONANCE: A Modernism.” Moure will receive a stipend of $4,000 (generously funded by the Dr. Michael and Teresa Anagnostopoulos Fund) and plans to be in residence in April 2017.
During her fellowship, Moure will travel from Montreal to sit in the Woodberry Poetry Room and engage in a journey of listening in situ to the recorded voices of four American women modernist poets, seeking an auditory trace that will lead her into a new piece of writing, her own trilingual take — for her ear is attuned to French and Galician as well as English — on the grain of the American modernist voice in poetry and on what it provokes today.
Moure says: “I would start by placing the cavity of my ribs, my ears, and the cells of my own cerebrum in the same space as the voices of four very women modernist writers, of different orientations, three in the archive of the Woodberry Poetry Room and one outside its collection —Elizabeth Bishop, Muriel Rukeyser, Anaïs Nin and Angelina Weld Grimké —and then see what poetry emerges. I’m both thrilled and grateful for the chance to listen quietly, and to create new work in the Woodberry Poetry Room.”
Due to the impressive range and number of applications, one additional project was selected to receive a WPR Creative Grant of $1,000, also funded by the Anagnostopoulos family. The 2016-2017 grant recipient is Lindsay Turner (for her project, “Essays on Waiting”). Turner’s poems and criticism have appeared in Lana Turner Journal, Boston Review, Kenyon Review and elsewhere. Her translations from French to English include the Franco-Japanese poet Ryoko Sekiguchi’s book adagio ma non troppo, forthcoming in 2017 from Les Figues Press. Currently she is a Ph.D. candidate in English at the University of Virginia, where she is completing a dissertation on labor and contemporary poetry.
Montreal poet Erín Moure has published 16 books of poetry in English and Galician/English and has translated 15 volumes of poetry into English from French, Spanish, Galician and Portuguese, by poets such as Nicole Brossard, Andrés Ajens, Louise Dupré, Rosalía de Castro, Chus Pato and Fernando Pessoa. Her work has received the Governor General’s Award and has been a three-time finalist for the Griffin Prize. Her latest works are Insecession (BookThug, 2014), Kapusta (Anansi, 2015) and her translations of Chus Pato’s Flesh of Leviathan (2016, Omnidawn). A major retrospective of her own poetry, Planetary Noise: Selected Poetry of Erín Moure, is forthcoming in 2017 (Wesleyan University Press).
The Poetry Room extends its thanks to all of this year’s remarkable applicants. For additional information on our Creative Fellowship program, please visit the WPR website.