U.S. Poets in Mexico is pleased to announce their first annual Merida Fellowship Award for an American poet over 18 years of age. The 2010 competition will be judged by poet Tony Towle. The Merida Fellowship Award consists of full tuition for one week of poetry workshops in Merida, Yucatán, Mexico for the January 2-9, 2010 session, a reading on the same night as one of their faculty members and a visiting Mexican poet, lodging for the week, Spanish lessons and all day trips – (does not include airfare, ground transportation or meals).
Faculty for January 2010 includes Mark Doty, Anne Waldman, Martin Espada, Pedro Serrano and Cassandra Tribe. Visiting Mexican poets will be Jose Vicente Anaya, Pura Lopez Colome and Briceida Cuevas Cob (a Maya language poet).
Poetry submissions for the competition are due by November 1, 2009. The recipient will be announced on the website and notified by email on November 15, 2009. See the Apply page. Also, all accepted workshop applications will automatically be entered in the competition. Tony Towle will view poems only and not applications, resumes or names.