New Zealand Pacific Studio invites applications for a three week Ema Saiko Poetry Fellowship. The purpose of this Fellowship is to encourage the writing of poetry and, in turn, to honour the Japanese poet and painter Ema Saiko after whom our garden-facing Saiko Fellow’s studio is named. Writing in the early 19th century, at a time when it was unusual for women to be included in the rarefied circles of male poets writing in Chinese, Ema Saiko dedicated herself to, and developed, a poetic form centred on the discovery and unfolding of a rich intellectual and artistic life connected to her physical environment.
New Zealand Pacific Studio welcomes applications from both female and male poets of all cultures who seek a similar focus through sustained activity. Applicants can be working in any way and do not have to relate to Ema Saiko in terms of style or content. While in residence, Fellows will be invited to give readings and may help facilitate a workshop that shares a personal process of writing poetry with others. Selection will be based on the nature and strength of an applicant’s proposed project and the degree to which both the Fellow and the local community will benefit from it (although the focus remains on supporting the poet in the serious creation of their work). Applicants can be at any stage in their creative ‘careers.’
Please e-mail the Program Manager, Madeleine Slavick, with the following:
1. Your biography.
2. A description of your proposed project and any specific requirements you may have.
3. When you would like to be in residence up to 31 December 2015 (flexible).
4. A statement of how the Ema Saiko Poetry Fellowship would benefit you and extend your practice at this time.
5. A sample of your work (no more than 1,500 words).
6. The contact details of two Referees whom we will contact if you are shortlisted.
Dates of residency are open to negotiation, but would ideally occur within the 2015 calendar year. If your project requires you to be in residence at a specific time, please make this clear in your application.
Applications close midnight 31 July 2015. Apply by e-mail to Madeleine Slavick, Program Manager, NZ Pacific Studio, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Ema Saiko Fellow will be in residence for three weeks at the historic Kaiparoro/Normandell House in the Wairarapa. Accommodation is free during this time (it is normally charged at a weekly rate of $300 per week plus $25 for local transportation). The successful Fellow would need to cover their travel costs to and from the Centre and buy their own food while in residence. In addition, they should bring necessary equipment and supplies with them, or liaise with the Program Manager about purchasing them once in residence.
The Ema Saiko Fellowship is available to an individual. An applicant is welcome to propose a project of more than three weeks in duration, but accommodation and transportation costs beyond the sponsored period would have to be met by the applicant.
Commitment to a personal creative practice and a desire to connect with a wider audience and community
How to apply
Madeleine Slavick Program Manager NZ Pacific Studio, Kaiparoro/Mount Bruce
Ph +64 6 375 8441