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Yetzirah’s Annual Summer Conference: Contributor, Scholar, and Fellow Application

Yetzirah’s inaugural summer conference will be held June 20-25, 2023, in the mountains of Western North Carolina, in partnership with the University of North Carolina—Asheville’s Center for Jewish Studies. Our time together will consist of a mix of generative workshops focused around Jewish questions and themes, discussion panels, craft talks, readings with Faculty and a selection of Fellows and Scholars, as well as many shared meals and celebrations.

It is our aim that the conference will function as an egalitarian community, supporting writers at all levels of their careers. To this end:

  • All workshops will be generative, allowing writers of different experience to share the same creative space
  • To keep this first gathering both intimate and manageable, all interested participants will be required to apply, and the number of participants will be limited to 36:
    • CONTRIBUTORS—15 open opportunities, for poets with some history of publication 
    • SCHOLARS—9 poets earlier in their careers, who’ve published up to one full-length collection (the funding for Scholars covers tuition)
    • FELLOWS—12 poets who’ve published at least two full-length collections (the funding for Fellows covers tuition, room, & board)


February 1, 2023: Application period opens for all prospective participants

*To aid in the ease of our considerations, we ask that you apply as early as possible within the given application window.

March 24, 2023: Application deadline
April 24, 2023: Notifications sent to all applicants
May 1, 2023: Registration deadline (a deposit of $200 will be due at this time. This will go toward Scholar’s room & board. It will be returned Fellows after the conference.)

*a waitlist of Scholars & Fellows will be created if an opportunity becomes available
**applicants whom we are not able to accommodate as a Scholar or a Fellow will, if they are interested, be considered for a Contributor slot

April 10, 2023: Application deadline
April 30-June 9, 2023: Rolling acceptances (with rolling registration deadlines TBA)