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Black Writers Fellowships

In this time of necessary societal transformation, we recognize that Hand Papermaking has been operating within a culture that perpetuates social inequities. We are resolved in taking concrete steps so we may fulfill our role as the journal of record that truly reflects the full breadth of work in our field. 

In solidarity with the Movement for Black Lives, Hand Papermaking launched the Hand Papermaking Black Writers Fellowship in 2020, an evolving program which currently offers two opportunities for Black writers: Reporter and Researcher.

The Black Writers Fellowship: Reporter 

The Black Writers Fellowship: Reporter is an opportunity for a Black writer to engage with “Celebrating #BlackPapermakers,” Hand Papermaking’s curated series, featured on our social-media channels, to uplift and center Black artists and papermakers. The Reporter writes an original profile on an artist of their choice who has been featured in “Celebrating #BlackPapermakers.” Applicants may also propose a Black papermaker who has not yet been featured in our curated series; if selected, Hand Papermaking will work with the Reporter and the proposed Black papermaker to feature their work on our social-media channels. The profile will be short-form and eligible for publication in Hand Papermaking magazine.

The Reporter receives a $300 award and a research stipend of up to $150 for expenses incurred. In addition, the Reporter is supported by a collaborative working relationship with Hand Papermaking magazine editor Mina Takahashi and a mentor in the field (e.g., curator, arts administrator, writer, educator, or gallery director). The mentor may be self-selected by the Reporter in consultation with Hand Papermaking. Where possible Hand Papermaking facilitates a virtual studio visit/interview with the artist being profiled. The Black Writers Fellowship: Reporter opportunity is offered on a regular basis and there is no fee to apply.

The Black Writers Fellowship: Researcher 

The Black Writers Fellowship: Researcher is a research-based opportunity for a Black writer that results in the publication of an original article in Hand Papermaking magazine. The applicant’s proposal must be related to the field of hand papermaking and indicate an ongoing investment in research and inquiry in the field. The article will be long-form and eligible for publication in Hand Papermaking magazine.

The Researcher receives a $1,000 award and a fellowship stipend of up to $1,000 for expenses incurred, including but not limited to research travel, resources, transcription or translation services, site visits, free attendance to a field-related conference, workshop attendance, and other professional development opportunities. In addition, the Researcher is supported by a collaborative working relationship with Hand Papermaking magazine editor Mina Takahashi and meetings with mentors in the field (e.g., curator, educator, arts administrator, writer, gallery director, artist). The Black Writers Fellowship: Researcher opportunity is offered annually and there is no fee to apply.

2020–21 Recipients

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