Hand Papermaking, Inc. is pleased to announce the recipient of the 2021–22 Black Writers Fellowship: Payton Harris-Woodard. For her fellowship project, Harris-Woodard is researching and interviewing the artist Howardena Pindell who is currently in a long-term artist residency at Dieu Donné in Brooklyn, New York. Harris-Woodard’s article will be published in the Winter 2022 issue of Hand Papermaking magazine.
Payton Harris-Woodard was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. She received her BA from Columbia College Chicago, and completed her MFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her work investigates complexities within the autonomy of the black female body through an autobiographical sense, while simultaneously reconciling with reflection, isolation, and difference on multiple dimensions of looking.
Hand Papermaking launched its Black Writers Fellowship program in solidarity with the Movement for Black Lives as a concrete step to counteract social inequities and to fulfill our role as a journal of record that truly reflects the full breadth of work in our field. A request for proposals for the 2022–23 Black Writers Fellowship will be available in early June 2022 with an application deadline in late July 2022.