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CSU Poetry Center Announces 2020–2022 Anisfield-Wolf Fellow

Kamden Hilliard named second fellow in writing and publishing

Cleveland State University’s Poetry Center has announced their second Anisfield-Wolf Fellow in Writing and Publishing, Kamden Hilliard. Hilliard, a poet, was chosen from among more than 100 candidates. 

Hilliard is the author of three chapbooks, most recently henceforce: a travel poetic, from Omnidawn Publishing. Their writing can be found in West Branch, Black Warrior Review, and Tagvverk. They study surveillance, race, queerness, and American politics. Hilliard earned a bachelors in American Studies from the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, as well as a Masters in Fine Arts in Poetry from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. 

Hilliard comes to CSU from South Carolina, where they hold a position with AmeriCorps Vista that helps deliver mental health and anti-addiction services, particularly to LGBTQ youth.

The Anisfield-Wolf Fellow is a two-year postgraduate fellowship that offers an emerging writer time to work toward a first or second book along with an opportunity to gain experience in editing, publishing, literary programming, and outreach in collaboration with the staff of the CSU Poetry Center. The fellowship works to support writers from historically underrepresented backgrounds in publishing while aiming to help address the lack of diversity in the U.S. publishing workforce.