The Barbara Smith Residency

The Barbara Smith Writer-in-Residence program is a 3 month-long residency that is designed to assist emerging and professional literary artists of color bring substantive literary works to completion for publication. It is named in honor of Cleveland-born renowned feminist, social justice activist, and LGBTQ advocate, Barbara Smith, who is also co-founder of the Combahee River Collective and The Kitchen Table Press, which published works like “This Bridge Called My Back” by Rosario Morales.

A total of four writers (two from Northeast Ohio and two from outside Northeast Ohio) are accepted each year by a five-person jury.

The program provides two application periods – one for local writers and one for national writers.

For writers based in Northeast Ohio, TLA provides:
• $5,000 stipend
• Office space
• Opportunities for mentorship, peer editing, and public readings

For writers from outside Northeast Ohio, TLA provides:
• $5,000 stipend
• A one-bedroom apartment
• Office space
• Opportunities for peer editing, public readings and salons

The Barbara Smith Writer-in-Residence program is funded by the George Gund Foundation.



Meet the former and current residents of the Barbara Smith Writer-in-Residence program





For More Information about this program, please contact Lauren Freeman: