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About the Fellowship

The Richard S. and Julia Louise Reynolds Poetry Fellowship is a fully-funded, three-week residency for poets. The VCCA residency at Mt. San Angelo includes a private bedroom with private bath, a separate individual studio, and three meals a day in a community of cross-disciplinary artists.

Application Details

This fellowship is available for each VCCA residency scheduling period. Current application details:

Eligibility: Poets

Residencies Available: September 1 – December 31, 2022
Length of Fellowship: Three weeks

Application Deadline: January 15, 2022
Application Fee:
Notifications by:
April 30, 2022

To be considered for the Richard S. and Julia Louise Reynolds Poetry Fellowship, complete the “Application for Mt. San Angelo Residencies, VCCA in Virginia,” selecting your fellowship interest in the first question.

Patricia Spears Jones, Summer 2021 Reynolds Poetry Fellow


Originally from Arkansas, Patricia Spears Jones is an award-winning poet, writer, playwright, cultural critic, and winner of the 2017 Jackson Poetry Prize from Poets & Writers, who has lived in New York City and briefly in Boston since 1974. She is author of A Lucent Fire: New and Selected Poems (White Pine Press, 2015) which was Finalist for the Poetry Society of America’s William Carlos Williams Prize and the Paterson Poetry Prize, and which features a 2017 Pushcart Prize-winning poem. Additional publications include poetry books, chapbooks, and work in anthologies such as Of Poetry and Protest: From Emmett Till to Trayvon Martin; BAX: Best American Experimental Writing, 2016; 2017 Pushcart Prize XLI, Best of Small Presses; Plume Poetry 8; The Golden Shovel Anthology: New Poems Honoring Gwendolyn Brooks; and Angles of Ascent: A Norton Anthology of Contemporary African American Poetry.

Photo by Rachel Eliza Griffiths

Previous Reynolds Poetry Fellows

Amanda Galvan Huynh
John Poch

Inaugural Richard S. and Julia Louise Reynolds Poetry Fellow Amanda Galvan Huynh Comes to VCCA

John Poch

“I enjoyed my residency and the fellowship with my very creative cohort a great deal. I wrote 12 new poems for a current project, and I was able to edit entirely 3 book manuscripts of mine which are underway, 2 of poetry, and 1 of poetry criticism. The setting is beautiful, and the days are worry free.”

Thanks to

Richard S. Reynolds Foundation

“The Richard S. Reynolds Foundation was established in Richmond, Virginia, in 1955. The foundation provides assistance locally and beyond to community causes such as science, education, healthcare, the environment and the arts.”