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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

Eligibility: Poets
Length of Fellowship: Three weeks
Application Fee*: $30

This fellowship is available for each VCCA residency scheduling period:

  • Winter 2023
    Residencies Available: January 2 – April 30, 2023
    Application Deadline: May 15, 2022
    Notification by: August 31, 2022
  • Summer 2023
    Residencies Available: May 1 – August 31, 2023
    Application Deadline: September 15, 2022
    Notification by: December 31, 2022
  • Fall 2023
    Residencies Available: September 1 – December 31, 2023
    Application Deadline: January 15, 2023
    Notification by: April 30, 2023

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.

* If the $30 application fee presents a hardship, applicants should reach out to Artists Services at to request an application fee waiver in advance of the deadline.

Joanne Diaz, Winter 2022 Reynolds Poetry Fellow

“I cannot overstate how grateful I am to have this time at VCCA. During my two week stay, I will have the opportunity to experiment with a poetry project that will require my full attention. I look forward to seeing what surprises this work will yield.” Joanne Diaz


Joanne Diaz is a professor of English at Illinois Wesleyan University. She received her PhD in English Literature from Northwestern University and her MFA from New York University, where she was a New York Times Foundation fellow. She is the author of The Lessons (winner of the Gerald Cable Book Award in 2011) and My Favorite Tyrants (winner of the Brittingham Prize in Poetry, 2014). With Ian Morris, she is the co-editor of The Little Magazine in Contemporary America (University of Chicago Press, 2015). She is the recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Illinois Arts Council, and the Sustainable Arts Foundation. She has received fellowships for her time at Ragdale and the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in American Poetry Review, Massachusetts Review, New England Review, Poetry, River Styx, and Waxwing. With Abram Van Engen, she is the co-host of the Poetry for All podcast.

Previous Reynolds Poetry Fellows

Amanda Galvan Huynh
Patricia Spears Jones
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.”