Fort Atkinson, WI and Fish Creek, WI – The Friends of Lorine Niedecker and Write On, Door County announce the Lorine Niedecker Fellowship. The new fellowship will be offered every two years to an established or emerging poet familiar with the work of the 20th century American poet, Lorine Niedecker. The purpose of the fellowship is to encourage research into Niedecker’s life and writing, and to promote new work that deals with the poetry of place.

The two-week fellowship, to be divided between, first, Write On, Door County, a writing center in northeastern Wisconsin, and then Fort Atkinson, Niedecker’s hometown, comes with a $1,000 stipend, a travel grant (up to $800) and a food stipend ($200), plus lodging. The inaugural fellowship would be between April 30 and May 14, 2023.

The successful applicant must show an understanding and appreciation of Lorine Niedecker’s work and her place in 20th century poetics, as well as a publishing history, whether in poetry journals, full-length book, chapbook, monograph, or academic articles.

During the fellowship period, the successful applicant will give two public programs, to be arranged by the sponsors, and one article for FOLN’s “The Solitary Plover.”

The application, which is online only, must include 10-12 pages of poetry, a 300-500-word statement of purpose, an intellectual autobiography, and two references. Links to past publications should be included in the application.

The application fee is $40, payable online at or by check. Application period is from October 15 to December 15, 2022, with an announcement of the successful candidate in January 2023.

Send applications to:

Jerod Santek, Founder and Artistic Director

Write On, Door County

PO Box 457
4210 Juddville Road, Fish Creek, WI 54212