Hand Papermaking, Inc. is pleased to announce its two inaugural Black Writers Fellows: Cheryl D. Edwards, the winner of the Black Writers Fellowship: Reporter; and Keren Alfred, the winner of the Black Writers Fellowship: Researcher. The two fellows were chosen by a panel of experts in the field after responding to our national call for proposals this fall. Panelists included Hand Papermaking’s editor, Mina Takahashi; Hand Papermaking board members Darin Murphy, Jazmine Catasus, and Kelly Taylor Mitchell; and special guest juror Daricia Mia DeMarr.
Hand Papermaking launched its Black Writers Fellowship program in solidarity with the Movement for Black Lives as a concrete step to counteract social inequities and to fulfill our role as a journal of record that truly reflects the full breadth of work in our field. The Black Writers Fellowship: Reporter will write an original short-form profile on an artist of their choice for potential publication in the Summer 2021 issue of Hand Papermaking magazine. The Black Writers Fellowship: Researcher is a research-based opportunity for a Black writer that will result in the publication of an original, long-form article in Winter 2021 issue of Hand Papermaking magazine.
You can find out more about Hand Papermaking’s Black Writers Fellowships and about the two 2020-2021 fellows by downloading this full press release.