S. Erin Batiste

Lance Cleland

S. Erin Batiste is an interdisciplinary poet, storyteller, and author of the chapbook Glory to All Fleeting Things. She is a 2021 Jerome Emerging Artist at the Anderson Center at Tower View, and this year she is also a Writer in Residence at The Studios at MASS MoCA, Prairie Ronde at the Mill at Vicksburg, and The Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, and she is the recipient of fellowships from PERIPLUS, Jack Straw Writers, and the dots between. Her other recent honors include fellowships and generous support from Cave Canem, Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference-Rona Jaffe Foundation, Money for Women / Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, Crosstown Arts, and Callaloo. Batiste is a reader for The Rumpus and her own Pushcart, Best New Poets, and Best of the Net nominated poems are anthologized and appear internationally in You Don’t Have to be Everything: Poems for Girls Becoming Themselves, Michigan Quarterly Review, Puerto del Sol, and wildness among other decorated journals.

Project Description: During the residency, Batiste will continue work on her poetry collection, Hoard, which interrogates the devastating domestic failure and aftermath of the 1980’s-1990’s era of malls and suburbs, Black middle-class family, and the new Americana. This collection confronts the American Dream, late capitalism and consumption, and deeply examines what we all inherit, choose to keep and to give away.

Residency: 2022 Debut 40