Cornelius Eady

Residency Dates: June 23, 2019 - July 13, 2019
Application Deadline: January 20, 2019

Cornelius Eady is a Pabst Endowed Chair for Master Writers

Poet/Playwright/Songwriter Cornelius Eady was born in Rochester, NY in 1954, and is Professor of English at SUNY Stony Brook Southampton, where he is the Poetry Editor of the Southampton Review. He is the author of several poetry collections: Kartunes; Victims of the Latest Dance Craze, winner of the 1985 Lamont Prize; The Gathering of My Name, nominated for the 1992 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry; You Don’t Miss Your Water; The Autobiography of a Jukebox; Brutal Imagination, Hardheaded Weather (Putnam, 2008), and the anthologies Every Shut Eye Ain’t Asleep, In Search of Color Everywhere, and The Vintage Anthology of African American Poetry, (1750-2000). He wrote the libretto to Diedra Murray’s opera Running Man, which was short listed for the Pulitzer Prize in Theatre, and his verse play Brutal Imagination won the Oppenheimer Prize for the best first play from an American Playwright in 2001. He is also a singer/songwriter, with four chapbook/music CD’s from Kattywompus Press: Book of Hooks (2013), Singing While Black, (2016), Field Recordings, (2017), and All the American Poets Have Titled Their New Books The End (2018) He holds a PhD in the Arts (Hon) from the University of Rochester (2010). His other awards include Fellowships from the NEA, the Guggenheim Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation, a Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Traveling Scholarship, and The Prairie Schooner Strousse Award. He is co-founder and Vice-President of the Cave Canem Foundation, and was, before returning to Stony Brook, The Miller Family Endowed Chair in Literature and Writing and Professor in English and Theater at The University of Missouri-Columbia.

Cornelius Eady’s website

Residency Statement:


What does the poem want? This is a question that I’ll ask and explore with you—through exercises, examples and informed talk we’ll sort those drafts out. Writing during the morning, workshop in the afternoon. I’m also hoping that some of you will be interested in exploring the zone between poetry and music—lyrics, songwriting, setting poems/text to music. It’s not a requirement to join the workshop, but I’ll be bringing my dulcimer.

Application Requirement:

Your materials may be submitted in any of the following file formats; .doc, .docx, .pdf, .jpg., mp3. Please, no more than 5 mb per file.

  1. A letter of intent (one page or less)
  2. Five to eight poems
  3. Song/poetry folk can send me mp3 audio files, or a link. Again, musical experience is not required to join up.
  4. Everyone should bring writing tools—laptop, pad, pen, etc. (ACA provides printer paper).

Residency Fee: $900

Includes a $100 administration fee, weekday meals and housing; does not include artist materials, transportation, or weekend meals.

Scholarships / Financial Assistance

Only accepted Associate Artists may apply for financial assistance.

For details, please visit the master artist details page.

Application fee: $25

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