Introducing the 2020 Maison Baldwin Residency Fellows

May 12, 2020


La Maison Baldwin is delighted to announce our residency fellows for 2020-2021. We extend our gratitude to the jury of last year's fellows--Regie Cabico, Brooke Obie and Evan Starling Davis--who accepted the extraordinarily difficult task of selecting these ten talented writers from a pool of 180 candidates.


Fellows are awarded residencies from 2 to 4 weeks, including meals and a travel stipend, in Saint-Paul de Vence, the small village on the French Cote d'Azur where James Baldwin lived for the last 17 years of his life. Here is where he produced some of his most enduring work, including the novels If Beale Street Could Talk and Just Above My Head, as well as the play Blues for Mister Charlie and many, many essays and articles.


Although the pandemic creates uncertainty around when we can safely restart our residency program, we are committed to bringing these talented writers to St. Paul as soon as conditions allow. Join us in celebrating these fine writers!


Chiedoze Dike is a Nigerian copywriter and lawyer. His prize-winning short story “Diagnosis” and his flash fiction “The Man of Her Dreams” – shortlisted for the Afreada Photo Story Competition in 2017 – appear in the anthologies A Feast for Memory and On Such Days and Other Stories. His debut novel is due for publication in 2021, and he is currently working on his second book.


Shanita Hubbard is the Chair of the Freelance Task Force for the National Association of Black Journalists. Her passion for amplifying typically muted voices stems from a personal understanding of how families of color are disproportionately impacted by mass incarceration. After receiving an MSCJ, Shanita created a career reflective of her life passions. From working as a Therapist to a Project Director, and currently an Adjunct Professor of Sociology, Journalist, and Speaker, Shanita continues to find ways to champion marginalized communities. Her work is published in the NYT, Pitchfork, The Guardian, Huffington Post, Vox, ESSENCE, and elsewhere. 


Rico Frederick is a graphic designer and the author of the book Broken Calypsonian (Penmanship Books, 2014) and holds an MFA in Writing from Pratt Institute. He is a Fulbright Program semi-finalist, a Cave Canem Fellow, a Poets House Emerging Poets Fellow, a Pushcart nominee, and the first poet to represent all four original New York City poetry venues at the National Poetry Slam. Rico is a Trinidadian transplant, lives in New York, loves gummy bears, and scribbles poems on the back of maps in the hope they will take him someplace new.


Keelay Gipson is an Activist, Professor, and Playwright whose plays include imagine sisyphus happy (Finalist; Eugene O'Neill National Playwrights Conference, P73 Summer Residency); #NEWSLAVES (Finalist; Princess Grace Award, The O’Neill); CRH, or the placenta play (Semi-Finalist; The O’Neill, Bay Area Playwrights Conference); Nigger/Faggot; The Lost, Or How to Just B; What I Tell You in the Dark; and Mary/Stuart, a dramatic queering of friedrich schiller's classic play (BAM Next Wave Festival). He is the recipient of New York Stage and Film’s Founders’ Award, the Van Lier Fellowship at New Dramatists, and fellowships with Lambda Literary, The Amoralists, Page 73, Dramatist Guild Foundation and Playwrights’ Realm.


Shari Poindexter is a writer and healthcare professional living in LA with husband and five loud and lovely children. She is currently completing her Master’s thesis, a short story collection Love and a Sachet of Joo Joo and Other Infidelities at Bennington College. Shari has participated in the Harvardwood TV Writers Program, PEN Center USA Emerging Voices Fellowship, Napa Valley Writers Conference and Squaw Valley Community of Writers Workshop.


Deneen Reynolds-Knott is a playwright living in Brooklyn, New York. She is a member of Clubbed Thumb’s 2019-2020 Early-Career Writers’ Group and received a finalist grant from their 2018 Open-Application Commission. She is a New Georges affiliated artist and has developed work with Liberation Theatre Company’s Writing Residency, Project Y’s Playwrights Group and Frank Silvera Workshop’s 3in3 Playwright Residency. Her plays include Babes in Ho-Land (to be presented at 2020 Bay Area Playwrights Festival), Baton (2018 Premiere Stages Play Festival & Workshop Reading; 2017 Playfest at the Orlando Shakespeare Company) and Antepartum (2020 Fire This Time Festival ten-minute play program).


Tatiana Richards Hanebutte is a fiction writer from the U.S. based in Germany. A graduate of the University of Alabama, he