La Maison Baldwin Writer-in-Residence Program

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of James Baldwin’s arrival in St. Paul de Vence, we  fulfill his dream to foster emerging writers in his adopted hometown 

Pour célébrer le 50e anniversaire de l’arrivée de James Baldwin à Saint-Paul de Vence, nous réalisons son rêve de promouvoir les écrivains émergents dans sa ville d’adoption.

The Maison Baldwin Writers-in-Residence Program

Maison Baldwin Fellows, 2020-2021

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 CabicoBrooke Obie and Evan Starling Davis--who accepted the extraordinarily difficult task of selecting these ten talented writers from a pool of 170 candidates.

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. 

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, her work has appeared in Specter magazine and Dismantle: An Anthology of Writing from the VONA/Voices Workshop. She is a VONA/Voices alum and a Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop fellow.


Jelisa Jay Robinson is a playwright from Houston, Texas and a Bay Area Playwrights Festival Semi-Finalist.  Her plays include The Stories of Us, Fae and Paciencia and Delivery.  Her work has been developed and/or presented at The Billie Holiday Theatre, Fade to Black, Teatrx , 14/48 Theatre Festival, Austin One Minute Play Festival, the Austin Latino New Play Festival, Teatro Vivo, Now Africa Festival, Black and Brown Theatre, Rec Room, the Echame Un Ojo Festival, Fornes Playwriting Workshop, The Black and Latino Playwrights Celebration, The Landing Theatre and Vision Latino.


Prince Shakur is a queer, Jamaican American writer born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. He has a BA in Creative Writing from Ohio University and since graduating in 2015 has participated in social movements ranging from Standing Rock, BLM, and anti-Duterte protests in the Philippines. His activism is present throughout his essays and articles on queer culture, black masculinity represented in media, youth social movements, police brutality and the complexities of black travel. He is a GLAAD Rising Star (2017), Vision for Ohio Fellow (2019, SFJ Diversity Fellow (2019), and writer in residence at Sangam House (2019). He is currently writing/editing his debut novel and non-fiction book.


Mia S. Willis is a Black performance poet from Charlotte, North Carolina. Their work has been featured in homology lit, The VIDA Review, Narrative Northeast, Recenter Press Poetry Journal, and others. In 2019, Mia was named the first two-time Capturing Fire Slam Champion, a Lambda Literary Fellow in Poetry, the Young Artist Fellow at Chashama’s ChaNorth residency, a collaborator in Forward Together’s Transgender Day of Resilience Art Project, and a performing artist on RADAR Productions’ Sister Spit 2020 Tour. Their debut poetry collection, monster house, was the 2018 winner of the Cave Canem Foundation’s Toi Derricotte Cornelius Eady Chapbook Prize and is available with Jai-Alai Books.

The Program and How to Apply

Spring 2019 Resident Evan Starling Davis reflects on his 4 week stay in the writer's cottage 


Shortly before James Baldwin passed away, he told close friends in Saint-Paul de Vence that he dreamed of seeing his beloved house made into a writers' colony. This medieval village, with its uncommon light, its majestic mountaintop placement and surrounding countryside, has for centuries attracted artists, architects, alchemists and thinkers, great minds intent on changing the world. Here is where Baldwin wrote some of his most enduring books, including If Beale Street Could Talk, Just Above my Head, and his sole book of poetry, Jimmy's Blues.

Writers in residence are offered a room in the village center to pursue their current creative project. While in residence, they will contribute to the literary culture of Saint Paul de Vence by offering a community event or creative public program.

They are hosted at La Maison Baldwin Residence for Writers, a house in the historic center of St. Paul de Vence located directly across the street from the village church. The home features a 3rd-floor bedroom suite with a sunny terrace overlooking the tiled roofs of the village and the valley beyond.


Residents might also be assigned a charming artist cottage inside a private sculpture garden, made available to the program through a partnership with the city of St. Paul de Vence.


Breakfast and dinner every day is included in the fellowship, as is a $700 travel stipend.

Eligibility and How to Apply

This fellowship is open to emerging writers working in the spirit of James Baldwin. Eligible to apply are poets, playwrights, essayists and fiction writers with no more than one full-length published book, produced film, or professionally staged production (in other words: short films, staged readings, chapbooks and one-act plays don't count).

The deadline has passed to apply for residencies in 2020-2021. Applications for the 2021-2022 residency program will be accepted between September 1 and December 1, 2020.

To apply, send a cover letter, a brief bio and writing sample of ten pages after September 1, 2020 to with the subject line "2021 Residency Application." In your cover letter, please affirm your status as an emerging writer.

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Les Amis de la Maison Baldwin is fiscally sponsored by FJC, a U.S. 501c3 public charity. All donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

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