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Millay Colony

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“I found the bucolic environment deeply restorative, peaceful, and conducive to creative production. Simple things–like having a dedicated artist studio and meals provided–allowed me to stay focused on my poems, a rare opportunity for any working writer.”
Charif Shanahan, 2016 Resident

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Between the months of August and November 2018, the Millay Colony for the Arts, Austerlitz, NY, will provide a month-long poetry residency for one Cave Canem fellow. The residency includes housing; food for breakfast, lunch and weekend dinner; a $250 honorarium; and, funding permitting, an opportunity to participate in a group reading in New York City.

Founded in 1973 by Norma Millay Ellis, sister of Edna St. Vincent Millay, the Millay Colony is a residency center for visual artists, writers and composers. Now in its 36th season, the Millay Colony has offered residencies to nearly 2,000 artists from the U.S. and abroad. Residents enjoy comfortable private rooms, private studio spaces and ample time to work in a quiet, pastoral atmosphere. The seven-acre campus, rich with meadows and forest, sits adjacent to Edna St. Vincent Millay’s former home and gardens and the exquisite Harvey Mountain State Forest.

To Apply:
  • Details can be found here.
  • In response to the application question “How did you hear of Millay Colony?” write the following words verbatim: “CAVE CANEM INVITATION.”
  • Applications may be submitted by mail or online.

The deadline to apply has passed.

Within one month of completing the Millay residency, the selected participant is required to submit to Cave Canem a one-page evaluative report.

Questions? Contact Elizabeth Bryant at with the subject line, “Millay.”