Poetry in New York: scholarship takes creative writing student to the big apple

27 April 2017

University of Queensland Creative Writing PhD student Belle Ling has won a Merit Scholarship to undertake a 2-week program of advanced poetry masterclasses at the New York Summer Writer's Institute.

One of sixty full-tuition scholarships awarded by the institute, the program is delivered by distinguished and decorated writers, among them winners of such major honours as the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award.

Belle will travel to New York in June this year and credits much of her success to the experts and resources available at UQ.

"I am especially grateful for being given a chance to pursue my passion for poetry with my invaluable mentorship from my supervisors Bronwyn Lea and Ruth Blair, as well as the UQ Library's generous support and excellent research materials.

"Without these, I wouldn't be able to perservere and excel," Belle said.

Since its inaugural season in 1987, the Summer Writer's Institute at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, has drawn students of all ages from all over the world, and features a suite of public readings, interviews and discussions by established visiting writers.

Find out more about the program, including details of how to apply for 2018 here.