Jacob Saenz is the fourth recipient of the Letras Latinas Residency Fellowship. He will receive $1000 and be in residence for one month this summer at the Anderson Center in Red Wing, Minnesota. This annual distinction is part of an ongoing partnership between Letras Latinas and the Anderson Center. The aim of this initiative is to identify and support a Latino or Latina writer who is working on a first book, and for whom a one month residency would suppose a crucial boost in this effort.
The previous recipients of this fellowship have been:
There is no application process.
Jacob Saenz was born in Chicago but raised in Cicero, Illinois. He went to Columbia College Chicago, receving a BA in Creative Writing (Poetry). While at Columbia, he served as an editor for Columbia Poetry Review. In addition, he was chosen as Columbia's representative for the annual Citywide Undergraduate Reading Festival in 2006.
His poetry has appeared in the pages of Poetry, Buffalo Carp, Apparatus Magazine, OCHO, Inkstains, Columbia Poetry Review and other journals. In addition, he has participated in a couple of poetry theater projects, most recently a staged reading of Raymond Roussel's The Dust of Suns.
He currently serves as an associate editor for RHINO and works full-time at a library.
“I feel this opportunity couldn't have come at a better time in my writing career. While I do have a draft of a chapbook manuscript, I haven't had the time or focus to build that into a full-length collection. I believe this residency will allow me make great leaps both in my writing as a whole and in my manuscript specifically. I am very grateful for this opportunity.”