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VU Graduate Bryan Byrdlong Receives Prestigious Poetry Fellowship

Posted by on Tuesday, September 14, 2021 in spotlight, Uncategorized.

Bryan Byrdlong (he/him) was recently announced as a 2021 recipient of the Ruth Lilly & Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship. Byrdlong majored in English/Creative Writing at Vanderbilt University, is a Black writer from Chicago, Illinois. He is a graduate of the Helen Zell Writers’ Program at the University of Michigan, and a PhD candidate in Creative Writing and Literature at the University of Southern California. Byrdlong’s honors include First Place in Boulevard Magazine’s 2020 Poetry Contest For Emerging Poets, and a 2020 Gregory Djanikian Scholarship from The Adroit Journal.


The Ruth Lilly & Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowships recognize outstanding young poets, providing support early in their careers to encourage the further study and writing of poetry in the form of their choosing. Each poet receives a $25,800 prize, making the fellowships among the largest and most prestigious awards available for young poets in the United States.