Fiction & Poetry
Fiction and poetry are the lifeblood of Under the Volcano. Seekers of story and argonauts of the imagination, our participants may be published or unpublished, “emerging” or seasoned, speculative or realistic, but all are deeply committed to honing their work in a community of accomplished peers. We invite applications from writers across the Americas and beyond—in both English and Spanish—who are ready to take their voice to the next level.
Thanks to a major grant from the Poetry Foundation, poetry will be center-stage in January 2024, with two new full fellowships and a financial aid fund specifically for poets who write in English, Spanish or an indigenous language of the Americas. In addition to our core poetry faculty of Jennifer Clement, Rafael Segovia and Keetje Kuipers, confirmed guest poets include Homero Aridjis, Cyrus Cassells, Sandra Cisneros, Sandra Lorenzano, Enriqueta Lúnez, Natalia Toledo and Javier Zamora.
See our Masterclasses page for details on our core fiction faculty for 2024.
in Creative Writing @ UTV
Our masterclasses are led by master writers from across the English- and Spanish-speaking worlds. Current and past faculty include:
Founding faculty: Maureen Howard & Grace Paley
Sabrina Orah Mark
Sheree Renée Thomas
What makes our program unique
at a glance..
for Poets and Fiction Writers
We currently offer seven full fellowships to writers of fiction or poetry—four in English and three in Spanish. Our Black Writers Matter Fund offers sliding scale support to qualified Black applicants (talent + need).
Selected Alumni Books
Our alumni are publishing non-stop and we couldn’t be more proud. Hardly a week goes by without word of another novel, short story collection, memoir or poetry chapbook by one of our graduates. Many of the titles on this page began at Under the Volcano and grew by leaps and bounds before our eyes.
“I have never felt so supported to achieve what I want. I “leave” this experience with my heart filled with joy, with my brain like a Christmas tree, full of new ideas, and with a sense that I have finally met my tribe.”
“I walked away feeling enriched, and like I can actually make a career out of writing, instead of a dream.”
“Sin Under the Volcano y la beca no hubiera logrado este premio.”
“Receiving the Imagination Unbound fellowship proved that the years I spent working my fingers to the bone and sharpening my writing to the finest point possible changed my life for the better.”
“UTV ha cambiado mi manera de entender qué escribo y desde dónde escribo. Me voy feliz y con toda la inspiración para seguir mi sueño.”
“Three weeks of inspired and enthusiastic teaching, rigorous editing and encouragement to continue writing. I wish each session could have been longer. “
“Under The Volcano es una experiencia de imaginación: nos llama a imaginar nuevas formas de escribir y nuevas formas posibles de hacer comunidad. “
“The residency is a poetic vaccine. Thankful each day for the poetic protection! “
“Escribir es mi proceso para habitar el mundo y para recordar que en tiempos difíciles el arte y la imaginación nos pueden salvar la vida.”
“Sheree’s mentorship, the group’s feedback, and the community’s belief in my novel’s potential gave me the push I needed to make it to the end.”