2021 Writer in Residence

The 2021 Velvetpark Writer Residency has been awarded to Yamilette Vizcaino Rivera. She begins her residency this week in Brooklyn at Crown Studios. Once Yamilette settles in we look forward to posting and update on her work.

Mention should be made of our short list candidates; Mariam Bazeed, and Wazina Zondon. Our selection committee comprised of author/vlogger/fashion designer and stylist Lesley Ware and writer/editor/archivist/librarian Shawn(ta) Smith.

We here at Velvetpark want to thank everyone who applied. And while I know “Dear John/Jane” emails for those who received them, are always hard to read, there were indeed many talented and skilled applicants which made the selection process very competitive and challenging for our committee.

So take heart, your hard work is noticed and appreciated! We hope to work with many of you in the not to distant future.

On ward!
Grace Moon