TO APPLY, please prepare a ten page sample. This should contain your best representative work in your primary genre(s).

Theater, spoken word, comics and visual artists may submit supplemental audio, video, or visual items; however, candidates will primarily be judged on their ten page writing sample.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS (Deadline: March 31st, 2017)


Kearny Street Workshop, in collaboration with Asian Art Museum, presents Interdisciplinary Writers Lab (IWL), a 3-month, multi-genre master class for local writers of color scheduled for summer 2017. IWL is a unique program that challenges emerging writers to thoroughly explore and develop their writing skills and styles across multiple genres.

The goals of the IWL program include: providing local emerging writers/artists with the opportunity to challenge, develop, and expand their practice by working with established writers in a variety of genres; to contribute to the development of new literary forms and language that incorporate multiple forms of creative expression; to provide emerging artists with the opportunity to build community and connect with writers in the literary world; and to publish in a print anthology that highlights work by exciting new writers committed to exploring new forms and voices.

Tuition for IWL is $350. The application fee is $10. In order to reserve your spot with IWL, full tuition must be paid upon acceptance into the program. Failure to pay tuition before the established deadline prior to the start of IWL could result in removal from the program. 


*Although IWL accepts applications from all interested students, the focus of this program is geared towards artists and writers of color. It’s our hope that the students’ engagement in this program will prompt the further development of their craft.


IWL 2017 is a collaboration between Kearny Street Workshop and Asian Art Museum, San Francisco.


Paul Flores

Poet, performance artist, playwright, and spoken word artist Paul S. Flores explores the intersection of urban culture, Hip-Hop, and transnational identity rooted in his growing up in both Chula Vista, CA and Tijuana, Mexico. His theater works include the play On The Hill: I AM ALEX NIETO (2016), PLACAS: The Most Dangerous Tattoo (2012), a bilingual tale of fathers and sons, transformation and redemption; the solo performance You’re Gonna Cry (2011); and the two-hander REPRESENTA! (2007). He is a 2015 Doris Duke Performing Artist Award winner, 2014 KQED Hispanic Heritage Local Hero, and 2011 San Francisco Weekly Best Politically Active Hip-Hop Performance Artist. Support for his work also includes the 2016 Gerbode, Hewlett Foundation Theater Commission Award, National Performance Network Forth Fund Award (2014) and NPN Creation Fund (2012), an NEA Theater grant (2013), and a National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures Fund for the Arts Individual Artist Award (2015). He teaches Hip-Hop Theater and Spoken Word at University of San Francisco. 

Arisa White

Cave Canem fellow Arisa White received her MFA from UMass, Amherst, and is the author of Black Pearl, Post Pardon, Hurrah’s Nest, and A Penny Saved. She teaches in the low-residency BFA program at Goddard College, is on the board of directors for Nomadic Press and is a distinguished visiting writer in residence at Saint Mary’s College of California for Spring 2017. You’re the Most Beautiful Thing that Happened is her newest collection from Augury Books.

Christine Hyung-Oak Lee

Author of the memoir, Tell Me Everything You Don’t Remember, from Ecco / Harper Collins. Her short fiction and essays have appeared in Zyzzyva, Guernica, The Rumpus, The New York Times, and BuzzFeed, among other publications. Born in New York City, Christine earned her undergraduate degree at UC Berkeley and her MFA at Mills College. Her novel, The Golem of Seoul, is forthcoming from Ecco / Harper Collins.

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