Ends on November 1, 2019

The Poet/Artist-in-Residence Program is a DSTL Arts program designed to support emerging artists, ages 18 and older, whom reside in the communities of East/Northeast and South/Southeast Los Angeles, including the neighborhoods and cities of:

  • Northeast Los Angeles (City of Los Angeles)
  • Boyle Heights (City of Los Angeles)
  • East Los Angeles
  • South Central Los Angeles (City of Los Angeles)
  • Commerce
  • Vernon
  • Huntington Park
  • Watts (City of Los Angeles)
  • Willowbrook (City of Los Angeles)
  • Compton
  • and other communities of Southeast Los Angeles County

This program particularly seeks to support historically marginalized voices, especially those of artists of color, individuals identifying as LGBTQ, and/or immigrant populations. While all are welcome to apply, please note: individuals identifying with, and representing, these communities will be given priority consideration during application review.

The Poet/Artist-in-Residence Program provides two (2), 10–20 week artist residencies for emerging artists, annually. These artist residencies are intended to support the completion of a publishable, chapbook-length manuscript (Patria Coffee Resident Poet/Artist only), AND a Virtual/Augmented Reality experience (TecnoLatinx VR Lab Resident Poet/Artist only), to be released/presented during the Summer months, post-residency.

Selected candidates will receive mentorship from an Arts Mentor during the development of their works, while also receiving training and experience as a Teaching Artist with DSTL Arts.

The residencies are hosted in partnership with community-based, community-centered organizations where the selected Resident Poet/Artists will be given space and time to work on their project during the host site's regular business hours, and will be the venue where the Resident Poet/Artist will be expected to lead 2–4 arts-based workshops.

A $3,750 residency stipend is provided for each Resident Poet/Artist to support their creation and/or completion of new artworks, and as compensation for them providing 2–4 Resident Poet/Artist-led workshops (8 hours total of instruction) for the community that the host site serves.

Please note that each host site has hours of operation that the Resident Poet/Artist must be able to work with to schedule their individual residency work time and the required workshop times.

Poet/Artist-in-Residence Program: Host Sites

Patria Coffee: 108 N. Alameda St.; Compton, CA 90221

  • January 13, 2020 – May 29, 2020 (20 weeks; 3 hours, weekly; four (4) 1.5-hour workshops)

TecnoLatinx VR Lab: 634 N. Spring St.; Los Angeles, CA 90014

  • January 13, 2020 – March 20, 2020 (10 weeks; 6 hours, weekly; two (2) 3-hour workshops)

Eligibility Criteria

  • Emerging Artists Only, 18 years of age, or older, having less than 5 years of experience exhibiting artwork and/or less than 10 publishing credits
  • Not currently enrolled/attending a degree-granting program (HS-equivalency programs are okay)
  • Must reside in Los Angeles County; priority given to individuals living in the communities of South Central Los Angeles, Watts, Compton, Boyle Heights, and immediately adjacent neighborhoods
  • Writers (Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction), Visual Artists (photographers, illustrators, painters, mixed media) and Sculptors are welcome to apply
  • A current résumé is required from every applicant
  • A Portfolio Submission demonstrating a strong sense of community-oriented themes representing the artist's culture/identity and/or a strong interest in community-inspired works (keyword: community; show us how your work aligns with your community and how you hope to represent and engage it)
  • A Project Proposal is required and should demonstrate a strong sense of theme (please note: the residency is of a limited duration, and projects should be feasibly completed within the residency's timeframe)
  • Please note: artists from underrepresented, underserved communities (i.e. POC, LGBTQ, and Immigrant Communities) are given priority consideration

In addition to the above listed Eligibility Criteria, applicants must also demonstrate the following skills/qualities:

  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) preferred, but not required
  • Ability to meet deadlines in a timely manner
  • Ability to receive and consider constructive feedback on both artwork and teaching practice
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Excellent adaptability and patience
  • Understanding of File Management Systems (TecnoLatinx residency)
  • Moderate familiarity with Adobe, or similar, graphic design software (TecnoLatinx residency)
  • Comfort with changing technologies (TecnoLatinx residency)

Application Period: September 30, 2019 – November 1, 2019

Selection Timeline

  • Applications and Portfolios Reviewed: November 4, 2019 – November 22, 2019
  • In-Person Interviews: December 5, 2019 – December 8, 2019 and December 12, 2019 – December 15, 2019
  • Resident Poet/Artists Selections Announcement: December 20, 2019

Artist Residency Timeline

  • Resident Poet/Artist Orientation: week of January 6, 2020 – January 10, 2020
  • Residency Tenure(s): January 13, 2020 – March 20, 2020 (6 hours, weekly, at TecnoLatinx VR Lab site); January 13, 2020 – May 29, 2020 (3 hours, weekly, at Patria Coffee site)

Resident Poet/Artist-Led Workshops:

  • Dates and Times to be coordinated with host site and DSTL Arts staff (typically weekends)
  • TecnoLatinx VR Lab Resident Poet/Artist is expected to offer two (2) 3-hour workshops
  • Patria Coffee Resident Poet/Artist is expected to offer four (4) 1.5-hour workshops

Resident Poet/Artist Project Deadlines

  • TecnoLatinx VR Lab Resident Poet/Artist: Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality Experience/Materials due by March 20, 2020; Resident Poet/Artist Project Public Presentation to be coordinated with host site
  • Patria Coffee Resident Poet/Artist Publishable Literary or Visual Arts Manuscript due by May 29, 2020; Resident Poet/Artist Project Public Presentation to be coordinated with host site

Portfolio Submission Guidelines:

Creative Writing Submissions:

(for TecnoLatinx VR Lab OR Patria Coffee placement)

All creative writing submissions must be typed, 12pt., Times New Roman font, or similar, and must include title and author’s name. Creative writing submissions must be uploaded in either .PDF, .DOC, or .DOCX format.

Creative Writing Submissions may be written primarily in English and/or Spanish. Other languages welcome within your text, but the overall written work must be primarily English or Spanish.


  • All types, forms, and styles accepted (ex. haiku, sonnet, free-form, etc.)
  • Up to four (4) poems, not to exceed ten (10) pages total

Flash Fiction/Short Stories/Creative Nonfiction:

  • 300 words or less
  • Single-spaced
  • Up to two (2) works of prose

Visual Art Submissions:

(for TecnoLatinx VR Lab OR Patria Coffee placement)

All visual art submission must be submitted according to the following guidelines:


  • Upload as .PDF only
  • Four (4) pages per comic submission, maximum
  • Up to two (2), 4pg. comics (8 pages total of illustrated work)

Illustrations (including Printmaking, 2D Mixed Media, Murals, and Street Art):

  • .JPG or .PNG format only
  • Up to four (4) illustrations

Photography (including Photocomposition, Photo Manipulation, Digital Art):

  • .JPG or .PNG format only
  • Artists may submit up to four (4) images

Sculptural Art Submissions:

(for TecnoLatinx VR Lab ONLY)

All sculptural art submissions (including ceramics and papier-mâché)  must be submitted as a series of photographs in .JPG or .PNG format only.

  • Up to three (3) samples, using up to four (4) photographs per sample

Project Proposal Guidelines:

The Poet/Artist-in-Residence Program intends to support the completion of a publishable, chapbook-length manuscript (Patria Coffee Resident Poet/Artist only), AND a Virtual/Augmented Reality experience (TecnoLatinx VR Lab Resident Poet/Artist only) to be released/presented during the Summer months, post-residency.

All Resident Poet/Artist candidates must submit a proposal for completing a project.

In 200 words or less, propose your art/literary project you feel capable of finishing during the Poet/Artist Residency period listed above. In your proposal, be sure to answer the following questions:

  • What is the primary theme you intend to explore?
  • Is this a project that you have already started, and if so, how far along are you in completing it?
  • How does this proposed project reflect your community?
  • How will your proposed project engage the community during the residency?

All proposals must be typed and submitted as either a .PDF, .DOC, or .DOCX.