FSU Grants Fellowship Award for Summer Internship at PCC

Paige Blair, a second-year candidate in the Master of Fine Arts in poetry program at Florida State University, has been granted the prestigious Moellership award for her proposal to join the Poetry Center as a summer intern.

The Moellership program provides students at Florida State University the opportunity to focus 8 – 12 weeks of their summer on full-time service at a nonprofit agency. Florida State University’s Center for Leadership and Social Change funds four FSU students to serve local, national, and international non-profits in capacities which enhance their academic focus and positively impact communities.

Paige plans to learn skills which will help her connect communities in creative collaboration as well as positively impact the community through her passion for the arts. She aims to encourage the continuation of arts education by developing summer workshops and focusing on student poetry promotion. Paige says:

As an M.F.A. Poetry candidate, I’m thrilled to partner with the Poetry Center of Chicago to bring Hands on Stanzas programming into Chicago Public Day Schools over the summer. I’m also eager to assist Danielle Susi in the ongoing effort to archive the PCC’s extensive library of poetry readings by America’s most prominent contemporary poets. I’m grateful to both FSU and the Poetry Center of Chicago for this invaluable opportunity. Thank you for having me!


Many thanks to Florida State University and the Moellership program for their support of the Poetry Center!





“Writing poetry makes me feel like I can see myself, like I can see my reflection, but not in a mirror, in the world. I write and I know I can be reflected.”
-Oscar S.

“Writing poetry makes me feel free.”
-Buenda D.

“Writing poetry is like your best friend.”
-Jessica M.