Allison Adelle Hedge Coke was named the 2016 Witter Bynner Fellow as selected by the 21st Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry, Juan Felipe Herrera.
This honor was celebrated on March 9, 2016 at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. As part of her reading, she was accompanied by Kelvyn Bell on guitar and Laura Ortman on violin.
Hedge Coke received a $10,000 fellowship. This is the 19th year that the fellowship has been awarded. The Witter Bynner Fellowship supports the writing of poetry. Only two things are asked of each fellow: that he or she organize a reading in their hometowns and participate in reading and recording sessions at the Library of Congress. Applications are not taken for the fellowships; the Poet Laureate makes the selection.
Herrera has ties to VCFA; he is a former faculty member for the MFA in Writing program and helped advise Hedge Coke when she attended the college in 1995.