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And the First Write-a-House in Detroit Goes to…Casey Rocheteau!

By Harriet Staff

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Casey Rocheteau, alum of Callaloo Writer’s Workshop and Cave Canem Fellow, and author of the poetry collection Knocked Up On Yes, is the recipient of a new home in Detroit thanks to the Write a House Project. We can’t think of a better winner. More from the Los Angeles Times:

Nevermind the headlines about water shutoffs and a high-profile murder trial. Casey Rocheteau, a 29-year-old Brooklyn poet, will be packing up her things to move to Detroit in November.

She’s the first winner of the Write a House Project, launched last year to give free homes to writers who commit to live and work in Detroit.

“I think of Detroit [as] this very sort of working-class city that is a hub of creativity,” Rocheteau told the Detroit Free Press. “I’m thinking of a city that is currently undergoing this regeneration. It’s a city that’s seen a lot and taken a lot of abuse.”

The project purchased a home in foreclosure, partnered with another local nonprofit to make major repairs and invited writers to apply to be its writer-in-residence. Three hundred fifty did.

Rocheteau, who has published one poetry collection and has another on the way, emerged as the winner from a diverse list of 10 finalists. Former U.S. poet laureate Billy Collins, one of the contest’s judges, said of her work, “These are witty but deeply serious poems.” […]

Excellent! Congratulations, Casey!

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Posted in Poetry News on Friday, September 19th, 2014 by Harriet Staff.