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