2024 Kranzberg Arts Foundation High Low Writers Residency Overview

We will select two High Low Writers in Residency for the 2024 KAF Residency program through a rigorous jury process involving panelists and interviews. 

Your submission will only be considered if you have completed the pre-qualification form.

Click here to download a list of the questions contained within this application.

Commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

The Kranzberg Arts Foundation welcomes all communities into our venues and workspaces. We strive to make our environment accessible and inclusive for everyone. We are responsible for creating spaces and programs that provide platforms for Black, Latinx, POC, Native, artists with disabilities, and LGBTQIA+ artists. We have invested heavily in building an infrastructure that is accessible to the entire St. Louis region. We remain committed to using our resources and influence to help develop a more diverse and equitable arts community.

High Low Writers in Residency

This residency component is tailored for writers seeking space and time to compose or complete an excellent literary work. The selected resident will have 18 months to focus on the literary work of choice with no obligation to complete a project. The selected artists will have access to residential organizations, dedicated support staff, and a workspace accessible 24/7 at The High Low (3301 Washington Ave).

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Please note, while the focus of this Residency is tailored towards self-guided artists, the selected artists are always encouraged to collaborate and do readings, writing workshops, and the like throughout the district and locally. The Kranzberg Arts Foundation and all affiliated venues do not house film editing suites or film production equipment, does not have access to available actors and actresses, and is not a publishing house. While all KAF theaters including The Grandel, The Kranzberg, The Marcelle, and .ZACK are available for booking live performances, the logistics of managing individual theater productions require high costs that KAF Resident Organizations pay to utilize. We encourage literary artists to collaborate with local filmmakers, local theater production groups and publishers for any support needed that may be exceeding the resources provided by KAF.



  • 18 Months
  • Onboarding and Orientation: November 2023
  • Residency Starts: Jan 2024
  • Residency Ends: June 2025

Creative Projects:

  • None.  Create at your own pace.

Additional Requirements:

  • Attend required onboarding, orientations, selected Heart and Soul activities, and professional development workshops.
  • Attend Tri-Monthly check-ins with the Residency Director.
  • Complete all surveys and assessments.

Who Should Apply?

Poets, fiction and nonfiction writers, journalists, scholarly, hybrid, cross-disciplinary, children and young adult literary writers, and creative writers.

The Six P’s (Pillars) of KAIR: High Low Writers

Utilizing various KAF resources, residents will have the opportunity to thrive as both artists and individuals. Residency deliverables will vary and can be tailored based on your practice.

Partnerships and Stipend Includes:

  • Stipend: One-time payment of $2,000 (with the opportunity for an additional $500 at the Residency’s end if Additional Requirements are fulfilled for a total of $2,500)
  • Discounted Rates with local vendors 

Promotion and Marketing Includes:

  • Marketing and Storytelling, in conjunction with a Marketing Coordinator

Presentation and People Includes:

  • Exhibition and Gallery Space
  • Staffing
    • Residency Director
    • Visual & Literary Arts Team

Placement and Proximity Includes:

  • Studio Space at the Kranzberg Arts Center

Programming and Wellness Includes:

  • Heart and Soul Training
  • Wellness Activities

Professional Development Includes:

  • Access to various subject matter experts