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POETRY COALITION

PILOT FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM

 

CantoMundo and the University of Arizona Poetry Center, founding members of the Poetry Coalition, are accepting applications for a paid Poetry Coalition Fellowship position. This position is 20 hours per week from September 15, 2020 to June 30, 2021. The stipend is $18,720 plus $1,000 toward health care.

 

The Poetry Coalition is a national alliance of more than 25 organizations dedicated to working together to promote the value poets bring to our culture and the important contribution poetry makes in the lives of people of all ages and backgrounds. Members are nonprofit organizations whose primary mission is to promote poets and poetry, and/or multi-genre literary organizations that serve poets of specific abilities, ethnic, gender, or racial identities, backgrounds, or communities. All members present poets at live events. Each March, members present programming across the country on a theme of social importance. The Poetry Coalition is coordinated by the Academy of American Poets and we are grateful to the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for its support of this work.

 

The Poetry Coalition Fellowship Program is a three-year pilot program. The goals of this are to help:

● diversify the leadership of the nonprofit literary field by encouraging more inclusion of individuals from under-represented communities;

● develop future literary leaders regardless of educational background;

● introduce the individuals who are interested to nonprofit literary arts management, fundraising, programming, and editorial work, providing experiences that will be useful as they seek jobs and inspiring them to consider working in the literary field; and

● increase the capacity of our individual organizations by having additional assistance.

 

Paid fellowships will not “level the playing field.” Opportunity in our country is not equally distributed across ability, class, ethnic, gender, and racial lines. And we alone cannot erase and undo the biases, barriers, discrimination, and prejudice that exist in our country. But we hope poetry organizations can be out front in building equity and inclusivity in literary arts organizations and spaces.

 

HOST ORGANIZATION MISSIONS:  CantoMundo is a national organization that cultivates a community of Latinx poets through workshops, readings, and publications.  CantoMundo provides a space for the creation, circulation, and analysis of Latinx poetry through 1.) administering an annual summer writing retreat for thirty Latinx poets; 2.) sponsoring readings and writing workshops that feature regional communities of Latinx poets; 3.) co-sponsoring the CantoMundo Poetry Series.  Learn more at www.cantomundo.org 

 

The mission of the University of Arizona Poetry Center is to advance a diverse and robust literary culture that serves a local to global spectrum of writers, readers, and new audiences for poetry and the literary arts.  Learn more at www.poetry.arizona.edu

 

POSITION OVERVIEW: The primary function of this fellowship will be to support the CantoMundo Executive Director by helping implement CantoMundo’s strategic plan; by planning and helping coordinate the 2021 CantoMundo retreat at the Poetry Center in Tucson, Arizona, and by deepening the CantoMundo/Poetry Center relationship.  The position will be jointly supervised by the CantoMundo Executive Director and the Literary Director at the University of Arizona Poetry Center.  Although not required, preference will be given to candidates located in Tucson AZ or willing to relocate to Tucson AZ.  

 

FELLOW RESPONSIBILITIES:

● Committing to 20 hours per week for the entire ten-month fellowship

● Adhering to rules and policies of CantoMundo and the University of Arizona as appropriate

● Assisting with some or all of the following:

  • Community outreach

  • Marketing and promotion, including materials development

  • Grant writing and/or fundraising

  • Content production for websites or social media

  • Programming and curating live events, such as poetry readings and workshops

  • General administration

● Assisting with the host organization’s Poetry Coalition joint programming in March

● Attending and participating in meetings

● Attending and participating in monthly Zooms with other Poetry Coalition fellows and Academy staff to foster community, professional development, and create a peer learning group to learn about the following:

  • Community outreach

  • Marketing and promotion, including materials development

  • Grant writing and/or fundraising

  • Content production for websites or social media

  • Programming and curating live events, such as poetry readings and workshops

  • General administration

● Participating in the Poetry Coalition’s fall convening and professional development trainings

● Completing evaluations at the end of the fellowship year

 

FELLOW QUALIFICATIONS:

● Passion for poetry and familiarity with and/or knowledge of contemporary poets

● Interest in literary arts programming, administration, and management

● Demonstrated experience in the areas listed above

 

Note: We welcome all applicants, including those who are enrolled in or have recently graduated from MFA programs in creative writing.

 

TO APPLY: Please submit a cover letter, resume, and 3 references to cantomundouapc@gmail.com. No calls please. It is the policy of CantoMundo and the University Arizona Poetry Center to provide equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran's status, sexual orientation, gender identity or genetic information.

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