2021 Poetry Coalition Fellow

The Asian American Writers’ Workshop, a founding member of the Poetry Coalition, is accepting applications for a paid Poetry Coalition Fellowship position. This position is 20 hours per week from September 13, 2021 to June 30, 2022. The stipend is $18,720 plus $1,000 toward health care. The AAWW is devoted to creating, publishing, developing, and disseminating literature by Asian diasporic writers. Since our founding in 1991, we have worked to provide an alternative literary arts space at the intersection of migration, race, and social justice.  

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 in the disability community and of specific racial, ethnic, or gender identities, backgrounds, or communities. All members present poets at live events. 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. 

The Poetry Coalition Fellow will report to the Executive Director and work with the Executive Director and Programs team to implement AAWW’s development and programming strategies. This position will boost administrative capacity across the AAWW staff, and assist with grant writing, donor outreach and stewardship, fundraising research, and will be an integral part of the Programs team in visualizing, curating, and producing a gala event in the fall of 2021 to support the AAWW’s work and mission. 

FELLOW RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Committing to 20 hours per week for the entire ten-month fellowship 
  • Adhering to rules and policies of the Asian American Writers’ Workshop 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.

AAWW is committed to an inclusive work environment with a respect for difference and a dedication to fairness; AAWW recognizes that proactive efforts are required to ensure the well-being of the staff in this regard. AAWW will not discriminate on the basis of race, medical and mental health history, ethnicity, gender identity, gender expression, economic status, religion, creed, sexual orientation, disability, immigration status, Union activity, marital and/or partnership status, parental status, familial status, caregiver status, status as a victim of domestic violence, citizenship, national origin or alienage, ancestry, genetic information, size, age, military or veteran status, arrest record, status as a sex worker, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment including, without limitation, hiring, placement, promotion, compensation, leaves of absence, layoff, termination, and use of interns and temporary employees.

TO APPLY: Please submit a cover letter, resume, and 2-3 references to jobs@aaww.org by July 6, 2021. Please include the following subject line: FULL NAME – Poetry Coalition.