Through its live programming, workshops, publications, website and special events, The Poetry Project promotes, fosters and inspires the reading and writing of contemporary poetry by presenting contemporary poetry to diverse audiences, increasing public recognition, awareness and appreciation of poetry and other arts, providing a community setting in which poets and artists can exchange ideas and information, and encouraging the participation and development of new poets from a broad range of styles.
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Productions or Exhibits of Artist Work
The Poetry Project offers
- our headlining and longest-running weekly Wednesday Night Reading Series featuring nationally and internationally recognized poets as well as those of local renown.
- a biweekly Monday Night Reading Series for work from emerging writers.
- a biweekly Friday Night Reading Series provides space for poets and artists whose work is multi/interdisciplinary.
For the 2020–2021 season, all Poetry Project programming is virtual, and all events will be free. The Poetry Project has always embraced a pay-what-you-can model alongside our ticketing, and we’re deepening our commitment this year to make poetry free for anyone who might wish to access it. Of all the changes this past year has issued, we hope one thing that might persist is a freer and more open model for cultural community.
Residencies or Fellowships
The Poetry Project offers the Emerge-Surface-Be Fellowship Program, now in its seventh year, which selects five emerging poets and pairs them with their own poet mentor. Each fellow will receive an award of $2,500. In addition to receiving the honorarium and working one-on-one with their mentors, Fellowship also includes access to all Poetry Project events (free workshops, free readings, free publications), and contributing to The Poetry Project’s journal, The Recluse. As a culminating event, fellows read in The Poetry Project’s Monday or Friday Reading Series with introductions made by their mentors. Fellows will be invited to attend gatherings with the Project’s staff, as well as the other fellows and entors. Poetry Project staff and mentors will also work with each fellow to find other unique opportunities for deepening, sharing, and connecting their poetry to specific goals the fellows might have.
In 2020, we were pleased to launch the Curatorial Fellowship Program, welcoming four Curatorial Fellows who will each be responsible for programming three events, one event per month through Spring and Fall 2021. Fellowship includes a $1,500 curator honorarium, as well as a $1,500 production budget, and $2,100 honoraria budget for event participants. Programming responsibilities include liaising with all event participants, drafting public-facing descriptions, working with the design team to create outreach materials, coordinating with participants and Poetry Project staff around event production logistics and hosting the events.
The Poetry Project offers various low-cost, sliding-scale, and no-fee workshops, master classes, and reading groups where we attempt to expand participation in cultural production and discussion, and challenge conventional power vectors around who is or can be a student, teacher, scholar to foster a learning model that is counter-hierarchical and more circularly discursive. Teachers, experienced writers, and new writers work collectively with a shared dedication to creating exciting poetry and exploring a wide range of literary genres, styles, and traditions.
The Poetry Project’s learning community is enriched and honored by the active, formative participation of poets and writers from all different backgrounds and experiences, regardless of previous academic background. We work to make learning resources and opportunities available to as wide and inclusive a community as possible.
The Project is committed to making sure workshops are available to all who wish to take them. In order to make The Poetry Project’s workshops accessible to a broader community of interested writers, we are happy to announce that we are now offering a limited number of full scholarships for workshops and master classes. Scholarships are available on a first-come, first-serve basis to qualified individuals. See our website for additional information.
The Recluse is published biannually each Spring and Winter and edited by the staff of The Poetry Project. The Poetry Project Newsletter is currently edited by Poetry Project Staff and the Newsletter Collective — Kay Gabriel, Imani Elizabeth Jackson, Dave Morse (art & design), John Rufo, and Wendy Trevino — and is published quarterly.
The Poetry Project hosts an annual New Year’s Day Reading Marathon that features the work of over 150 poets, artists, musicians, and performers. The Marathon is The Poetry Project’s annual benefit and a curated event. The Marathon measures its success through insurrectionist reframings of the universe, an in-it-together courage that crafts a community out of the riot of lineages and traditions we all emerge from. This collective effort also helps fund as many as 65 additional events every year. It’s our largest fundraiser, and arguably the most inspired ongoing literary event in the city. We are currently working to reenvision the Marathon as a virtual presentation in 2021.
The Poetry Project offers a modest stipend for internships open to undergraduates, graduate students, recent grads, and non-grads who are looking for experience in a small, poet-run, not-for-profit arts organization. Applicants should have a strong interest in contemporary poetry. Interns may work for college credit if desired.
We ask that all interns work one day per week in the office (4 hours total), as well as one evening event per week. General office hours are 12pm to 7pm, Monday through Friday. Interns can choose to work at either the Monday (8pm, bi-monthly), Wednesday (8pm, weekly), or Friday (8pm, bi-monthly) reading series, based on their interest and availability.
Internship office responsibilities range from working with the archive, providing support for our workshop programs, engaging with our members, promoting our events, and more.
We’re always accepting new volunteers and are ever-appreciative of additional support! Please email Roberto Montes at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to discuss volunteer options.