The Poetry Project

Curatorial Fellowship

We are currently accepting applications for the 2020-2021 season through August 16. Application is free and open to anyone who is interested in curating at The Poetry Project. Learn more about the application process here.

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In continuation of The Poetry Project's commitment to collective modes of programming and place-making, we are pleased to launch the Curatorial Fellowship Program in the 2020-2021 season. We will welcome three Curatorial Fellows who will each be responsible for programming three events, one event per month in The Poetry Project’s Spring 2021 Season. The three events can be part of a linked series exploring a particular theme or question, or they can be three discrete events. Interdisciplinarity and collaboration are welcome. We are interested in the intergenerational, the subversive, the overlooked. We are excited about events that are formally innovative, and curators who share our commitment to remaining counter-hierarchical, community-centered, and wild.

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. We will be accepting applications for both our Curatorial Fellowship and our Emerge-Surface-Be Fellowship from June 15 - August 15, and we will host a welcome for the full cohort of 2020-2021 Fellows in September.

From September 2020 through February 2021, Curatorial Fellows will have the opportunity to collaborate with Poetry Project staff and focus their event conceptualization and development within the context of The Project’s Spring 2021 Season and series. The Poetry Project’s series include a Monday Night Series for emerging writers; the headlining Wednesday Night Readings, our longest running series; our experimental lecture series; and our Friday Night Series for interdisciplinary presentations. Fellows may plan events which fall within any or all of these series. The planned events will then be presented between March and June 2021. We acknowledge that we are passing through a continued public health crisis with uncertain horizon. While we cannot anticipate presently what the Spring of 2021 will hold, we commit to being active and present collaborators with the incoming cohort of Curatorial Fellows. For these reasons, we especially welcome applications from curators with interest in adaptability between both live and digital formats.