The Curatorial Fellowship Program is a continuation of The Poetry Project‘s commitment to collective modes of programming and place-making. Curatorial Fellows are responsible for programming three events, one event per month in The Poetry Project’s Spring 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 in July and August.
Throughout the fall, 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 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.
We acknowledge that we remain in a public health crisis with uncertain horizon. While we cannot anticipate presently what the Spring of 2022 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.
Founded in 2017, Tierra Narrative is a multidisciplinary, multimedia production house and collective creating spaces for transnational conversations and collaborations between the Central American diaspora and the homelands. Tierra Narrative’s plurality and horizontal structure aims toward collective authorship in curation and creative practices. During the course of the 2021 Curatorial Fellowship, The Poetry Project will work with Tierra Narrative members Maryam Ivette Parhizkar and Òscar Moisés Díaz to produce a series of events that center and engage the archive. Proposed events will activate a small library of queer poetics from Gautemala City, invite Salvadoran diaspora writers to respond to archival transnational Salvadoran films, and include a multimedia presentation and conversation with artists and poets on dream transits and the archives of the ancestral.
Bryn Evans is an artist and curator whose work fights for total abolition against violent institutions, declines co-optation, and creates a space that welcomes Blackness as a way forward to futurity. During the course of the 2021 Curatorial Fellowship, The Poetry Project will work with Bryn Evans to support events that speak to the necessity of art and poetry as a collaborative site that “can mobilize repair and relief where there seemingly is none.”
xime izquierdo ugaz's and edua restrepo-castaño's curatorial philosophies and praxes center translation and trans experience. They have visioned a thought-full radical borderless unborderable panamerican poetry party/revolution, steeped in and working from, through, and with boundless potentiality and queer trans languaged/not-yet-languageable futurity. Theirs is an intentional wor(l)d The Poetry Project wants to witness. We can't wait to see you & them & all of us there.
Alexandra Tatarsky will organize a series of linked events posing inquiry into breakdown, decay, and rot –– a (de)composition class examining toxic foundations and remnants that might lay the ground for different possibilities of sustenance. Spanning genre, practice, and terrain, Tatarsky will work with The Poetry Project to organize events with participants who are guided by an intentional relationship to the earth as a daily practice of both practical engagement and wild imaginings.