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We’re Hiring: Poetry Coalition Fellow

We’re Hiring: Poetry Coalition Fellow

Author: Wo Chan

April 26, 2021

Lambda Literary, 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. While the majority of work is conducted virtually, fellows must be located in or near New York City for select, site-specific tasks. Applications accepted from May 6 to July 6, 2021.

About the Poetry Coalition

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. 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 the United States 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, access, and inclusivity in literary arts organizations and spaces.

Position Overview

Lambda Literary nurtures and advocates for LGBTQ writers, elevating the impact of their words to create community, preserve our legacies, and affirm the value of our stories and our lives. Please visit to learn more about our programs.

This fellowship provides the opportunity to help design, produce, and publicize Lambda’s poetry programming, including its signature event in March through the Poetry Coalition, as well as poetry reviews on our website, and vital behind-the-scenes support for the most prestigious and glamorous LGBTQ literary event in the world, the annual Lambda Literary Awards (the “Lammys”), which celebrate the best LGBTQ books of the year, including 4 awards in poetry.

Fellow Responsibilities

  • Committing to 20 hours per week for the entire ten-month fellowship 
  • Adhering to rules and policies of Lambda Literary, as appropriate
  • Assisting with some or all of the following: 
    • Content production for websites or social media 
    • Researching LGBTQ poets, writers, and books. 
    • Programming and curating live events, including, readings and workshops
    • Marketing and promotion, including materials development 
    • 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 LGBTQ poetry and familiarity with and/or knowledge of contemporary LGBTQ poets
  • Interest in literary arts programming, administration, and management 
  • Exceptional organizational skills, attention to detail, and follow-through. You are responsible, responsive, and can be trusted to get the job done. 
  • Strong MSExcel and/or Google Sheets skills
  • Experience editing content in WordPress or similar content management system
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to handle proprietary or sensitive information with discretion.
  • 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 2-3 references to  No calls please. While the majority of work is conducted virtually, fellows must be located in or near New York City. Applications accepted from May 6 to July 6, 2021.

Equal Opportunity

Lambda Literary follows an Equal Employment Opportunity policy and employs personnel without regard to gender (including pregnancy), gender identification (an individual’s internal sense of one’s own gender), sexual orientation (determined by whom an individual is sexually attracted to and also has the potential for loving), race, color, religious practices, ethnic or religious background, descent or nationality, disability (including past, present, or future physical, intellectual or psychiatric disability, learning disorders or disease – for example, HIV) marital status, age, height, and weight or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

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