Richard Hugo House (Seattle) is looking for a Writer-in-Residence: “The writer-in-residence holds office hours (for free but by appointment only) for anyone seeking advice and feedback on their writing, and they also lead writing workshops and programs that reach into the heart of Seattle’s communities, with a specific focus on underserved populations who may not have access to the arts. Residencies run from September through June and may last for up to two terms.” Pays:”$500 per month stipend for nine months, plus additional compensation for Hugo Classes; a vibrant and growing community of, by and for writers; an opportunity to work with a committed staff in a creative work environment and receive support and encouragement for artistic projects.” There is no application fee. Deadline: June 4, 2012. NB: “Applicants for the position should be practicing, published writers of poetry, fiction or creative nonfiction and accomplished and dedicated writing teachers with experience working with writers of all levels in a traditional workshop setting and on a one-on-one basis as a mentor offering criticism and professional development advice.”
Working an unpaid internship at a magazine in NYC this summer? You may be eligible to win a $1,000 grant from the generous Ed (2010). Summer application deadline (no fee) is May 30, 2012 (11:59 p.m.).
“The Stowe Prize is a $10,000 award to recognize a United States author whose written work makes a tangible impact on a social justice issue critical to contemporary society. Named in honor of Harriet Beecher Stowe, the Stowe Prize was established to commemorate the 200th anniversary of her birth in 2011 and is awarded biennially. The inaugural Stowe Prize was awarded to authors Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn for their work, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide. Harriet Beecher Stowe’s 1852 novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin changed how Americans thought about slavery, galvanizing the antislavery movement and widening the divisions that led to the Civil War. Translated into sixty languages, Uncle Tom’s Cabin remains an international classic, read for its powerful portrayal of the struggle for freedom. It is in this tradition that the winner of the 2013 Stowe Prize will be chosen.” No entry fee indicated. Deadline: July 2, 2012.
“The Common Language Project (a nonprofit online journalism organization based at the University of Washington in Seattle) is commissioning freelance articles, photography, video and multimedia on international issues for an American audience. We are interested in work that is original, rigorously reported, character-driven and designed for online presentation. All stories must include visuals and we give priority to stories that incorporate multimedia. Our rates vary depending on the medium, length and complexity of assigned stories. Note that while we pay for each story we assign, we cannot pay for travel expenses at this time. CLP contributors retain all rights to their work. We publish work from all over the world. Currently we are especially interested in hearing pitches from Latin America, East Asia, and the former Soviet states.”
“Marlboro College [Vt.], a liberal arts college of 300 students and 41 faculty members, invites applicants for a Visiting Professor of Writing for a one-year sabbatical replacement, beginning August 2012. Teaching responsibilities include teaching a Fiction Workshop in the fall and a Poetry Workshop in the spring, tutorial support for advanced students in Writing, with an additional literature course or two (depending on the tutorial load) each semester in the applicant’s area of expertise. MFA or PhD required.”
Oklahoma State University seeks a Visiting Professor, Poetry. “One-year appointment or two one-semester appointments, rank open, beginning August 2012. MFA or PhD in Creative Writing with significant poetry publications and demonstrated excellence in teaching required.”
From the University of Virginia: “The Department of English and Creative Writing and the Program in American Studies seek applications to fill non-tenure-track Lecturer and Instructor positions during the 2012-13 academic year. Subject areas of particular need include but are not limited to: English Language and Literature, Creative Writing (fiction and poetry), and American Studies. Compensation may take the form of wages, part-time salary with part-time benefits or full-time salary with full-time benefits, depending upon the number of courses taught. A relevant terminal degree is expected but not required. Candidates must have a strong commitment to teaching. Applications will be considered immediately.”
Erika Dreifus is the author of Quiet Americans: Stories (Last Light Studio), which is an ALA Sophie Brody Medal Honor Title for outstanding Jewish literature. Quiet Americans was also named a Notable Book (The Jewish Journal) and a Top Small-Press Book (Shelf Unbound). Erika is a contributing editor for Fiction Writers Review and an advisory board member for J Journal: New Writing on Justice, and she wrote the section on “Choosing a Low-Residency MFA Program in Creative Writing” for the second edition of Tom Kealey’s Creative Writing MFA Handbook (Continuum, 2008). Erika is also the editor/publisher of The Practicing Writer, a free (and popular) e-newsletter featuring advice, opportunities, and resources on the craft and business of writing for fictionists, poets, and writers of creative nonfiction.
A high-ranking Nazi’s wife and a Jewish doctor in prewar Berlin. A Jewish immigrant soldier and the German POWs he is assigned to supervise. A refugee returning to Europe for the first time just as terrorists massacre Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics. A son of survivors and the family secrets modern technology may reveal. These are some of the characters and conflicts that emerge in Quiet Americans, in stories that reframe familiar questions about what is right and wrong, remembered and repressed, resolved and unending. Portions of the proceeds from sales of Quiet Americans are being donated to The Blue Card. Quiet Americans has been named a 2012 Sophie Brody Medal Honor Title (American Library Association) and recognized as a “Notable Book” (The Jewish Journal) and “Top Book” (Shelf Unbound).
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