The Poetry Matters 2012 poetry award “is open to anyone, anywhere who is in Middle School or older.” There is no entry fee. “Cash Prizes are given to 1st ($100), 2nd ($75), 3rd ($50) and 4th ($35) place winners. To receive the cash prize winners must have their poem read (in person or via video) at the poetry reading event.” Deadline: March 23, 2012. (via @femministas)
“The United States Forest Service offers residencies of seven to nine days from June through August to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers, to take part in a field project in the wilderness of the Alaskan National Forest. Residents will be paired with a wilderness ranger, with whom they will camp, kayak, hike, and explore the coastal terrain of the Tongass and Chugach National Forests, while assisting with research, fieldwork, and other light ranger duties. Residents are provided with camping equipment, food, and travel to an from the field, but are responsible for their own transportation to Alaska. Residents are expected to donate one piece of creative work to the Forest Service, and to give one public presentation, such as a reading or a workshop, within six months of their residency that in some way connects a community to its public lands (the presentation does not have to take place in the community of the residency). Submit six pages of poetry or prose and a statement of purpose by April 20. There is no application fee. Visit the website for an application form complete guidelines.”
The Sustainable Arts Foundation provides Writing Awards ($6,000) and smaller “Promise Awards” to writers (of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry) who have at least one child under the age of 18. “We welcome applicants from anywhere, but will give some preference to residents of the San Francisco bay area.” The next application deadline is March 1; no application fees are indicated.
Drew University (N.J.) is looking for an MFA Program Director: “The Caspersen School of Graduate Studies is seeking a director of our low-residency MFA program in Poetry and Poetry Translation. The program is in its fourth year, has a nationally renowned faculty and graduates with a strong record of publication already. The director is responsible for the direction of the program: will teach two students per semester; lecture at the residencies and give a reading; work with admissions to recruit students; supervise program budget; provide orientation for new faculty and students; oversee faculty and students during the correspondence semesters; oversee course/faculty/student evaluations; identify guest writers/poets for readings; work with the dean’s office to set the schedule for the January. June residencies; organise the lectures/panels; oversee the senior panels; track students’ progress; work with the dean’s office to promote the program; assign faculty mentors for students and serve as a liaison with the larger university community. Curriculum development is another important part of the job. For example, our program is distinguishing itself by offering a translation component. The Director is expected to explore options for opening additional such ‘tracks’ in the program, in keeping with the strengths and resources of Drew and the program.”
Georgia College & State University seeks an Assistant Professor of English (Fiction): “Undergraduate and graduate teaching, thesis advising, and editing for graduate and undergraduate literary journals. Candidate will be expected to design and offer graduate and upper division courses in literary fiction and creative nonfiction as well as other undergraduate liberal arts courses.”
California College of the Arts is advertising for an nontenure-track Assistant/Associate Professor in Creative Nonfiction Writing. “Course load is negotiable and not to exceed four courses per academic year. Candidate will teach regularly in the undergraduate Writing and Literature Program and MFA Program in Writing. Candidate will also participate in program and college-wide service, including curricular development and assessment.”
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.
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