Kundiman, 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 15, 2020 to June 30, 2021. The stipend is $18,720 plus $1,000 toward health care. 

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 of specific abilities, ethnic,  gender, or racial 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, and Kundiman will host a Fellow for the 2020–2021 year only. 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 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 our country 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 and inclusivity in literary arts organizations and spaces. 

Kundiman is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to nurturing generations of writers and readers of Asian American literature. 

The Communications Fellow position supports Kundiman's programs by disseminating information through our website, emails, e-blasts, social media channels, brochures, and press releases. The Communications Fellow reports to the Programs & Communications Director and to the Executive Director. Candidates must be based in the New York City area to attend meetings and events, but most of the internship will be conducted remotely.

We’re looking for candidates with:

  • An interest in Asian American writers and literature;
  • A desire to work within a community of writers and arts workers;
  • Alignment with Kundiman's mission and core values;
  • An openness to learning new skills and a desire to grow
  • Excellent verbal, written, and visual communications skills, including the ability to draft warm, professional, and timely emails, write clear and informative copy, and create compelling graphics. All communications should be free of grammar and usage errors and should follow professional conventions;
  • The ability to work independently, as well as with others, manage time, and meet deadlines; and
  • An attention to detail.

Duties include:

  • Committing to 20 hours per week for the entire ten-month fellowship
  • Adhering to rules and policies of Kundiman as appropriate 
  • Assisting with some or all of the following:
  • Marketing and promotion, including materials development;
  • Helping to think through Kundiman’s overall communications, messaging, and social media strategy. We would love someone proactive who can take the initiative to pitch new creative ideas but also understands our values and will take the time to learn our voice; 
  • Drafting copy for programming, communications, and development, and creating content for our website via Squarespace, e-blasts via MailChimp, brochures, flyers, and our biannual report via Photoshop and InDesign;
  • Designing graphics for our programs, development collateral, merchandise, social media, and other communications via Canva, Photoshop, and InDesign, as well as other promotional materials;
  • Implementing Kundiman’s publicity plan across traditional and social media platforms, including Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram;
  • Writing press releases and sending them to media outlets;
  • Attending NYC programs (if safe to do so) and helping to create a digital archive of all programs;
  • 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;
  • Participating in the Poetry Coalition’s fall convening and professional development trainings; and
  • Completing evaluations at the end of the fellowship year.

Qualifications: 

  • Passion for poetry and the literary arts and familiarity with and/or knowledge of contemporary poets;
  • Interest in literary arts, communications, programming, administration, and management; 
  • Knowledge of Squarespace, MailChimp, Canva, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, InDesign, Photoshop a plus; and
  • 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. 

Applications will be accepted May 20th, 2020 through July 15, 2020 via Submittable. Please submit a cover letter, resume, and 2-3 references. Please also attach in a single PDF, a sample media plan that includes 250–300 words of copy, a sample eblast, three sample social media posts across our platforms, and a sample graphic for one of our programs or development initiatives. 

Kundiman is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

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