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Teaching artists near the beginning of their career are invited to design and lead an original poetry workshop as a part of the Poetry Foundation Library’s workshop series, Forms & Features. Interested applicants are encouraged to submit a proposed workshop on any topic of their choice, as long as it engages poetry in a meaningful way. Visiting Teaching Artists will receive an honorarium of $750 for teaching the workshop.

One teaching artist will be featured each month, and selections will be made in six-month installments. The next submission period will open in February 2022. The current call is for an online workshop with international reach. Future workshops may take place at the Poetry Foundation building in Chicago, when we are able to gather safely again. Please direct any questions to library@poetryfoundation.org.

What We Are Looking For:

  • Emerging poetry teaching artists, defined as having 0-2 books published. Those working in multiple disciplines and/or media are encouraged to apply. A degree in Creative Writing is welcome, but not required. A publication history is welcome, but not required. A demonstrated knowledge of poetry, and enthusiasm for art-making and teaching are encouraged.
  • Poets who view teaching as an extension of their creative practice.
  • While materials and elements of the workshop may draw on the poetry and pedagogical practices and lesson plans of others, the workshop as a whole must be original. All proposals should provide attributions where appropriate.

Parts of the Application:

All attachments should be formatted LASTNAME_FIRSTNAME_PARTOFAPPLICATION

  • 300-500 words describing your approach to teaching poetry, including the relationship between creativity, community, and your teaching practices.
  • Teaching Artist Resume, including any relevant experience, education, and practices.
  • Original Lesson Plan for a 2-hour online poetry workshop, including a list of readings and other materials. Teaching Artists should not include their own creative work in the list of readings. Applicants are encouraged to keep the focus of the workshop narrow, and develop one or two activities, rather than provide a large number of possible prompts/activities.
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