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Pennsylvania State University

Resident Poet and Drama/Screenwriter

The Penn State Altoona English Program is taking applications for a one-semester teaching residency in poetry and drama/screenwriting.  The residency is designed to offer an emerging writer substantial time to write and offers a salary of $10,000 in return for teaching one general education level introduction to creative writing workshop during the Fall 2014 semester (August 25–December 19).  The resident writer will also give a public reading, visit other creative writing courses, and work informally with our English majors.  We are looking for a writer with publications of poetry in literary magazines and dramatic/screen productions.  Emphasis will be placed on the quality of the work submitted.  Successful candidate will be expected to live in the Altoona area during residency for the Fall 2014 semester.  Benefits and housing are not included.

A Master’s degree in Creative Writing or English is required; an M.F.A. or Ph.D. in Creative Writing is preferred. Teaching experience is also preferred.  The application must consist of a cover letter; a Curriculum Vitae, including resume, teaching experience, and publishing history; and a writing sample (8 pages of poetry and a 10-page script excerpt). Applicants must also have at least one letter of recommendation sent to aa-artsandhumanities@lists.psu.edu. Applicants are also strongly encouraged to submit their applications and accompanying materials electronically to aa-artsandhumanities@lists.psu.edu with “Fall 2014 Part-Time Application” in the subject line in Word or PDF formats.  Review of applications will begin April 1, 2014, and will continue until the position is filled.  Non-electronic inquiries, applications, and additional materials should be sent to:

Emerging Writer Residency, Position #41043, Elm Building, Penn State Altoona, Box 3000 Ivyside Park, Altoona, PA 16601-3760

For additional information about Penn State Altoona, please visit our web page at http://www.altoona.psu.edu.

Employment will require successful completion of background check(s) in accordance with University policies.

Penn State is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity, and the diversity of its workforce.

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