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FALL 2013
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Applications Wanted
The earlier you apply, the better your chances of receiving Readings/Workshops support for your events. Although we prioritize events that reach underserved audiences, we award the majority of our grants on a first-come, first-served basis. Therefore, funding becomes more competitive as we move through the fiscal year, which runs from July 1 to June 30.

We especially encourage applications from the following counties, which tend to have fewer literary events:

New York State
Alleghany, Cortland, Jefferson, Lewis, Oneida, Oswego, St. Lawrence, Staten Island, and Tioga

Counties in the San Joaquin Valley, Inland Empire, Sierras, and northeastern California

We also have funds available for Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, Houston, New Orleans, Seattle, Tucson, and Washington, D.C.

If you have questions about whether your event qualifies, please see our application guidelines, and feel free to contact us with questions.

For New York State, Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, New Orleans, and Washington, D.C., contact R/W East:
Bonnie Rose Marcus, bmarcus@pw.org, 212-226-0037 ext. 226

For California, Houston, Seattle, and Tucson, contact R/W West:
Jamie FitzGerald, jfitzgerald@pw.org, 310-481-7195
P&W at the Brooklyn Book Festival
Visit Poets & Writers at the Brooklyn Book Festival on Sunday, September 22; we'll be at booth 177. Meet our staff, learn more about our programs, and take home free magazines! The festival, which presents authors from around the world at the Brooklyn Borough Hall and Plaza, is the largest free literary event in New York.
Save the Date: Lit Crawl LA
is October 23
P&W is sponsoring the first official Lit Crawl to come to Los Angeles. Founded in San Francisco in 2004, Lit Crawls bring literature to the streets with pop-up events at venues as diverse as hair salons and pie shops. L.A.'s first Lit Crawl will take place in the North Hollywood (NoHo) arts district and will include writers and organizations from all over Los Angeles. Stayed tuned at litcrawl.org/la, and on Facebook and Twitter .
P&W Community Meeting
in San Francisco
Join us on Monday, September 16, for a Literary Roundtable. We will gather in the Latino B Community Room of the San Francisco Public Library Main Branch from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The meeting will be an opportunity to network, exchange ideas, and learn more about the R/W program. Writers and organizations that sponsor literary events are welcome! Please RSVP to associate director Jamie FitzGerald at jfitzgerald@pw.org.
Calling Alabama Writers
The 2014 Maureen Egen Writers Exchange Contest is open to poets and fiction writers who are residents of Alabama. Win an all-expenses-paid trip to New York City to meet with literary professionals and give a reading! This year's judges are Evie Shockley for poetry and Victor La Valle for fiction. The deadline for the contest is December 1, 2013. Check out the complete guidelines and application here.
New Members of the R/W Team
Two new faces joined the R/W ranks this summer:

Brian Francis Brian Francis is this year's Joseph F. McCrindle Foundation Readings/Workshops Fellow. He is a Cave Canem Fellow from New York City. He received his BA in Creative Nonfiction from the University of Pittsburgh and is currently an MFA candidate at New York University.

Brandi Spaethe
Brandi M. Spaethe
is the fall intern for Readings/Workshops (West). She recently graduated from Fresno State with an MFA in poetry. She's worked for The Normal School and The Philip Levine Prize in Poetry. Her poems have appeared in CRATE, Off the Rocks: An Anthology of GLBT Writing, American Athenaeum, and Slipstream. Her chapbook, To You Who Wants In, was released in December 2012. Spaethe received the 2012 C.G. Hanzlicek Poetry Writing Fellowship and was a poetry fellow in the 2013 Lambda Literary Foundation's Emerging Writer's Retreat. She plans to continue working with literary nonprofits in Los Angeles and writing about the queer community.
Technical Assistance
There is no substitute for a live reading. Still, a well-edited video on YouTube can broaden the reach of your events exponentially. Here are a few tips, with links to some footage from R/W partners:
  • Make sure the production values are high. You don't want your video to look like a bootlegger sneaked a camera into a movie theater. Use a tripod and a good- quality camera (which doesn't have to be expensive).
  • Keep it short, like this three-minute example from a recent workshop at 826LA. Attention spans are short, especially online, so edit your video to no more than ten minutes.
  • Feature strong performers, such as Oveous Maximus, who performed at Ink Slam in 2012. Rhythm, expressiveness, and an enthusiastic audience can make a simple video riveting.
  • Capture spontaneous moments, as when the Pop Up Poets surprised students at North Country Community College in Saranac Lake, New York.
  • Include testimonials from writers or workshop participants. In this video, writer Emily Rubin talks about leading a workshop for people affected by cancer.
  • Create a YouTube channel and encourage all your contacts to subscribe. That way they'll know what they are missing  when they skip an event! The Brooklyn Poets channel is one-stop shopping for poems about pomegranates and body parts.
  • Post a link to your website, so viewers who stumble across your video can learn more about your organization or your writing. Embed videos in your own website to make it more dynamic.
  • Don't forget to send the link to P&W! We love to conduct virtual site visits. E-mail jfitzgerald@pw.org (for R/W West events) or cche@pw.org (for R/W East).
From the Readings & Workshops Blog
Jenny Sadre-Orafai
"Being passive isn't really an option when it comes to being a writer," says P&W-supported poet Jenny Sadre-Orafai. Get her thoughts on social media, animals that come for the dead, and more on the R&W Blog.

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