Poets & Writers

Joseph F. McCrindle Foundation Readings & Workshops Fellow

In honor of its founder, Galen Williams, and in order to nurture the next generation of leaders for the literary field, Poets & Writers offers the Galen Williams Fellowship Program.

The Joseph F. McCrindle Foundation Readings & Workshops Fellow provides support for the Readings & Workshops program, which provides matching fees to writers giving public readings and writing workshops throughout the states of California and New York State, and in eight other cities outside those states. This paid fellowship will provide experience in all aspects of program administration as well as the opportunity to interact with scores of writers and community based organizations that present literary programming for diverse populations around the country.

This position is best suited to a graduate student or an individual who has recently completed a graduate degree; however, other qualified and motivated candidates will also be considered. The fellow will work twenty hours per week for ten months, providing valuable support as well as fresh insight and creativity to our team. In turn, Poets & Writers will provide a comprehensive apprenticeship in literary programming in a non-profit setting. In addition to extensive work experience, the fellow will:

  • Meet weekly with supervisor; in addition to reviewing tasks to be accomplished, the fellow will be encouraged to reflect upon what he/she is learning and to ask questions about the field and related career opportunities.
  • Participate in several one-on-one meetings with leaders in the field, to be selected based upon the fellow’s interests. These may include writers, colleagues at literary organizations, members of Poets & Writers’ Board, or others.

Responsibilities include:

  • Assisting with processing and review of applications for funding;
  • Reviewing sponsor and writer reports;
  • Making site visits to events we support in New York City area;
  • Conducting outreach to writers and organizations in person, and by telephone and e-mail;
  • Assisting with the administration of the Maureen Egen Writers Exchange Contest;
  • Assisting with the Intergenerational and Connecting Cultures readings and other events;
  • Executing general office duties as necessary.


  • Strong interest in the non-profit literary arts and arts management;
  • Familiarity with the New York City literary community a plus;
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel);
  • Familiarity with database management a plus;
  • High-level communication skills; 
  • Internet proficiency;
  • Organized, detail-oriented, and reliable.

This half-time fellowship begins in September 2019 and ends in June 2020. The salary is $12,400 for the term of the fellowship ($15.50/hour). Poets & Writers will be pleased to cooperate with the fellow’s school to provide credit, if requested. This position is supported by a generous gift from the Joseph F. McCrindle Foundation.

To apply, please forward a cover letter, résumé, and letter of recommendation to Bonnie Rose Marcus, Director, Readings & Workshops (East) and the Writers Exchange at bmarcus@pw.org. Please include “R&W Fellowship” in the subject line. Attachments should be .pdf, .doc, or .rtf files; other file types will not be opened. No calls, please. The deadline for applying is July 15, 2019.

About Poets & Writers

Founded in 1970, Poets & Writers is respected and trusted as the primary source of information, support, and guidance for poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. Our work is rooted in the belief that literature is vital to sustaining a vibrant culture. We focus on nurturing literature’s source: creative writers.

Our mission is to foster the professional development of poets and writers, to promote communication throughout the literary community, and to help create an environment in which literature can be appreciated by the widest possible public.

We advance this mission through our flagship publication, Poets & Writers Magazine; our website, pw.org, which provides trustworthy advice, information, and a lively online community for writers; the Readings & Workshops Program; and awards for writers including the $50,000 Jackson Poetry Prize, the Maureen Egen Writers Exchange Award, and the Amy Award. Learn more at pw.org.

The Readings & Workshops Program

Each year, through its Readings & Workshops program, Poets & Writers supports more than 750 writers participating in over 2,000 literary events throughout New York State and California, as well as in Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, Houston, New Orleans, Seattle, Tucson, and Washington, D.C. Poets & Writers distributes more than $200,000 annually in the form of matching grants (restricted to the payment of writers’ fees) to a variety of organizations—from community centers to prominent art museums. Learn more at pw.org/funding.

Poets & Writers is an equal opportunity employer and encourages diversity in its hiring. 

Contact Information

Bonnie Rose Marcus, Director, Readings & Workshops (East) and the Writers Exchange
Poets & Writers
90 Broad Street, Suite 2100
New York
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