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The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation: Poet-in-Residence

The Poet-in-Residence at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum is a new one-year position created in collaboration with the Academy of American Poets that will be specifically focused on public engagement. The Poet-in-Residence will work together with the Guggenheim Education team to design and produce a suite of poetry-related programs for adult, teen, and intergenerational audiences to take place over the 2022 calendar year. The goal of the Poet-in-Residence’s programming is to create enriching experiences with poetry for the public that will intersect with museum initiatives, architecture, and exhibitions, and may include, but are not limited to, poetry or spoken word reading events, social media initiatives, activations of the interactive poetry hub in the Aye Simon Reading Room, programming in the museum galleries, and poetry workshops for youth audiences. The residency will run from late January to December of 2022 and offers a $20,000 honorarium from the Guggenheim Museum, and one or more features in Academy of American Poets’s publications.

Apply for the Poet-in-Residence Position

Applications for the Poet-in-Residence position will open on November 2, 2021, and will be accepted until December 5, 2021, at 11:59 pm EST. Please see below for full details on how to apply.

Eligibility

Any poet who meets the below criteria as of January 1, 2022 is eligible to apply:

  • 21 years of age or older;
  • Currently authorized to work in the US for any employer;
  • Able to commute to the Guggenheim Museum in New York City throughout the residency and in compliance with the Guggenheim’s health and safety protocols and applicable law in connection with COVID-19;
  • Published one or more collections of poetry (excluding books that are self-published and/or published with a subsidy press that requires payment by the author) or substantial history of public spoken word performances;
  • Correctly completed application submitted by the deadline.

Please note that this is a hybrid residency; the Poet-in-Residence will be expected to commute regularly to the Guggenheim Museum in New York City beginning in late January, with some work being conducted remotely. The successful candidate will be interested in initiating, encouraging, and sustaining a public dialogue with poetry through deep engagement with the Guggenheim and broader New York City community.

Submission Guidelines and How to Apply

To apply, please visit https://poets.submittable.com/submit/206680/2022-poet-in-residence-public-engagement and submit all materials through the application portal, Submittable. Note that the application form will not be viewable until November 2, 2021. Please upload to Submittable the following:

  • Your curriculum vitae (no more than three pages) that includes your name and current contact information, and information such as your current and past employment, publication history, awards, performances and readings, past public poetry projects, and education. We encourage you to include links to your recent publications and performances in your CV;
  • A 250–500-word detailed description of your proposed Poet-in-Residence project(s), including a programming timeline, that answers how the nature of the project(s) aligns with the Guggenheim and how programming will engage adult, teen, and/or intergenerational audiences. Specific program ideas and suggestions for speakers or presenters are welcomed. Programs should be conceptualized for an on-site audience at the Guggenheim Museum.

Online submissions are accepted through the Academy of American Poets’s submission manager, Submittable. For questions about using Submittable, please visit: https://submittable.help/en/articles/904856-how-do-i-submit. If you need accommodation for accessibility, please contact publicprograms@guggenheim.org.

The Guggenheim Museum and the Academy of American Poets assume no responsibility for applications not received due to user error.

Applicants may verify the receipt of their materials by logging into Submittable.

The decisions of the Guggenheim Museum and the Academy of American Poets as to eligibility are final.

Selection Process and Timeline

Applications will be accepted from November 2, 2021, until December 5, 2021, at 11:59 pm EST.

Applications that successfully meet the submission guidelines outlined above will be reviewed by a panel of judges beginning December 6.

Following the panel’s review of the applications, the selected candidate will be notified by December 23, 2021, and announced publicly on January 10, 2022, on the websites of the Guggenheim and Academy of American Poets.

All applicants will receive notification on January 10, 2022, with a link to the public announcement.

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