The Poet-in-Residence at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum is a one-year position created in collaboration with the Academy of American Poets that specifically focuses 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 2023 calendar year. The goal of the Poet-in-Residence’s programming is to create enriching experiences with poetry for visitors while considering how the Guggenheim may serve as an active public space for visionary ideas and community. Programs may intersect with the museum’s initiatives, architecture, and exhibitions, and can 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. Following initial selection and planning meetings in late 2022, the residency programs will run through December 2023. The Poet-in-Residence receives a $20,000 honorarium from the Guggenheim Museum, and one or more features in the Academy of American Poets’s publications.
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Apply for the Poet-in-Residence Position
Applications for the Poet-in-Residence position will open on Tuesday, September 6, 2022, and will be accepted until Sunday, October 16, 2022, at 11:59 pm ET. Please see below for full details on how to apply.
Any poet who meets the below criteria as of January 1, 2023, is eligible to apply:
- 21 years of age or older
- Currently authorized to work in the U.S. 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 chapbooks and/or full-length collections of poetry (excluding books that are self-published and/or published with a subsidy press that requires payment by the author) or has a 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 2022, 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 the broader New York City community.
Submission Guidelines and How to Apply
To apply, please submit all materials through this application portal. Please upload to Submittable the following:
- A 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 description of an overall concept or thematic that your Poet-in-Residence program(s) would address. Specific program ideas, suggested event frequency, and recommendations for speakers or presenters are welcome, but not required. Programs should be conceptualized for an on-site audience at the Guggenheim Museum. Please also address: How the nature of your proposal aligns with the Guggenheim; How programming will engage adult, teen, and/or intergenerational audiences; and, How your proposal supports the Guggenheim in growing and building community, and encourages repeat visitation
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 email@example.com.
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 September 6, 2022, until October 16, 2022, at 11:59 pm ET.
Applications that successfully meet the submission guidelines outlined above will be reviewed by a panel of judges beginning October 17.
Following the panel’s review of the applications, the selected candidate will be notified in early November, and announced publicly on the websites of the Guggenheim and Academy of American Poets in 2023.
All applicants will receive notification of their acceptance or declination by the end of November.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does this residency include support for my writing?
- The specific purpose and focus of the Poet-in-Residence position is public engagement.
Am I eligible to apply?
- Please see the “Eligibility” section for more details on whether you may be eligible to apply.
If I applied for the Poet-in-Residence position in the past but was not accepted, am I eligible to reapply?
- Yes. Candidates who applied for the Poet-in-Residence position during a previous cycle but were not accepted are eligible to reapply.
Is this residency only open to poets?
- Yes. This is a new position for a poet.
Am I eligible to apply if I don’t have a published full-length poetry collection, but have a published poetry chapbook?
- Yes, as long as the poetry chapbook is not self-published.
How will I know if my application was received?
- Applicants may verify the receipt of their materials by logging into Submittable. Please do not contact the Guggenheim Museum or Academy of American Poets to verify receipt as we will be unable to respond.
Will all applicants be contacted?
- All applicants will receive notification in November 2022 notifying them of their acceptance or declination.
Will my stipend be used to fund the programming?
- No. You will work alongside the Guggenheim Education team with a separate, dedicated programming budget that will be shared with the selected candidate.
I am willing to relocate if I am accepted to the residency. Will I be offered a relocation stipend?
- The selected candidate will be asked to commute to the Guggenheim Museum in New York throughout the residency. We are unable to cover or provide additional funding for travel, accommodation, or relocation.
How often will the resident need to commute to the Guggenheim Museum in New York?
- The selected candidate will be asked to commute to the Guggenheim Museum in New York on a regular basis for planning meetings, and will be expected on-site for any live programs that take place. On-site meetings will happen most frequently during the initial planning stages, beginning in late 2022.
If I am the selected candidate, will my commute to and from the Guggenheim for Poet-in-Residence duties be covered by a stipend or reimbursed?
- No. We are unable to cover or provide additional funding for travel or commuting.
Would the Guggenheim sponsor the selected candidate for a visa?
- No. The Guggenheim is unable to sponsor a visa for this residency. Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the U.S. for any employer.
Will the selected candidate be a Guggenheim employee?
- No. The Poet-in-Residence position is a contract engagement. The selected candidate will be required to sign a residency agreement and provide an IRS Form W-9 or IRS Form W-8BEN, as applicable. If you are not a U.S. taxpayer, the honorarium may be subject to tax withholding.
I missed the deadline to apply. Will there be another Poet-in-Residence at the Guggenheim in 2024?
- At this time we are only offering the Poet-in-Residence position in 2023. If that changes, we will post information on our website.
With whom can I get in touch with questions?
- Please review this page carefully for information about eligibility and how to apply. For questions about the status of your application, please log in to Submittable. For all other questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Kindly note that this email account is only monitored Monday–Friday, 10am–5pm, and will not be checked during weekends.