January 29, 2023

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Accepting applications for a new poetry magazine…

The Poetry Magazine Podcast is looking for a new host! Details about the position and the link to apply can be found below.

Poetry Magazine Podcast Host (Contract role – 9 months with possible extension)

This is a remote independent contractor position. The Poetry Magazine podcast host is not an employee of the Poetry Foundation.

For over a decade, the Poetry Magazine Podcast has highlighted the work of emerging and famous poets, with over a million downloads around the world and a National Magazine Award. Recently hosted by Poetry’s guest editors – Esther Belin, Su Cho, Suzi F. Garcia, Ashley M. Jones and Srikanth Reddy – the podcast has treated listeners to in-depth conversations about the art of poetry, archival audio, music, in addition to reading poetry and more. We’re excited to share this open call for a new host in 2023.

The Poetry Magazine Podcast is part poetry reading, part generative writing space, and part interview show, drawing on poems and poets featured in the current issue of Poetry Magazine. The new host will work closely with the Podcast Producer and Poetry editorial team to create dynamic episodes every two weeks. Based on previous interviewing experiences and their poetry skills, the hosts will provide guests with in-depth information about their work and life, leading to discussions about personal joys and challenges related to writing, artistic influences, poetic movements and styles, and current or historical events related to it they may include work, writing prompts and process, and other topics.

Poetry magazine, celebrating its 110th anniversary this year, features archival portfolios of major poets alongside exciting new work by emerging and established writers from around the world. Recent episodes have featured guests such as Gabrielle Calvocoressi, Leila Chatti, Nikky Finney, Ross Gay, Joy Harjo, Taylor Johnson, A. Van Jordan, Ada Limón, Tariq Luthun, Beth Piatote, Marcus Wicker, Orlando White and many more. We are happy to work with a host who shares our commitment and enthusiasm for sharing a wide variety of poetry.

who we are looking for

A great conversationalist who has a demonstrated interest in poets and poetry A well-rounded reader who is curious about a wide variety of poetry and eager to share that enthusiasm with a diverse audience A collaborative brainstormer who also enjoys independent research Prior audio experience is not mandatory

Here are some recent episodes to illustrate how the podcast varies by host – we’re excited to see what you bring and how you make it your own!

-Esther Belin with Patricia Jabbeh Wesley
-Srikanth Reddy with CM Burroughs via Margaret Danner
-Su Cho with Taneum Bambrick

role responsibilities

The Podcast Host works with the Podcast Producer to create, host and record 2 episodes of the Poetry Magazine Podcast per month. This work includes discussing potential guests for podcast episodes; preparing questions and scripts in advance; and researching guests, their work, related topics, and potential archival audio to be included in episodes.

key data

Closing date: January 20, 2023.

Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis: January-February 2023.

Start of contract: March 2023. The contract has a term of nine months with possible extensions.

Pay Rate: Flat fee of $1,000 per episode ($2,000 per month).

Expected Commitments:

The podcast host should plan on around 15-20 hours per month. This includes recording sessions, prep work, meetings with the podcast producer and the editorial team. This position requires an internet connection and an internet-connected device.

Find out more about the Poetry Foundation and Poetry Magazine

The Poetry Foundation recognizes the power of words to transform lives. We work to amplify poetry and celebrate poets by creating spaces where all can create, experience and share poetry. Poetry magazine, published by the Poetry Foundation, is an independent literary magazine dedicated to promoting poetry’s strong presence in our culture.

Please submit your application on our “Submittable” page.