Applications are currently sought for the following unpaid internship positions in our NYC and LA offices. Poets & Writers is happy to cooperate with programs at the applicant’s university, college, or high school that offer students credit.

Development & Marketing Internship

(New York City)

To sustain its programs and services for writers, Poets & Writers relies upon foundation and government grants, corporate sponsorship, and individual donations. This internship represents an excellent opportunity to gain exposure to non-profit fundraising and marketing for the arts and culture sector in a fast-paced, diverse, and successful development office. The intern will work closely with the Managing Director and with Development and Marketing staff.

The responsibilities of the Development & Marketing intern include assisting with:

  • direct mail campaigns;
  • fulfillment;
  • cultivation and stewardship events;
  • preparation of grant proposals and collateral materials;
  • prospect research;
  • social media marketing;
  • e-mail campaigns;
  • and administrative duties (including filing and data entry).

Candidates should possess excellent organizational and communication skills and be web savvy. Candidates with a strong interest in contemporary literature and/or nonprofit administration are encouraged to apply.

Candidates should be able to commit to eight to ten hours per week for a minimum of ten weeks. Days and hours are negotiable; specific start and finish dates are flexible. Send resume and cover letter to

Readings & Workshops Program Intern, Fall/Winter (Oct. 2014Jan. 2015)

(Los Angeles)

The Readings & Workshops program provides grants to writers to present readings of their work or to facilitate writing workshops in diverse community settings, including senior centers, homeless shelters, libraries, literary arts centers, and prisons. Interns working with this program will gain an overview of literary and community venues for readings, become familiar with a group of contemporary writers, and gain insight into nonprofit administration.

The responsibilities of the Readings & Workshops program intern include:

  • tracking grant applications, and sponsor and writer reports;
  • sending out mailings and materials to sponsors and writers;
  • gathering information (via the Internet and telephone) about writers or community organizations, and possibly conducting outreach;
  • possibly attending readings, performances, and workshops;
  • assisting staff at community meetings and other events;
  • and general office duties (including photocopying, filing, and mailings).

Candidates should possess excellent organizational and communication skills. Familiarity with contemporary poetry and fiction a plus.

Candidates should be able to commit between eight and 15 hours a week. Days and hours are negotiable; specific start and finish dates are flexible. Interested candidates should e-mail a resume and a cover letter to


Current Issue

Cover Story 

Our Independent Publishing Issue features an in-depth interview with Graywolf Press editor Jeff Shotts; a look at the successful partnerships of eleven small-press authors and their editors; a profile of indie essayist Charles D'Ambrosio; Donald Hall recalls a golden age of American poetry; best-selling author Miranda Beverly-Whittemore on the rewards of self-promotion; advice for self-published authors; a conversation with Guernica publisher Lisa Lucas; and much more.

Finding Gems in Lost & Found

by Rebecca Bates

News and Trends

Posted 10.15.14

November/December 2014

The Center for Humanities at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York City is making the ephemeral more tangible through its Lost & Found chapbook series.


Let's Just Do This: Eleven Small-Press Authors and their Publishing Partners

by Kevin Larimer

Special Section

Posted 10.15.14

November/December 2014

Eleven small-press authors and their publishing partners discuss the independent approach—and all the passion, commitment, and love that comes with it—to bringing books into the world.


Agents & Editors: Jeff Shotts

by Michael Szczerban

Special Section

Posted 10.15.14

November/December 2014

Graywolf Press executive editor Jeff Shotts discusses the power of patience in publishing, editing as an act of empathy, and why it’s an exciting time to be a poet.