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Wisconsin's Own Library Poet in Residence Fellowship

Ripon College
Job Location:
Ripon, Wisconsin
English and Literature

Each year, the Wisconsin’s Own Library Poet in Residence program provides one poet with a semester-long opportunity at Ripon College to devote time and attention to a poetry manuscript in progress.

The Poet in Residence will teach one poetry class, hold three public readings of current work, and allow one new poem to be reproduced in a limited edition commemorative broadside. The Poet in Residence will be physically present on the Ripon College campus, will reside in Ripon full-time while classes are in session, and will hold no other professional obligations for the duration of the semester.

The fellowship offers a $15,000 salary for the semester. Other benefits include housing (a taxable benefit, appropriate for a maximum of two people) in a campus apartment; an office and office supplies; monetary support for on-campus presentations and travel to out-of-town presentations. There are no other benefits with this position.

Qualifications: Wisconsin’s Own Library is owned by the General Federation of Women’s Clubs – Wisconsin, with funding provided by the Gwendolyn M. Schultz Charitable Trust. Wisconsin’s Own Library showcases the work of Wisconsin poets. For this reason, the Poet in Residence must demonstrate a considerable attachment to the state by residing (or having resided) in Wisconsin for at least three years at some point in their lifetime. The ideal candidate will hold an MFA or PhD in Creative Writing, demonstrate a robust history of publishing in national literary journals, provide a clear agenda for instructing Ripon College students in the practice of poetry, and propose the continuation of a poetry manuscript that is already well underway. In particular, candidates who demonstrate a commitment to promoting diversity, equality, and inclusion and are dedicated to fostering these values within the liberal arts setting are highly encouraged to apply.

Among applicants that meet the Wisconsin residency requirement, the Poet in Residence will be selected based upon 1) the merits of the poet’s past and present writing and 2) the quality of the teaching plan. Since Ripon College prides itself on the quality of its undergraduate instruction, these two requirements are given equal consideration in the Poet in Residence application. The Poet in Residence will be free to design a semester-long class from a wide range of possibilities, including Intro to Poetry, Poetry Special Topics (such as the Long Poem, Prosody, of Cross-Genre Forms,) or a Poetry-focused literature class.

Applicants should submit: 1) a Letter of Intent, in which they describe the poetry manuscript in progress, as well as the poetry class to be taught at Ripon College, 2) 10-20 sample pages of poetry, at least half of which should include poems from the project manuscript, and 3) evidence of teaching effectiveness (in the form of a curriculum vita, professional references, sample course evaluations, and/or the proposed course syllabus) to Amy Stephens at In the opening paragraph of the Letter of Intent, Applicants should describe the nature of their three years of residency in Wisconsin, as well as designate whether they prefer to be in residence in the fall or spring semester.

This position is open to all qualified applicants. Ripon College encourages applications from individuals from underrepresented groups in the professoriate, including, for example, African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, other Pacific Islanders, first generation college students, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, individuals who have followed non-traditional pathways to college due to exceptional talent and motivation in the face of adversity, such as societal, economic or academic disadvantages, and individuals with a demonstrated commitment to applying and including diverse backgrounds and perspectives to learning, scholarship, and leadership in the academy. Former applicants are encouraged to re-apply.

Please submit a completed application by January 11, 2023. The successful candidate will be notified in late February 2023.

At Ripon College, the health and safety of our employees, students and contractors is our number one priority. Upon hire, please plan on either showing proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID 19 (currently one dose of the Johnson and Johnson or two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine and a booster vaccine) or plan on being part of weekly (every seven days) COVID-19 surveillance testing, with a negative result should community spread levels deem it necessary. At this time, masks are optional on campus.

Ripon College is committed to the principles of equal opportunity and adheres to non-discriminatory policies in employment and student enrollment. Ripon College is an equal-opportunity employer.

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