Announcing the 2017 PEN/Faulkner Award Finalists!

2017 PF Award Finalists

Judges Chris Abani, Chantel Acevedo, and Sigrid Nunez have announced their list of finalists for the 2017 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. The winner will be announced on Tuesday, April 4th. Following the announcement, the 37th Annual PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction Ceremony & Dinner will be held on Saturday, May 6th at 7:00 p.m. at the Folger Shakespeare Library.

Congratulations to our finalists:


Viet Dinh
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Louise Erdrich, author of LaRose

 

 

 

 

 

Garth Greenwell, author of What Belongs to You

 

 

 

 

 

Imbolo Mbue, author of Behold the Dreamers

 

 

 

 

 

Sunil Yapa, author of Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist

 

 

 

PEN/Faulkner is looking for a new Executive Director

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The PEN/Faulkner Foundation seeks a dynamic and experienced leader to serve as Executive Director starting in the summer of 2017.

PEN/Faulkner is a national literary organization with deep roots in Washington, DC. We work to honor excellent American fiction, connect writers with their readers, and support public school teachers and students in studying – and learning to love – contemporary literature.

The Executive Director will oversee a small team of experienced program staffers who administer one of the country’s premier literary prizes, the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction; coordinate public reading events in Washington, DC; and manage a Writers in Schools program that annually runs hundreds of author visits across 40 public schools in DC and Baltimore.

The ideal candidate will be a strategic thinker and experienced manager with at least 5 years at a director-level position helming an arts non-profit. The ED’s core responsibilities will focus on strategic planning, governance, communications, and fundraising. This is an extremely exciting position for someone eager to shepherd a storied literary organization into a future full of possibility.

Competitive salary and benefits package commensurate with experience.

Please submit a cover letter and resume to applications@penfaulkner.org by Wednesday, January 25, 2017.

December 2: The PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story: Joy Williams

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The PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story: Joy Williams

Friday, December 2nd, 2016  |  7:30 PM
Purchase a single ticket for $25.

Folger Reading Room – Old Reading Room
201 East Capitol Street, SE
Washington, DC 20003 (map)


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Given since 1988 in Honor of the late Bernard Malamud, this award recognizes a body of work demonstrating excellence in the art of short fiction. This year we will honor Joy Williams, a writer known for her crisp prose, grim wit, and unsparing explorations of the dark side of hope.

Joy Williams is the author of four novels, two collections of nonfiction, and five short story collections including The Visiting Privilege: New and Collected Stories (2015), and 99 Stories of God (2016).

Her first novel, State of Grace (1973), was a finalist for the National Book Award and her most recent novel The Quick and the Dead was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Her collection of nonfiction Ill Nature was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and she was the 1999 recipient of the Rea Award for the Short Story.

“In Williams’s world, we are all wandering interlopers— adrift, trapped, groundless—looking for visitors’ privileges.” – James Wood, The New Yorker


About the Award

Malamud - small with both armsThe PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story was established by Bernard Malamud’s family to honor excellence in the art of short fiction. The basis of the award fund was a gift from the Malamud family. The fund continues to grow through the generosity of friends, supporters, and Reading Series subscribers. The readings and the fund are administered by the PEN/Faulkner Foundation. A panel of PEN/Faulkner directors forms the selection committee for the awards.

Fall Internship and Volunteer Opportunities

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INTERN:

PEN/Faulkner Award Fall Intern

The PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction is a national prize which honors the best published works of fiction by American citizens in a calendar year.

This internship position will assist with the coordination of the annual awards submission process. The PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction is the largest peer-juried award in the country, and is adjudicated free of commercial considerations. The intern will assist in logistical coordination of the submission process, as well as conduct research into American fiction published during 2016.

The internship will begin in mid-September and run through December. However, if an intern is interested in extending his/her internship into the spring semester, this can be coordinated. We expect a commitment of 7-10 hours per week, though the intern will have the flexibility to design his or her own schedule. Interns will:

  • Conduct research on contemporary authors & texts
  • Communicate with publicists & awards coordinators at publishing houses
  • Help track submissions

Interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume to applications@penfaulkner.org by Friday, September 16th, 2016. Please use the subject line “Awards Internship.”

 

VOLUNTEER:

Teen Parent Book Club Discussion Leader

The PEN/Faulkner Foundation is currently seeking volunteer discussion leaders for their Teen Parent Book Club program. Discussion leaders will lead group discussions of contemporary novels, short stories, memoirs, and poetry with groups of participating teen parents at local high schools. Discussion leaders will then host local authors of those works to meet with students and engage in discussions about literature and the writing life.

The program meets bi-weekly for hour-long sessions at lunchtime in on-site drop-in centers for teen parents and will run throughout the 2016-2017 school year. PEN/Faulkner is asking for a total time commitment of 5 hours/month. Volunteers will:

  • Lead bi-weekly book club discussions at one of three DC Public High Schools
  • Coordinate book club selections in consultation with participating students
  • Design discussion activities for each book club meeting
  • Engage contemporary authors in discussions of their work

Interested volunteers should have:

  • Classroom experience, preferably working with non-traditional students
  • Interest in contemporary fiction, poetry or literary non-fiction
  • A desire to engage diverse audiences in discussions about literature
  • Patience
  • Intellectual flexibility
  • Daytime availability during the week

*Candidates fluent in Spanish should make a note of this in their cover letter. However, Spanish fluency is not a requirement for this position.

If you are interested, please send a résumé́ and a brief cover letter (no more than 1 page) explaining your interest to Writers in Schools Program Coordinator Greg Langen (applications@penfaulkner.org).


WRITERS IN SCHOOLS VOLUNTEER

Writers in Schools (WinS) is a FREE literary arts outreach program that brings copies of contemporary works of literature into DC high schools, and arranges for the authors of those works to visit classrooms and discuss literature and the writing life. PEN/Faulkner provides resources to aid teachers in preparing students for author visits that will be enriching experiences for all involved. Volunteers help escort authors on their WinS visits, and assist the organization in providing feedback for our program.

Reasons to become a WinS volunteer:

• Help facilitate a connection between authors and young readers in DC
• Get a first-hand look into DC Area Schools
• Meet local authors and engage in discussions about their work!
• Become a part of the PEN/Faulkner literary community

Interested? Email Greg Langen, PEN/Faulkner’s Writers in Schools Program Coordinator, at glangen@penfaulkner.org, or call at 202-898-9063.

Subscribe to the 2016-2017 PEN/Faulkner Reading Series!

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Join us this year at the Folger Shakespeare Library and partake in one of Washington’s most unique and provoking literary series

  • Hear a diverse set of acclaimed authors read
  • Guarantee your seat
  • Save 20% off single ticket prices, including the PEN/Faulkner Award Ceremony & Dinner
  • Enjoy book-signing receptions at the Folger Shakespeare Library

How To Subscribe

To subscribe, call the Folger Shakespeare Library’s box office: 202-544-7077. You can also subscribe online. Simply visit http://www.folger.edu/subscribe-penfaulkner.

2016-2017 Reading Series Events

October 20th, 2016 | 7:30 p.m. ($24.00)
The Eudora Welty Lecture: Salman Rushdie
Presented by the PEN/Faulkner Foundation and the Eudora Welty Foundation. This inaugural lecture will be held at the National Cathedral.

December 2nd, 2016 | 7:30 p.m. ($25.00)
The PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story: Honoring Joy Williams

January 10th, 2017 | 7:30 p.m.
What Culture We Consume: Hilton Als and Roxane Gay in Conversation

February 21st, 2017 | 7:30 p.m.
Cli-Fi: Nathaniel Rich and Kate Walbert

March 6th, 2017 | 7:30 p.m.
Class in the Black Community: Angela Flournoy, Marcus Guillory, and Margo Jefferson

March 13th, 2017 | 7:30 p.m.
We Wear the Masks: Manuel Gonzales and Gary Jackson
Presented by PEN/Faulkner and the O.B. Hardison Poetry Series

April 7th, 2017 | 7:30 p.m.
The Displaced: An Evening with Laila Lalami, Shobha Rao and Luis Urrea

May 6th, 2017 | 7:00 p.m. ($100)
The 37th Annual PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction

Unless otherwise noted, individual tickets are $15, with discounts for
students and seniors, and readings take place at the Folger Shakespeare
Library, located at 201 East Capitol Street, SE, Washington, DC
(one block east of the U.S. Capitol). Seating is general admission.

RISK: The 28th Annual PEN/Faulkner Celebration

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RISK: The 28th Annual PEN/Faulkner Celebration
Monday, September 26th, 2016  |  6:30 PM

On Monday, Sept. 26th, 2016, PEN/Faulkner will hold its 28th Annual PEN/Faulkner Celebration at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC. This annual event supports the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction and our Writers in Schools programming, and features some of today’s finest authors reading works composed especially for the occasion.

This year, acclaimed authors Charles Bock, Nicole Dennis-Benn, Andrew Dubus III, Paul Goldberg, Daisy Hernández, Wil Haygood, Kelly Link, Beverly Lowry, Elizabeth Nunez, Brad Watson, Morowa Yejidé and Master of Ceremonies Calvin Trillin will take to the Folger’s stage to present work written on the theme of RISK.

Cocktails begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Garden, and the reading program starts at 7:30 p.m. The program will be followed by a dinner reception with chef stations featuring food prepared by local chefs. There will be lounge areas as well as tables available for pre-purchase.

Please note that this is no longer a seated event, and that it is no longer black tie. 

Individual tickets to the event are $500. More information can be attained and tickets purchased by calling the PEN/Faulkner office at 202-898-9063. Tickets are also available online.

You can also listen to readings from previous Gala celebrations as episodes of the PEN/Faulkner Podcast. Episode 21 comes from 2013’s “Renewal” Gala, Episode 34 comes from 2014’s “Danger” Gala, and finally Episode 47 features last fall’s PEN/Faulkner Celebration on the theme of “Spark.”

Announcing the 2016 PEN/Malamud Award Winner

The PEN/Faulkner Foundation is pleased to announce that Joy Williams will receive the 2016 PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story in an Award Ceremony & Reading held at the Folger Shakespeare Library in December 2016.

Joy Williams is the author most recently of the short story collection The Visiting Privilege: New and Collected Stories. She has written four novels, five story collections, and one essay collection, which was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her fiction has received many honors, including the Rea Award for the Short Story and the Harold and Mildred Strauss Living Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Born in Chelmsford, Massachusetts, Williams now lives in Key West, Florida and Tucson, Arizona.

Click here for more information about the PEN/Malamud Award.

The PEN/Faulkner Award Judges’ Reading

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PEN/Faulkner Presents: The 2016 PEN/Faulkner Award Judges

Abby Frucht, Molly McCloskey, & Sergio Troncoso

Thursday, May 12th, 2016  |  7:00 PM
Free and open to the public

Register Here

Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital
921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE
Washington, DC 20003

Join us to kick off the 2016 PEN/Faulkner Award weekend with readings by this year’s Award judges, all exceptional fiction writers themselves: Abby Frucht, Molly McCloskey, and Sergio Troncoso!

abby frucht coverAbby Frucht‘s new novel, A Well Made Bed, on which she collaborated with Laurie Alberts, was published in March 2016 by Red Hen Press. Her five other novels include SNAP, Licorice, Are You Mine?, Life Before Death, and Polly’s Ghost,and her two collections of stories are Fruit of the Month, which won the Iowa Short Fiction Prize for 1987, and The Bell at the End of a Rope.The recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, Frucht lives in Wisconsin and has been on the faculty at Vermont College of Fine Arts for twenty years.

 

 

 

 

 

Molly McCloskey was born in Philadelphia and grew up in Oregon. After spending 23 years in Ireland, she now lives between Washington, DC and Dublin. She is the author of a collection of short stories, Solomon’s Seal; a novella, The Beautiful Changes; and a novel, Protection. Her first work of nonfiction, a memoir concerning her brother Mike, who suffers from schizophrenia, is entitled Circles Around the Sun: In Search of a Lost Brother (2012). She is a regular contributor to the Irish Times and the Dublin Review, and has taught writing at universities in Ireland and the US, serving as Writer Fellow at Trinity College Dublin and at University College Dublin. In 2013/2014, she was the Jenny McKean Moore Fellow at George Washington University.

 

 

 

wicked dustSergio Troncoso is the author of the novels The Nature of Truth and From This Wicked Patch of Dust, named by Kirkus Reviews as one of the best novels of 2012. Troncoso is also the author of Crossing Borders: Personal Essays and The Last Tortilla and Other Stories, and he co-edited Our Lost Border: Essays on Life amid the Narco-Violence. Among the numerous awards he has won are the Premio Aztlan Literary Prize, Southwest Book Award, Bronze Award for Essays from ForeWord Reviews, and International Latino Book Award. He is a resident faculty member of the Yale Writers’ Conference. He lives in New York City.

 

 

And don’t miss the judges at the PEN/Faulkner Award Ceremony on May 14th!

Tickets and information: www.penfaulkner.org/award-for-fiction/

Announcing the 2016 PEN/Faulkner Award Winner

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Congratulations to James Hannaham, winner of the 2016 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction for his novel Delicious Foods (Little, Brown), and congratulations again to our four finalists:

Julie Iromuanya for Mr. and Mrs. Doctor (Coffee House Press)

Viet Thanh Nguyen for The Sympathizer (Grove Atlantic)

Elizabeth Tallent for Mendocino Fire (HarperCollins)

Luis Alberto Urrea for The Water Museum (Little, Brown)


About the 2016 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction Winner and Finalists:

JAMES HANNAHAM
Delicious Foods
(Little, Brown)

James Hannaham’s Delicious Foods is at once a sweeping American tale of race and exploitation, a darkly comedic thriller, and an intimate portrayal of a troubled mother and her damaged son. The narrative follows the lives of Darlene, a woman left ruined after the traumatic death of her husband; Eddie, her young son; and Scotty, crack cocaine personified, who threatens to destroy them both. After Darlene’s husband, a black civil activist, is murdered in a sleepy town in Louisiana, it is not long before Darlene’s grief drives her to drugs. Once she embarks on this dangerous path, crack addiction soon becomes sole motivating force of Darlene’s life, driving her into de facto enslavement at a farm called Delicious Foods. Hannaham is unafraid of the complex and the horrible, and yet his novel shines in its intimate details. Praising the novel in the New York Times, Ted Genoways writes, “The novel’s finest moments are…in the singular way that Hannaham can make the commonplace spring to life with nothing more than astute observation and precise language.”

James Hannaham is a journalist, critic and fiction writer, and is the author of the novel God Says No. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, where he teaches creative writing at the Pratt Institute.

 

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Mr. and Mrs. Doctor
(Coffee House Press)

Mr. and Mrs. Doctor, Julie Iromuanya’s first novel, begins with an enormous lie. Job, a Nigerian immigrant to the United States, has told his family in Nigeria that he is a doctor – and they’ve found him a wife who believes the same. The only problem is, Job never finished college. He’s a nursing assistant in Omaha, Nebraska, and he’s about to bring his new partner, Ifi, into an American life very different from the one she expects. Iromuanya takes on marriage and immigration with a keen eye for detail, a razor-sharp sense of humor, and a constant undercurrent of empathy for her characters and their ever-mounting lies.

Julie Iromuanya was born and raised in the Midwest, the daughter of Igbo Nigerian immigrants. She holds a PhD from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she was a Presidential Fellow and award-winning teacher, and was the inaugural Herbert W. Martin fellow at the University of Dayton. She now teaches in the MFA program at the University of Arizona, where she is an assistant professor of English and Africana literature.

 

VIET THANH NGUYEN
The Sympathizer
(Grove Atlantic)

Viet Thanh Nguyen’s startling debut novel, The Sympathizerbegins with the words, “I am a spy, a sleeper, a spook, a man of two faces.” What follows is the written confession of a North Vietnamese sleeper agent who, working as an attaché to a South Vietnamese general in the last days of The American War, flees to Los Angeles just before the fall of Saigon. There he remains a Communist mole and reports back to his handlers on a plot to return and overthrow the North Vietnamese regime. The Sympathizer evades easy categorization: it is a spy novel, a thriller, a picaresque tale of refugee life, and a cultural satire. But above all it is a propulsive meditation on the compromised and debased choices wrought by extreme politics and war. Philip Caputo writes that The Sympathizer “fills a void in the literature, giving voice to the previously voiceless while it compels the rest of us to look at the events of 40 years ago in a new light.”

Viet Thanh Nguyen was born in Vietnam and raised in the United States. He is the author of the academic book Race and Resistance, and his stories have appeared in Best New American VoicesTriQuarterly, and the Chicago Tribune. He lives in Los Angeles, where he teaches at the University of Southern California.

 

ELIZABETH TALLENT
Mendocino Fire
(HarperCollins)

Elizabeth Tallent’s evocative collection of stories, Mendocino Fire, opens with a young fisherman struggling with an overbearing father and his own involvement with illegal abalone fishing, and ends with an estranged daughter trying desperately to get to her father’s bedside during a blizzard. In between are stories narrated by a Virginia Woolf scholar, a mill worker, a creative writing student, and a tree-sitter who has made a redwood home for over 140 days – just to name a few. What the ten stories that make up Mendocino Fire all share is the world we live in: one of turbulent change and ecological peril. Each character leaves us gasping, because no matter what their story, Tallent peers into their inner lives with acuity and profound understanding.

This collection is Elizabeth Tallent’s first in 23 years; her others include Honey, Time with Children, and In Constant Flight, as well as the novel Museum Pieces. She has taught since 1989 in Stanford University’s Creative Writing program and lives on the Mendocino coast in California.

 

LUIS ALBERTO URREA
The Water Museum
(Little, Brown)

The Water Museum, award-winning novelist, nonfiction writer, and poet Luis Urrea’s most recent short story collection, is rooted in the American West and Southwest, from the rural Idaho of “Mountains Without Number” to the fractured San Diego of “The Southside Raza Image Federation Corps of Discovery.” Urrea combines violence with humor, drama with intimate observation, and fiction with rock and roll. He loves his characters and he loves his landscape, and it shows. NPR’s Michael Schaub calls him “compassionate but hard-edged, a kind of literary badass who still believes in love… The Water Museum is a brilliant, powerful collection, and Luis Alberto Urrea is a master storyteller.”

Luis Alberto Urrea, who was born in Tijuana to a Mexican father and American mother, is a member of the Latino Literature Hall of Fame. He is the author of 14 books, including The Hummingbird’s Daughter, Six Kinds of Sky, and Into the Beautiful North. He lives with his family in Napierville, Illinois, and teaches creative writing at the University of Illinois-Chicago.

About the 2016 Judges:


Abby Frucht‘s
new novel, A Well Made Bed, on which she collaborated with Laurie Alberts, will be published in March 2016 by Red Hen Press. Her five other novels include SNAP, Licorice, Are You Mine?, Life Before Death, andPolly’s Ghost,and her two collections of stories are Fruit of the Month, which won the Iowa Short Fiction Prize for 1987, and The Bell at the End of a Rope.The recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, Frucht lives in Wisconsin and has been on the faculty at Vermont College of Fine Arts for twenty years.

Molly McCloskey was born in Philadelphia and grew up in Oregon. After spending 23 years in Ireland, she now lives between Washington, DC and Dublin. She is the author of a collection of short stories, Solomon’s Seal; a novella, The Beautiful Changes; and a novel, Protection. Her first work of nonfiction, a memoir concerning her brother Mike, who suffers from schizophrenia, is entitled Circles Around the Sun: In Search of a Lost Brother (2012). She is a regular contributor to the Irish Times and the Dublin Review, and has taught writing at universities in Ireland and the US, serving as Writer Fellow at Trinity College Dublin and at University College Dublin. In 2013/2014, she was the Jenny McKean Moore Fellow at George Washington University.

Sergio Troncoso is the author of the novels The Nature of Truth and From This Wicked Patch of Dust, named by Kirkus Reviews as one of the best novels of 2012. Troncoso is also the author of Crossing Borders: Personal Essays and The Last Tortilla and Other Stories, and he co-edited Our Lost Border: Essays on Life amid the Narco-Violence. Among the numerous awards he has won are the Premio Aztlan Literary Prize, Southwest Book Award, Bronze Award for Essays from ForeWord Reviews, and International Latino Book Award. He is a resident faculty member of the Yale Writers’ Conference. He lives in New York City.

Buy Copies of the Books from Politics & Prose:

Politics and Prose logoOur longtime friends and partners at Politics & Prose will be on hand to sell copies of books by this year’s finalists and winner, and we encourage you to check out the store’s huge selections of books and amazing lineup of live events by visiting them online here: http://www.politics-prose.com/

 

Listen to the Podcast:

PEN/Faulkner Podcast LogoThe 2016 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction Ceremony & Reading will recorded and produced as an episode of the PEN/Faulkner Podcast. You can listen to past awards and other events on the Podcast Page.

You can also subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.

About the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction

The PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction is a national prize which honors the best published works of fiction by American citizens in a calendar year. Three writers are chosen annually by the directors of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation to serve as judges for the prize, and these judges are asked to select five books as finalists for the award, making this the largest peer-juried award in the country. Both the eventual winner of the award and all finalists are invited to Washington, D.C. for the PEN/Faulkner Award Ceremony and Dinner.

Celebrating the winner as “first among equals,” the 36th Annual PEN/Faulkner Award Ceremony will take place at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. The event will feature the judges’ citations for each finalist’s book, the conferral of the PEN/Faulkner Award, and a reading by each author.

Each year, the PEN/Faulkner Award Ceremony & Dinner is open to the public. Tickets are available for purchase through the Box Office of the Folger Shakespeare Library. Call the Folger Box Office at (202) 544-7077 for more information.

A list of past winners and finalists of the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction can be found here.

Calling All Interns!

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PEN/Faulkner’s summer internship applications have just opened, and we’d love to have you join our team. Read below for information on our two open internships, starting in June 2016.

Candidates interested in the Public Programs internship should send a cover letter and CV to Lily Meyer at applications@penfaulkner.org, subject line “Public Programs Internship.” Candidates interested in the Writers in Schools internship should send a cover letter and CV to Greg Langen at applications@penfaulkner.org, subject line “Writers in Schools Internships.” All applications are due by May 1st, 2016.

PEN/Faulkner Public Programs Internship

We are currently seeking an intern to assist in preparation for the 2016-17 PEN/Faulkner Reading Series and for PEN/Faulkner’s annual fundraising Celebration, to be held in September of this year. The intern will work 15-20 hours per week over the course of the summer and will have the ability to design his/her own schedule.

Tasks will include:

  • Research on contemporary authors for upcoming literary events
  • Organization and categorization of PEN/Faulkner archival materials
  • Basic graphic design for both print and online materials
  • Content generation for multiple social media platforms
  • Development research, to include identifying potential underwriters for public events
  • General copywriting & administrative tasks

Necessary skills include:

  • Excellent writing and editing skills
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • An interest in marketing and publicity
  • Ability and drive to work independently
  • A passion for literature
  • A good sense of humor!

All candidates should send a cover letter and CV to Public Programs Coordinator Lily Meyer (applications@penfaulkner.org) with the subject line “Writers in Schools Summer Internship.”

 

Writers in Schools Summer Intern

We are currently seeking an intern to assist in the evaluation of our Writers in Schools program. This long-standing program brings local and visiting writers – and copies of their books – into DC Public and Public Charter High School classrooms for discussion about their work.

Interns will:

  • Assist the Writers in Schools Program Coordinator in the evaluation of this large, expansive arts outreach program
  • Work closely with the Writers in Schools Program Coordinator to analyze program data and draw meaningful conclusions on the strength and vitality of the program
  • Implement new processes for tracking, archiving, and analyzing program and evaluation data
  • Research DC area public and public charter schools to 1) understand the populations we serve and 2) adapt our program to better meet the needs of our local communities.

The internship will involve evaluation assistance for the Writers in Schools Program, as well as extensive research into DC area schools. The intern will create a report at the end of the summer detailing both the effectiveness of last year’s program and the character of our partner schools.

The internship will ideally begin in June and run through August, although start and end dates are flexible. PEN/Faulkner is asking for a total time commitment of 10-20 hours/week, though the intern will have the flexibility to design his or her own schedule.

Applicants should have:

  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Excellent research and writing skills
  • An interest in education and DC area schools
  • The ability to work independently
  • Knowledge of Google Drive  and Google Drive Applications
  • A sense of humor

All candidates should send a cover letter and CV to Writers in Schools Program Coordinator Greg Langen (applications@penfaulkner.org) with the subject line “Writers in Schools Summer Internship.”