The Poetry Society of New York (PSNY) is pleased to announce a new series of Micro-Residencies for Pride Month 2019, this year in collaboration with Books are Magic!   

Call For Poets

There are many areas where the missions of PSNY and independent booksellers align, but one of the most notable convergences is our mutual commitment to strengthening our communities by creating safe, accessible spaces for the public to engage with knowledge, literature, and, of course, each other. That's why we are seeking Micro-Residents who get inspired by their working environments, and who are excited to engage the public during their residencies. Residents are encouraged to find interesting ways of incorporating the public into their writing process, though this is not a requirement. We also strongly encourage LGBTQ poets to apply. 

Rules & Eligibility

  • The number of days and exact hours of each Micro-Residency are flexible and will be determined based on chosen residents' availability. However, residents must be available for a total of at least 4 hours for one day over one of the weekends in June. 
  • Micro-Residents will be prohibited from soliciting tips or selling merchandise on site during their residencies. 
  • Micro-Residents will be awarded a $50 stipend from PSNY for participating.
  • Please note that materials submitted in your application may be used to promote your participation in the program. There is a section titled "Notes" at the bottom of the application for including any necessary publication acknowledgements or photography credits. 

About the Micro-Residency Program

New York is one of the fastest moving cities on the planet, and its poets are some of the busiest people in the world. We don’t all have the time to take a year-long, month-long, or even week-long writer’s residency. That doesn’t change the importance of making time and space to write. That’s why The Poetry Society of New York is teaming up with a handful of New York's most inspiring cultural institutions to give busy poets exactly what they need: a small chunk of time devoted to writing. The mission of The Micro-Residency program is to carve out that small window of time for working poets in stimulating environments and to promote the joy of poetry by exposing the public to contemporary poets at work.