Gemini Ink, San Antonio’s Writing Arts Center, seeks a part-time Public Classes Program Coordinator to support our literary programming. Gemini Ink provides creative writing workshops led by published writers at our offices and online via Zoom and the Wetink platform. We also host free public readings by nationally and internationally recognized authors, open-mic nights, and a Mentorship Program.

POSITION SUMMARY: The Public Classes Program Coordinator should have a Bachelor of Arts degree from an accredited university, in addition to 1-3 years experience in event and programming management, preferably in the arts or literary arts. The position requires excellent oral and written communication skills, and the ability to work well with deadlines, and collaboratively.

The position is for 20 hours per week and is a salaried part-time position.

SKILLS NEEDED

  • Strong project management skills
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills
  • Excellent editing and proofing skills
  • Bachelor of Arts degree in English, Communications, or a related field required
  • Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing preferred
  • 1-3 years experience in Event/Project Management, ideally in the arts
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to details
  • Proficient in Google Apps, Microsoft Office Suite or Mac Systems, Excel & Windows.
  • Able to work weekends & evenings, as needed
  • Problem-solving skills and adaptability
  • Prioritizes and meets deadlines
  • Understands local, regional, and national literary trends
  • Eager to learn and work with a dedicated team
  • Knowledge of nonprofit best practices preferred

ESSENTIAL DUTIES:

  • Coordinating the logistics of in-person and online writing workshops as well as program-related events
  • Liaising with community partners; venues; donors; and local, regional, and national writers; participating in active public relations & networking for our Public Programs
  • Confident as a public speaker—able to introduce authors and represent Gemini Ink at public literary events.
  • Contract management & budget management and tracking
  • Compiling, editing and proofing event organizational print material
  • Collecting and consolidating workshop and event data
  • Facilitating certain Gemini Ink events, such as the Big Texas Read, open houses, author talks, and public readings, etc. when needed
  • Marketing—able to assist at spreading the word about our workshops and events and building class enrollments; at home with social media; comfortable with meeting budget goals.
  • Program development and evaluation
  • Assisting with organization-wide events such as Inkstravaganza, Autograph, etc.
  • Collaborating with Gemini Ink staff to ensure organizational and program alignment
  • Overseeing and managing volunteers and interns as needed to meet workshop/program objectives.

COMPENSATION: $18,000 with room to grow.

TO APPLY:

To apply, please submit as one PDF: a one-page letter summarizing why you are interested in and best suited for this position, a current resume/CV, and two professional references.

Please submit by Monday, October 25, 2021, 11:59pm CST, to be considered.

WEBSITE:

www.geminiink.org

Gemini Ink is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


gemini ink poetry mentorship 

Take the next step in your writing life! Apply for the Gemini Ink Mentorship Program and work one-on-one with a nationally recognized author on a manuscript project.

We want to see your work in all its machinations and glory! Apply to the Gemini Ink 2022 Mentorship Program and be one of two writers chosen to work one-on-one with a nationally recognized author. The 2022 Mentorship will be dedicated to poetry. We are delighted to announce that our mentor is award-winning author and seasoned writing teacher Laura Van Prooyen. The 2022 Gemini Ink Mentorship Program is open to poets of all levels from all 50 States.


If you become a Gemini Ink 2022 mentee, you will:

Join poet Laura Van Prooyen for a six-month personalized poetry writing mentorship that will include discussion and advice about writing habits, goal setting, writing practice with extensive feedback toward revision, and guidance toward manuscript submission and publication. During the mentorship period, you may wish to work on several new poems or make progress on your book-length manuscript. No matter your personal goals, completing this mentorship course is designed to make you a better writer.

Work with your mentor to:

  • Establish a timeline and goals for your poetry manuscript project.
  • Exchange three (3) project packets and receive detailed feedback at regular intervals, based on the specific needs of each mentee.
  • Closeout your project with a public reading of your work with your fellow mentee and Laura van Prooyen, our featured 2022 mentor. (While the mentorship reading may be held virtually if it is an in-person event, please note that travel costs to San Antonio to take part in this final celebration are not covered by Gemini Ink).


The 2022 Poetry Mentor
Laura Van Prooyen is the author of three collections of poetry: Frances of the Wider Field (Lily Poetry Review Books), Our House Was on Fire (Ashland Poetry Press) nominated by Philip Levine, and winner of the McGovern Prize, and Inkblot and Altar (Pecan Grove Press). She is also co-author with Gretchen Bernabei of Text Structures from Poetry, a book of writing lessons for educators of grades 4-12 (Corwin Literacy). A graduate of Purdue University, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College, Van Prooyen is a recipient of grants from the Artist Foundation of San Antonio, the American Association of University Women, Money for Women/Barbara Deming Memorial Fund. She is the recipient of several awards, including the 2015 Writers’ League of Texas Poetry Book Award, the Annual Glenna Luschei Award for poems in Prairie Schooner, a Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Award, and residencies from The Ragdale Foundation, Virginia Center for Creative Arts (VCCA), and the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. Serving as Managing Editor of the online poetry journal The Cortland Review, Van Prooyen teaches poetry in the low-residency MFA Creative Writing program at Miami University of Ohio and teaches independently. Van Prooyen is the founder of Next Page Press  www.nextpage-press.com, publishing contemporary poetry with a focus on second and third books. She teaches poetry in the low-residency MFA Creative Writing program at Miami University of Ohio and facilitates Poetic Record: Resilience Workshops for Healthcare Workers. She lives in San Antonio, TX.  www.lauravanprooyen.com. 

Dates
11/15/2021      Deadline to Apply (by 11:59PM CST)
12/15/2021     Poetry Mentees Accepted
1/1-6/1, 2021:  2022 Mentorship Program
Fall 2022       Final Mentorship Celebration & Reading—Date and Location TBD

Fees

  • $25 application fee.
  • If chosen, each mentee will pay $750 for this 6-month mentorship. We are happy to work out payment plans as needed. Please reach out to us with any questions.


You will be asked to provide a single PDF or WORD file containing the following:

  • A one-page letter of intent that includes your full name, a current email, and phone number. Let us know how you would most benefit from this 6-month mentorship program.
  • A 10-page manuscript of your work. Please double-space and use 12-point Times New Roman or Garamond font.
  • A short CV or resumé, listing two references and their contact information.
  • Please include your name on each page.

Further Information
Gemini Ink (210) 734-9673
Alexandra van de Kamp (avandekamp@geminiink.org)

Gemini Ink