WNBA “Power of Poetry in a Complex World” Event Reflection

screen-shot-2016-09-28-at-2-27-00-pmThe Women’s National Book Association worked together with Pace University to arrange and present “The Power of Poetry in a Complex World” on November 9th of this year.

Contemporary female poets Camille Rankine, Deborah Poe, Ellease Ebele Oseye, Mellissa Studdard, and moderator Amy King read their poems and shared insight to the meaning of their work in the current tumultuous social and political climates.

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WNBA and UN Youth Representative Opportunity

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Women’s National Book Association United Nations (UN) Department of Public Information (DPI) Non-governmental Organization (NGO) Youth Outreach

To support an increase in youth participation at the United Nations (UN), the DPI/NGO Relations Section now offers several new opportunities for young people to get involved. Beginning Fall 2011, two youth representatives (18 to 32 years old) have been added to each official NGO-accredited representation. They can attend weekly NGO Briefings and Communications Workshops, partake in the UN DPI/NGO Annual Conference, and other meetings, briefings, and conferences.

For more information, visit http://outreach.un.org/ngorelations.

The Women’s National Book Association is looking to Pace University’s MS in Publishing program to fill one of these positions commencing January 2017 through December 2017. This is an excellent opportunity for students interested in learning more about NGOs to gain experience at the UN, as well as a wonderful resume building opportunity.

The designated Youth Representative will be under the supervision of the UN DPI/NGO main representative (Jill A.Tardiff). This position requires a commitment to the motivations of the Association and the UN, as well as excellent organizational skills, self-motivation, and the ability to work well with minimum direct supervision. The main representative and/or NY-based alternate representative will meet with the intern in person intermittently, and will be available by phone and e-mail. Attendance at monthly WNBA-NYC board meetings is highly recommended. The Youth Representative will receive a membership in the Association (for the duration of the assignment) complete with all related benefits.

Duration: January 1 thru December 31, 2017 (pending approval, DPI/NGO 2016 Annual Review)

Overall duties:

  • Work with the UN DPI/NGO Main Representative and two Alternates on achieving the Association’s mandate “… to support and respect the principles of the Charter of the United Nations and to disseminate information and news about the U.N. in our capacity (advocacy) as a non-consultative non-governmental organization (NGO)” and to actively plan and participate in UN and UN agency (namely US Fund for UNICEF) programmes and activities.
  • Attend at least one weekly briefing (Thursdays, 10A-12P) per month, provide report.
  • Attend the DPI/NGO Orientation Programme and/or Communications Workshop, provide report.
  • Attend the annual DPI/NGO Conference (usually held in September) when said event is held at the UN HQ.
  • Write one article per calendar year (topic TBD) for The Bookwoman, national publication of the Women’s National Book Association.
  • Write one article (every other issue) for The New York Bookwoman, WNBA-NYC chapter publication.
  • Contribute to the annual WNBA DPI/NGO report (June).
  • Contribute to the UN DPI/NGO Youth Blog.
  • Other duties to be determined.

Application deadline: Letter of intention with writing sample (non-fiction, 350-500 words) to be sent on/before November 18, 2016.

Contact: Please send your resume and cover letter expressing your interest in this position to Professor Jane Kinney-Denning at jdenning@pace.edu.

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Internship Alert: WNBA Centennial Intern

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The Women’s National Book Association was established on November 13, 1917, in New York City by a group of women booksellers shut out of the American Booksellers Association and the Booksellers’ League. Many of them had joined forces over another cause—women’s suffrage—in the fall of that year. In fact, on October 27, just two days before the WNBA founders first gathered at Sherwood’s Bookstore in downtown Manhattan to discuss forming a women’s booksellers group, many of them had assembled as a group in a huge parade to support New York State’s referendum on women’s suffrage. That year, suffrage passed, making New York the first state in the East to grant women the right to vote. And that year, when the WNBA was founded, some thirteen women launched their efforts in connecting, educating, advocating, and leading in the literary world—an enterprise still going strong 100 years later.

The Women’s National Book Association will be celebrating its Centennial during the last week of October, 2017 with a national board meeting and a series of stellar, celebratory events.

screen-shot-2016-09-28-at-2-27-00-pmWe are looking to fill an exciting internship opportunity in New York City available starting in November of 2016 and running through November of 2017. The intern will work remotely but will also meet regularly with the Executive Board members and Committee Chairs. The hours of the internship will vary but will be a minimum of 20 hours a month.

This is an unpaid position but each intern will have a free membership to the organization during the term of the internship.

This is an exciting opportunity not only to gain experience working with a 503c non-profit but also to interact with the publishing professionals who work in all aspects of the industry—as well as people who love books!

TITLE/Position – Centennial Planning Intern

Essential job responsibilities include:

  • Provide editorial assistance, including photo research, for the WNBA Centennial publication
  • Work on developing and updating the WNBA’s National and Centennial websites
  • Assist with the Coordination of the National Centennial Lecture Series
  • Assist in the development of Celebrating Women’s Voices (100 books lists – one for Fiction and one for Non-Ficiton) that will be made public in March of 2017
  • Help with organizing the national meeting/centennial celebrations
  • Attend meetings with key board and committee members

TO APPLY: Email your resume to Valerie Tomaselli — vtomaselli@mtmpublishing.com

WNBA Event: The Power of Poetry in a Complex World

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The Women’s National Book Association is hosting a reading event, “The Power of Poetry in a Complex World.” It will be held Wednesday, November 9th at 6:00 PM at One Pace Plaza. This is a great opportunity for publishing students to support poets and be involved with the messages these scholars and artists are sharing. There is no admission fee.

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