Job Opportunity at Poets & Writers!

Poets & Writers currently has an opening for an Assistant Online Editor.

The Assistant Online Editor is an integral part of the team responsible for developing and maintaining Poets & Writers’ website ( See a job description below!

There is also an opening for an IT Associate, and are accepting applications for our 2011-12 Galen Williams Fellows (a paid Fellowship program) through June 15. Information about each of these opportunities is at:


The Assistant Online Editor is an integral part of the team responsible for developing and maintaining Poets & Writers’ website ( Under the direction of the Editorial Director, attracts over a million unique visitors per year and is the creative writer’s primary source for information and advice.

As detailed below, specific tasks include maintaining a variety of databases and select web content. In addition, the Assistant Online Editor is often the first point of contact with writers and others seeking assistance, and as such is key to maintaining the high level of service and integrity for which Poets & Writers is known.

The position offers a creative, adroit, and literate person an opportunity to contribute to the ongoing development of Poets & Writers’ fast-growing online service to creative writers. This full-time position reports to the Editorial Director, and includes excellent benefits and potential for growth.

Responsibilities include:

  • Compiling news sources and writing headlines for P&W’s Daily News, an online aggregate of news items relevant to writers, and promoting it via social media.
  • Maintaining, enhancing, developing, and producing select online content, including Top Ten Topics for Writers.
  • Administering the Directory of Poets & Writers, and maintaining the integrity of its
  • 9,000+ listings of contemporary authors.
  • Maintaining and updating other online resources and directories, including P&W’s databases of literary magazines, small presses, grants & awards, and MFA programs.
  • Communicating with writers, magazines, small presses, and other entities regarding their listings in’s databases.
  • Conducting outreach and research related to the maintenance of databases.
  • Supervising interns.
  • Answering written, phone, and e-mail queries from writers, providing accurate information and outstanding, courteous service.
  • Serving as back up to the Administrative Coordinator, whose duties include greeting visitors, receiving packages, checking and forwarding phone messages, among other administrative tasks.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Excellent research, writing, and communication skills.
  • Web savvy; strong experience with maintaining databases.
  • Experience with basic HTML, CSS, and Drupal, a plus.
  • Highly organized and excellent attention to detail.
  • Familiarity with the literary marketplace.
  • Independent, self-motivated worker.
  • At least one to two years of office experience.
  • Passion for contemporary poetry and fiction.

To Apply:

Please send resume and cover letter to Mary Gannon, Editorial Director, Poets & Writers, 90 Broad St., Suite 2100, New York, NY 10004 or by e-mail to Attachments should be .doc, .rtf, or .pdf; other file types will not be opened. No calls, please.

About Poets & Writers, Inc.:

Poets & Writers is the nation’s largest nonprofit organization serving creative writers. It is respected and trusted as the primary source of information, support, and guidance for poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. Founded in 1970, the organization’s mission is to foster the professional development of poets and writers, to promote communication throughout the literary community, and to help create an environment in which literature can be appreciated by the widest possible public. P&W accomplishes this by publishing Poets & Writers Magazine, producing a website (, providing publishing information, introducing emerging writers outside of New York to the New York City literary community, and paying fees to writers participating in public literary events. P&W’s programs introduce writers to one another and connect them to audiences, making today’s writing visible and accessible in major cities and small towns across the country. In addition to its national office in New York City, P&W maintains a branch office in Los Angeles.

Poets & Writers is an equal opportunity employer and encourages diversity in its hiring.

Pace University Hosts First Pace-Hunan Publishing Training Program

Hunan Group
The Hunan Publishing Group

From March 21st to April 8th 2011, Pace University’s Publishing Department hosted the first Pace-Hunan Publishing Training Program. A group of Chinese publishing professionals who sought to learn more about publishing practices in the U.S. were engaged by three weeks of intense coursework that threw them into the heart of modern American publishing.

Courses ranged from site visits to Bloomberg News Headquarters, to lectures on “Content Organization”, “Best Practices in Employee Recruitment, Development, and Retention”, and “Brand Management and Intellectual Properties.” Program participants had the chance to meet and attend lectures from industry giants like Jason Epstein, Michael Healy, Eric Frank, and George Slowik.

Pace University’s own Prof. Melissa Rosati and Prof. Kirsten Sandberg, who together presented many of the lectures during the program (with the assistance of Prof. Xiao Lian), had this to say about the experience:

We were fascinated by the tension between the openness the Chinese executives displayed as technology consumers and the hesitation they have as content producers.  During our lectures, several participants were using laptops and handheld devices to text, email, surf the Internet, read downloads, and take and upload photographs in real time–behavior perhaps more typical of executives at Google, Amazon, and Apple than at the Big Six publishers. Almost every morning, an executive came to class with new iPad2 or another gadget. Their unbridled enthusiasm of new publishing platforms as consumers was in contrast to their hesitation as producers, and with good reason: piracy is as much a problem there as it is here, except that their government does not rigorously enforce copyright protection or crack down on unauthorized online content distributors. That is a big concern in a country with some 457 million Internet users, over 40% of which read literary content online or via their mobile devices.

Our theme for the program was Innovation and Collaboration. We emphasized that publishing’s future is in a company’s ability to think in terms of content ecosystems, where creators and readers are connected through one or many social media applications and platforms. Underscoring our theme were guest speakers from Flat World Knowledge, IBM, Bowker, BISG, Barrons, John Wiley, among others.

Director of the M.S. in Publishing Program at Pace, Professor Raskin:

The Hunan Publishing Group is a very prestigious publishing organization in the Hunan province of China. We were pleased to have the opportunity to train and educate their executives and give them an understanding of how we publish books here in the U.S. Most importantly, we are working to create understanding between the U.S. and China, so we’re fostering good relations as well as a first-rate publishing education.

Professors Sandberg and Rosati give their remarks
Professors Raskin and Whitson pose for pictures

The next training group will include members from China’s Phoenix Publishing & Media Group, from May 9th through the 27th.

2010 Eliot DeYoung Schein Lecture

When: Wednesday, April 14th
Where: Midtown Executive Club
Time: 6:00 to 8:00pm

Susan Katz, President and Publisher at HarperCollins Children’s Books, will discuss “The Changing World of Children’s and Teen Publishing.”

Ms. Katz began her career at Harper and Row in 1987 as the Publisher of the College Division and as a member of the Executive Committee. In 1993 she became the Group Vice President of Education, managing the School and College Divisions of the Company. Shortly thereafter she also added the responsibility of overseeing the Corporate Interactive Group. In 2006, she became President of the Children’s Division which is her current position. In this capacity, she has more than doubled the revenues of the Division has published more Children’s bestsellers than any other publisher. She has worked with such prestigious authors as Maurice Sendak, Shel Silverstein, Neil Gaiman, John Grogan, Clive Barker, Eric Carle, Jamie Lee Curtis, Daniel Handler, Jane O’Connor, and Melissa Marr. Ms. Katz is also a member of the Board of Directors of First Book and the Children’s Book Council. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in education from Boston University and a master’s degree from Columbia Teacher’s College.

We look forward to all Pace MS in Publishing students in attendance. This lecture not only honors Mr. Schein’s memory and recognizes his contributions to the Pace publishing program but also fosters publishing education. We would appreciate your response as early as possible to assure your place at the event. Seating is limited so RSVP at

Thank You Note- Jennifer Clare

The Publishing Award is an extremely great honor and it means so much to be a recipient. It represents the school’s recognition of my work, my dedication, and most of all my passion for publishing. It is even more meaningful knowing that I am being honored by people who have guided me in my education, watched me as I grew with the program, and supported me in all my endeavors. I want to thank all the Professors and Staff of the Publishing Program, along with Dr. Goldleaf and Dr. Hussey at Pace University Press, for teaching me the in’s and out’s of publishing, giving me valuable hands-on experience, and always pushing me to strive for greatness. I want to extend a special thank you to Professor Raskin for giving me the opportunity to participate in this program and for his constant words of encouragement. I have learned so much from everyone at Pace and look forward to applying all I have learned as I take the first steps towards a fulfilling and successful career at Random House in Digital Marketplace Development.