West Branch Interim Editor
Job no: 496718
Position type: part-time
Location: Lewisburg, PA
West Branch—a print and digital journal of poetry, fiction, essays, and reviews—seeks to hire an interim editor. The journal, housed in Bucknell University’s Stadler Center for Poetry & Literary Arts, publishes three print and three digital issues each year, which feature a range of both established and emerging contemporary writers. To learn more about the journal, please visit www.bucknell.edu/westbranch.
The West Branch interim editor would serve from August 1, 2021 until June 30, 2022. The editor would be responsible for the following:
• Edit three print issues and three digital issues annually, according to the publication deadlines outlined by the Managing Editor
o There is a guest editor in either poetry or prose for each digital issue of West Branch, so the editor is also responsible for selecting the guest editors
• Run 1-1.5 hour weekly editorial meetings with Managing & Reviews Editor, Stadler Fellow in Literary Editing, and West Branch Interns
• Read work forwarded from associate editors (who read all initial submissions in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction) to determine what will be considered for publication during weekly editorial meetings
• Read and consider any unsolicited translations
• Solicit a limited number of submissions for the magazine, as most published work is from unsolicited submissions
• Mentor Stadler Fellow in Literary Editing
o For example, the fellow has the option to work on a special feature for the journal and might seek guidance about which topics might be best and how to solicit submissions.
• Work with Stadler Fellow to develop any social media campaigns
• Work with Managing Editor to determine cover art
• Proofreading the journal (which goes through several passes by the managing editor, the interns, and sometimes the Fellows)
• Other responsibilities as outlined by the Director of the Stadler Center for Poetry & Literary Arts
Qualifications for this position include an MFA in a related field and previous editorial experience. This is a part-time, non-benefits eligible position expected to start August 1, 2021.
Interview process will be conducted remotely. Review of applications will begin immediately and the position will remain open until filled.
Applicants will be asked to submit a cover letter, a resume/CV, and the names and contact information for three references.
Founded in 1846 and located along the banks of the Susquehanna River in historic Lewisburg, Pa., Bucknell University is an undergraduate-focused institution that stands uniquely at the intersection of top-ranked liberal arts, engineering and management programs. Our students choose from more than 50 majors and 60 minors in the arts, engineering, humanities, management, and natural and social sciences, as well as extensive global study, service-learning and research opportunities. Bucknell’s 3,600 undergraduate and 100 graduate students enjoy a low 9:1 student-faculty ratio and exceptional opportunities to collaborate with faculty mentors.
Bucknell’s beautiful 450-acre campus includes first-rate facilities and is home to more than 90 percent of its students. Residential life is vibrant with about 150 student-run organizations, 27 NCAA Division I athletic teams, a robust arts culture, and a strong student commitment to community and global service work.
Bucknell is committed to fostering an environment that embraces diversity, equity and inclusion, and we seek candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports the growth and development of a diverse campus community. The University provides equal opportunity without regard to race, color, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, marital status, veteran status or disability in admissions, employment and in all of its educational programs and activities. We encourage individuals from historically underrepresented groups to apply.
Located in central Pennsylvania, Lewisburg features a variety of restaurants, beautiful Victorian homes, the restored art deco Campus Theatre (owned by the University), charming shops and boutiques, and the Barnes and Noble at Bucknell University Bookstore. About 33,000 residents live in the region.
The city of Williamsport is about a 30-minute drive from campus, and Penn State University’s main campus is about an hour away, as is Harrisburg, Pennsylvania’s state capital. Bucknell is about three hours from New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C.
The cost of living here is low compared to that of major U.S. cities and suburbs. Bucknell’s surroundings yield fresh produce, cultural activities and events, and many opportunities for outdoor activity on the Susquehanna River and in the nearby state parks and forests. The Lewisburg Area School District receives excellent reviews for its schools at all grade levels. Lewisburg Area High School is consistently ranked among the top 50 high schools in Pennsylvania for SAT scores and statewide exams.
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