ARC is Looking for a New Editor
Anita Lahey, who pretty much holds the mantle, in my mind, of Canada’s best poetry reviewer, is stepping down from her post as editor of Arc: Canada’s National Poetry Magazine.
Whoever gets this job will be in a position to reframe the conversation about Canadian poetry in a way of their choosing. That sounds like a job for someone who reads Vox Populism.
Here’s a link to the job posting. Or, you could just cast your eyes slightly downwards:
The Arc Poetry Society seeks applications for the part-time contract position of Editor of Arc Poetry Magazine commencing April 1, 2011. Reporting to the Board of Directors, Arc’s editor will ensure that the content of Arc Poetry Magazine is selected and presented to maintain a consistently high standard for the publication.
■ Previous magazine editorial experience, including planning and assigning content; editing content; and taking issues to press
■ Ability to build on the magazine’s distinct aesthetic with input and guidance from an Editorial Board
■ Previous project planning and scheduling experience, combined with attention to detail and follow-through
■ Flexibility, excellent interpersonal skills and a high level of professionalism
■ Must reside within the National Capital Region, or within a two hour drive of same. We will consider applicants willing to relocate.
■ Familiarity with copyright issues
■ Previous experience working in some capacity with a literary magazine
■ Strong knowledge of contemporary Canadian poetry and the national literary community
The Editor will work in consultation and liaison with the Editorial Board, and with the support and administrative assistance of the Managing Editor. Duties include
■ generating content and themes for issues, including reviews, essays, interviews and explorations of issues, ideas and trends in poetry, with input and guidance from the editorial board
■ managing the editorial process from conception and assignment to production and press
■ making final decisions on submitted content based on feedback from the Editorial board
■ maintaining and raising the profile of the magazine
■ maintaining an active presence and fostering relationships in the literary community
■ providing updates and contributions to Arc’s website
■ recruiting reviewers and contributors to the magazine
■ liaison with writers including deadlines, fees, permissions, rights, etc
■ editing all content, and requesting changes and rewrites where necessary
■ writing an editor’s note for each issue of the magazine;
■ contributing to visual art selection activities
■ working with managing editor, art director and layout contractor on production of each issue
■ ensuring that all rights, permissions, and other consents are secured with respect to all magazine content
■ relaying all necessary information to the Managing Editor to allow for accurate and timely payment of all contracts, writers’ fees, and other obligations pertaining to production
■ attending Editorial Board Meetings
■ attending occasional seminars, conferences and trade fairs
■ attendance at all magazine events, including launch and awards events
This is an annual renewable contract position, and compensation is based on a flat fee of $5,000 per issue. Arc currently publishes three times per year (2 regular issues, plus a themed “annual”) subject to funding.
Applications must include:
■ cover letter
■ non-fiction writing sample (no more than 1000 words)
Please submit questions or complete applications to:
APPLICATION DEADLINE: JANUARY 15, 2011