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Poetry at Miami Exhibition and Award: Information for Applicants

Information for Applicants

Curatorial Fellowship Awards: Information for Prospective Applicants

Thank you for your interest in applying for this award! We encourage all interested students to apply for this award, and to contact us with any questions.

To support the creation of a Poetry at Miami exhibition, the Miami Libraries will provide three $500 awards to students co-curators, who will collaborate in the creation of this exhibition. Students will have opportunities to gain experience working in a rare books and archival environment, collaborating with rare book librarians and archivists in searching Miami's rich historical collections as they participate creating an engaging and informative exhibition of rare printed materials.

Student curators will receive significant support from the Miami Libraries. Librarian Mark Dahlquist will serve as project manager for this exhibition and an additional staff co-curator; Special Collections librarians Rachel Makarowski and Alia Wegner will also be contributing team members for this project.

Curatorial Fellowship Award winners will:

  • Identify and select from 10-15 items from Miami's collections include in the exhibit
  • Create descriptions of these items (50-75 words in length) for these items for display in exhibition cases
  • They will also participate in developing the overall direction of the exhibit by 5 planning meetings in the fall and 1 planning meeting in the spring, plus an opening night reception for the exhibition.

Award winners may also be offered opportunities to chose to communicate about their library research and item selections, for example by writing blog posts, participating in recorded interviews, or speaking at public events related to the Poetry at Miami exhibition.

Selection and descriptions of items for exhibit will be completed in November. Award funds will be distributed in early December, and the exhibition will open in mid-March of 2023.

All Miami students are invited to apply for these fellowships. We especially encourage students with interests in poetry, literature, social history, publishing, museums, libraries, and archival studies to apply. We also especially encourage students from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds to apply for these awards.

To apply, please fill out and submit this application form by 11:59 pm on Sunday, September 18. We plan to hold interviews with some applicants in late September. If you have any questions, please contact Humanities and Social Sciences Librarian Mark Dahlquist at dahlqumj@miamioh.edu.