Community Outreach opportunity

If you’re taking CRTW 550: Community Outreach for Creative Writers — a required course for the Creative Writing MA Program — in the Fall, consider getting started early with the outreach component of the course with the internship described below. EMU alumna Anya Cobler (BA in Creative Writing at EMU; MFA at UM) directs this internship and says that last year’s intern “had a great experience soliciting poetry from poets and helping to plan poetry events…among other things.”

If you are interested, contact Anya at:

Oaken Transformations Sculpture & Poetry Walk – Poetry Internship

Oaken Transformations Sculpture & Poetry Walk is an out-of-doors art tour, free to the public, dedicated to showcasing work by talented poets and artists with ties to the state of Michigan. Part nature walk, part meditative footpath, part art installation, the tour presents a unique physical space for poetry and a serene setting for sculptural work on consignment. Located in Brighton, Michigan, Oaken Transformations is invested in broadening an already growing arts community in Southeast Michigan.  Currently, it is directed by Anya L Cobler, Poet in Residence at Dr. Bonine Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery.  The walk began in 2010 as a side project by Dr. Fredric L. Bonine, who has generously funded its efforts thus far.

Overview: The Oaken Transformations intern will gain hands-on experience in managing Oaken Transformations’ poetry matters as related to the art walk while continuing the efforts of building a public arts community.

Job Description: Ideally, the intern will spend 2-3 days per week of the summer working in conjunction with and as assistant to Anya L Cobler.  The intern will be able to work remotely, from home, on different aspects of the project, though some in-office/on-site work should be expected so intern should have dependable transportation.  The main work of the summer shall include continued poetry solicitation and communication with poets that will result in the acquisition of poetry for the art walk; coordinating, curating & hosting art events/poetry readings; increased marketing of the art walk via social media and grass roots methods; community outreach aimed at furthering a local and state-wide presence for Oaken Transformations in the poetry world.

The intern should be self-motivated, have an interest and investment in the poetry world, able to work as part of a team, creative, and community oriented.