Editor and Poets House coordinator Stephen Motika to speak

Stephen Motika, program coordinator for Poets House and prose editor for Nightboat Books, will discuss literary arts programming, careers in community and non-profit arts organizations, editing and the balancing act that brings them together on Monday, Feb. 12 at 11:30 a.m. in 316 Bartlett Hall.

Founded in 1985 by poet Stanley Kunitz and arts administrator Elizabeth Kray, Poets House is a vital home for poetry and community programming. At the heart of the organization is a 45,000-volume poetry collection, the most comprehensive open-access collection of poetry books in the U.S. and the foundation of a broad range of programs and services including readings, workshops, seminars, exhibits, lectures, bibliographic work and partnerships with public libraries.

Motika is the coordinator of public programs, exhibitions, and education at Poets House and an editor at Nightboat Books. Previously, he worked for Simon & Schuster, The Center for the Humanities at the CUNY Graduate Center, PEN American Center, and curated the Red Room Reading Series in SoHo. He has written for The National Post of Canada, Another Chicago Magazine, The Common Review, and has been a contributing writer to the Palisadian-Post in Los Angeles since 1998. “The Field,” a collaborative exhibition with Dianna Frid, was on view at Gallery 400 at the University of Illinois, Chicago in 2003. A graduate of Vassar College, he has also studied at Columbia University, the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, and Northwestern University. He lives in Brooklyn.

Motika’s visit is part of the series Writers Work: Making Art, Making a Living, which hosts an array of professionals working in fields related to literary, book and other arts, but distinct from academia. Showcasing the ways writers and other artists find careers in which to apply their skills, and the ways art lovers bring the arts into their lives, editors, publishers, librarians, booksellers, arts administrators and other professionals share how their careers and their love of literary and other arts intersect.

Writers Work is a program of the Juniper Initiative and is made possible by support from the MFA Program for Poets and Writers, English Department, College of Humanities and Fine Arts, and Graduate School.