America's Oldest Poetry Journal

Poet Lore ​Seeks Executive Editor

America’s oldest poetry magazine, Poet Lore, is seeking applicants for the position of Executive Editor. Based in Bethesda, MD and published by The Writer’s Center, a literary arts non-profit, Poet Lore has been in print for over 130 years. The Executive Editor will help curate the next phase of Poet Lore, with a keen eye towards the future. Poet Lore is a biannual print journal of poetry and translations. Published with the conviction that poetry provides a record of human experience as valuable as history, Poet Lore ’s intended audience is broad and inclusive.

Overview of position: The central responsibilities of this position are to shape and curate the literary content of Poet Lore and to coordinate editorial activities with Poet Lore ’s Managing Editor throughout each issue’s production cycle. The Executive Editor should help connect Poet Lore to the national literary community. At public events—and in interviews and social media—they publicize the journal’s ongoing mission of discovery as it enters its 131st year of publishing. The Executive Editor will also work with Poet Lore ’s publisher, The Writer’s Center, to further the mission of the journal in line with the publisher’s mission. 


  • Together with Managing Editor and volunteer readers, read and select poetry submissions via the online submission portal Submittable 
  • Meet with the Managing Editor, editorial team, and Poet Lore committee (either in person or virtually); typically 2 committee meetings per year, with additional editorial meetings as needed 
  • With the Managing Editor, edit all poetry content in consultation with poets 
  • Coordinate with Translation Editor on their content 
  • Work with the Managing Editor to proofread and sequence poetry in magazine to create a seamless reading experience 
  • With Managing Editor and designer, conceptualize the visual aesthetic of the magazine in line with Poet Lore’ s mission statement
  • Help select nominees for national awards/anthologies
  • Consult with the Managing Editor on projects pertaining to funding/grants, marketing, and bolstering Poet Lore’ s online presence
  • Participate in literary events for Poet Lore including festivals such as: AWP, Split This Rock, Washington Writers Conference, etc. 

Qualifications: The ideal candidate for Executive Editor will be intimately connected to the larger poetry community, either through experience editing a comparable journal or through active participation as a poet, editor, and/or educator. Prior publication in journals is preferred, but book publication is not required. Experience hosting readings/events and conceptualizing fundraising strategies is a plus. The Executive Editor must be committed to diversity and inclusion, ready to bring diverse voices into the journal, as well as reach out to a diverse audience.

Other details: This is a volunteer position and can be done remotely (our offices are based in Bethesda, MD). We do offer a travel stipend for AWP.

All interested candidates should submit a 1-page cover letter stating their interest in the journal and position, what they can bring to the publication, and other qualifications of note, as well as their CV/Resume to with the subject line “Executive Editor Application.” Poet Lore and The Writer’s Center are highly committed to diversity and inclusion; candidates from all backgrounds are encouraged to submit.