Participate in WPF 2018!

Applications are closed. Check back next year.

Seeking Poets to Vend, Teach, Perform and Volunteer

How Vending at WPF Is Different From Other Tabling

We are creating a space where poets can promote their own work while having the freedom to get to know and support other poets. In WPF, you do NOT need to sit at a table behind your work. You would be able to:

  • exhibit your poetry projects (chapbooks, broadsides) for sale
  • come and go freely during the festival hours
  • move around to other tables, and
  • participate in workshops and readings.

Rather than having an individual table to sit behind, we are assigning spaces on long tables. Each space measures to either 21" x 18" (378 sq. in.) or 24" x 15" (360 sq. in.). You'll have plenty of room to display quite a few books and broadsides.

Please keep the majority of focus on poetry. If you have other on-theme crafts, art or wares to sell -- great! Just make sure it fits on your slice of the table.

If you have work that you feel belongs at WPF but does not work with the space requirements above, please detail your display needs in your application.

The work that you display should be your own. If you want to display your work as part of an entity (such as a collective, press, group, etc.) please make that clear on your form. Spaces are limited to one per individual, but if you’re displaying as a group you may reserve two.

Now that you are ready to register as a vendor, please note:

  • Registration for each space is on a sliding scale of $15-25. If you can afford to pay $25, please do :D Together we can make WPF as accessible as possible in our first year.
  • WPF organizers will not take a cut of your sales. However, we will be available to take payments on your behalf at a cashier station.
  • Please be ready to provide your preferred modes of payment (via apps or cash/check) after you received confirmation. You do not need a Venmo handle but it helps a lot.
  • 50% of spaces are available at a discount to BIPOC. You can read our full inclusion statement here.

About Facilitating and Hosting Workshops

Do you have an idea for a class or workshop related to poetry? We wanna hear it!

You don't have to be an experienced teacher in order to apply. We (WPF organizers) have teaching experience and would be happy to help you craft your idea into a workshop.

Workshops will be held in the classroom space at the IPRC which has room for about 15 participants. They should be between 1-2 hours long. Let us know if you need additional time for setup/breakdown.

Workshops should have a focus on poetry at their core but we welcome creative and unusual approaches to poetry.

Workshop facilitators will be compensated. We will discuss payment terms after we receive your application.

As with our vending spaces, we are prioritizing BIPOC facilitators.

About Performing at WPF

We hope to put together an exciting line-up of poets to perform at WPF. We will be setting up a mic and seating area in a cozy part of the festival. This is a great opportunity to promote your work to poetry enthusiasts!

As with our vending spaces and workshops, we are prioritizing BIPOC performers. (We'll keep saying it.)

About Volunteering

Check back in December when we will have volunteer sign-up applications. We are reseerving vending spaces in exchange for tasks day-of-event and logistics crew.

If you are BIPOC, please consider registering for a discounted space. We would rather have BIPOC poets participating fully in the festival without additonal labor.