Recited Verse is looking for readers (from all fields) to read poetry (from all eras) for a new digital platform

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Graduate Student Virtual Residency, 2022: Call for Readers

Do you *enjoy* reading poetry? Aloud, even? Recited Verse is looking to fund talented readers (from all fields) to read poetry (from all eras) for a new digital platform. We are a group of scholars imagining alternatives to the limitations of our current social media paradigm. We ask: what if users exchanged sonnets rather than status updates? How might an epic poem replace the doomscroll? What if microblogging meant softly uttered haiku? We want you to join us in this speculative experiment as we begin to welcome our first cohort of virtual residents. Successful applications will be awarded up to $500 for projects on Recited Verse.

About Recited Verse (

Recited Verse is an emerging alternative social media platform that supports an entirely free user-generated collection of poetry spoken aloud. While intended primarily for the classroom, all poetry enthusiasts (poets, students, teachers, scholars, and the general public) and all kinds of poetry (original and published verse of all ages, cultures, and languages, including religious verse) are welcome. Through both our website and iOS and Android apps, users can record and listen to poems at home or on the road. Additional features include generating and following poetry playlists; creating, joining, and interacting in private group forums; maintaining a public profile; following other users; liking readings; and using our commenting and advanced search options.

Virtual Residency Terms: First Cohort (March – May 2022)

This RV Virtual Residency, which will run from March to May 2022, is open to graduate students in any discipline. Finalists selected for this position will belong to the first cohort of instructors and scholars thinking about how to teach and research sound in poetry through the RV platform as well as how to make the RV medium accessible to a general audience. The two-month virtual residency will include intermittent cohort meetings along with an entrance and exit conversation with organizers.

Application Information

Interested applicants will submit: (1) a proposal that outlines the aims of their residency, which must include a rationale for the specific type of poetry recordings an applicant wishes to contribute to the RV archive, and (2) a sample poetry recording from the applicant (.mp3 file). Options for poetry selection can include works across ages and cultures based on a theme or idea; they can also be period-specific (see below for examples). We are especially interested in highlighting the work of artists of color from any period.

Outstanding proposals might include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • a plan for curating varied recordings of poetry from multiple users according to each applicant’s proposal specification.
  • a plan for piloting the software in a classroom or non-classroom setting (including a plan or method of execution and proposed outcomes)

For example:

  • projects that curate, gather, and invent counter-canonical formations.
  • an anthology of queer medieval poetry, spoken aloud and contextualized.
  • a curated collection of spoken word performances, new and old alike.
  • organizing poetry recordings with diverse community members, students, or peers.
  • any combination of the above, working with the Recited Verse platform.
  • ...something we haven’t yet imagined: bridging voice and poetry in unexpected ways.

Finalists for the first virtual residency will be awarded on a scale up to $500 based on the scope of each proposal; the funds will be payable upon the successful completion of the residency in May 2022. Each resident’s project will be featured on the Recited Verse homepage, which can include a selection of their project’s recordings.

How to Apply

To apply, please click here. Questions can be directed to Danny Snelson (UCLA), Omar F. Miranda (USF), and Pearl Chaozon Bauer (The Nueva School) Deadline is February 28, 2022.