Position Available: Portfolio Program Poetry Instructor

Position Available: 

The IPRC is currently seeking applications for a core Portfolio Program Poetry Instructor. Qualified applicants will have experience teaching poetry creative writing workshops in an educational and/or community-based setting; developing curriculum; leading workshop critiques; and facilitating discussions on craft and revision. The IPRC is looking for candidates who center inclusion and equity in their practice, and bring an enthusiasm for print, and independent or DIY publishing. 


Roles & Responsibilities of Core Instructors include: 

  • Developing three terms of curriculum with assigned readings, discussions on craft, generative writing & revision prompts, and guest lectures from local writers 
  • Working collaboratively with the Program Director, and communicating Program Goals, expectations and term schedule to students
  • Facilitating and leading weekly creative workshops 
  • Giving feedback on all stages of student writing
  • Participating in Portfolio Program community events including
    • Info Sessions
    • Meet & Greet / Student Orientation at the beginning of the year (September 2023)
    • Portfolio Program Readings
    • Portfolio Program Group Workshops and skillshares
    • Portfolio Program Graduation Readings
  • Sharing resources & information pertaining to the contemporary landscape of poetry and publishing 


About the program: 

The Portfolio Program is a yearlong course of study that runs from September through July, and combines creative writing workshops with hands-on learning experiences and modules in the IPRC’s print studios. Working in small cohorts over the course of three terms, students choose one of four disciplines (Art Book, Comics, Poetry, or Prose) and create  a portfolio of creative work specific to their chosen genre that may include a creative manuscript, broadsides, book forms, art books, zines, and other print ephemera.


About you:

You’re excited about working in a nontraditional educational environment, and being part of a learning community that is guided by anti-racist values. Publishing experience may range from self published zines or chapbooks to more traditional forms of publishing, whether in print & online  literary journals, or chapbooks and full-length collections, self-published or by a publisher. Publication experience is not a must, though a knowledge of the range of options for publishing is a plus. Teaching experience may include teaching in university, or community college settings, but can also be a combination of noninstitutional teaching experiences such as in community settings, or other nontraditional venues. 


To apply:

Please provide:

  1. A statement of interest
  2. A sample lesson plan or creative writing assignment
  3. CV or résumé 
  4. 1-2 teaching references

Applications can be sent by attachment to info@iprc.org with subject heading: Portfolio Program Poetry Instructor, or dropped off at the IPRC (318 SE Main St. Ste. 155 Portland, OR 97214) no later than 6pm Friday, June 9th.



$2,100 first term (mid September through mid December)*

$1,575 second term (mid January through March)**

$1,050 third term (April through May)***

*8 Poetry Workshop sessions, equivalent to 24 teaching hours ($50/hour) and 36 prep hours ($25/hour)

**6 Poetry Workshop sessions, equivalent to 18 teaching hours ($50/hour) and 27 prep hours ($25/hour) 

***4 Poetry Workshop sessions equivalent to 12 teaching hours ($50/hour) and 18 prep hours ($25/hour)


Non-Discrimination Policy:

The IPRC will not discriminate against any individual with respect to employment or provision of services based upon that individual’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, political affiliation, marital status, disability, gender identity, source of income, or familial status.


Mission & Values:

We strive to make our workshops student-centered and discussion-based, with curriculum attuned to contemporary discourse in the literary and independent publishing communities. We commit to equity and inclusion as central motivators for our work, and view social justice as inseparable from creative expression. The values of the Certificate Program are deeply informed by the IPRC’s Mission & Equity Statements.


*Work Environment: Portfolio Program workshops take place in the Classroom or Print Studio Space, in Suites 145 & 155. For anyone experiencing audio or visual sensitivity, please note that the IPRC is situated under a skatepark, which creates occasional disruptive background noise, and the lighting in the studio and classroom space is primarily fluorescent. The IPRC is ADA accessible, with a wheelchair accessible entrance on the south side of the building at 331 SE Madison.