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  1. Residency Program
    Call for Proposals
    Deadline: February 5, 2020 (11:59PM EST)
    Apply via Submittable

    The Wendy’s Subway Residency Program supports a variety of projects at the intersection of literature, the arts, and publishing. This stipended residency provides artists, writers, independent publishers, and small-scale arts organizations with focused time to research, experiment, and develop creative projects, public programs, and publications over two to three months.

    Residents receive a $600 stipend as well as an additional stipend of $1,000 for public programs, and further resources for a publication to be determined in relation to each resident’s project. Residents become key-holders at Wendy’s Subway during the course of their residency with 24/7 access to the library and workspace. Beyond this time, residents receive yearlong Supporter-level membership to Wendy’s Subway.

    Residents are invited to develop projects which can manifest through three key areas of Wendy’s Subway programming. These include: 

    • Exhibiting a special collection of printed matter and producing creative interventions in the reading room. The collection on display is acquired by Wendy’s Subway as part of the Residency Archive.

    • Developing 2-3 public programs, including talks, workshops, screenings, performances, and more.

    • Producing a publication with Wendy’s Subway during the residency period or in the following months. Past publications have taken the form of annotated bibliographies, quick zines, edited transcripts stemming from public programs, commissioned reflections, and ephemera and research undertaken over the course of the residency. Each publication is printed in an edition of 150-300 copies and distributed by Wendy’s Subway.


    Residents receive creative, technical, and administrative support from Wendy’s Subway staff to realize a program of public events, as well as editorial, design, and production support for a publication related to their proposed project. The unique format of the Residency Program provides resources for focused study, research, and creative work, as well as a platform for projects that seek to expand the social impact of the resident’s work through audience engagement.

    We privilege projects which relate to Wendy’s Subway’s mission to continuously seek new modes of accessing and creating knowledge around and through the library collection, engage readers and audiences in innovative ways, and invest in the capacity of books to create networks of support, resource-sharing, and solidarity through publication and distribution. We ascribe to the idea that publishing is a practice of social assembly with the capacity to advance social change.

    Residents will be selected through a panel composed of Wendy’s Subway staff and a guest jury of former residents, publishers, writers, curators, and arts practitioners. Proposals are evaluated on the basis of the proposal’s rationale, scope, and feasibility within the residency period; the project’s emphasis on audience engagement through public programming and publication; and the overall alignment with Wendy’s Subway mission.

    This year’s panelists include: 
    Corinne Butta, Managing Editor; Sanjana Iyer, Program Director; Rachel Valinsky, Artistic Director, Wendy’s Subway 
    Lindsey Berfond, Assistant Curator for Public Programs, Queens Museum 
    Emmy Catedral, Former Wendy’s Subway Resident; Pilipinx American Library Co-Founder; Fairs & Editions Coordinator, Printed Matter
    Rachel Kauder Nalebuff, 3 Hole Press, Founder 
    Gee Wesley, Curator; Co-Founder, Ulises 

    Wendy's Subway is a non-profit reading room, writing space, and independent publisher located at 379 Bushwick Avenue in Brooklyn. Since 2013, Wendy's Subway has provided an open and versatile platform for expanding modes of reading, writing, and publishing. Our interdisciplinary program includes free readings, performances, and reading groups; writing workshops; and a residency program. In 2016, Wendy’s Subway launched a publishing initiative including artist’s books and hybrid genre titles by emerging writers, artists, and performers. The non-circulating library holds a collection of over 3,000 titles, with a focus on art, literature, and critical theory, available to readers during public library hours, Wednesday-Sunday from 10am-6pm. 

    Past residents include: The Free Black Women’s Library, Makhzin, Kaf Collective, Reading Zimbabwe, Pilipinx American Library - P A L, GenderFail, unbag, Erizo: A Journal of the Arts, Collective Question, Gato Negro Ediciones, and Mochila/diSONARE. 

    Image: Audience "scores the stacks" during a talk by artist Kameelah Janan Rasheed, organized as part of Collective Question's residency in August 2019

  2. How to apply

    Applications must be submitted via Submittable by Wednesday, February 5 (11:59PM EST). 

  3. FAQs

    How long are residency sessions? 

    Residency sessions last 2-3 months and take place during the following dates in 2020-2021:
    March 1 - May 31, 2020
    June 1 - August 15, 2020
    August 15 - October 31, 2020
    November 1, 2020 - January 31, 2021


    Where does the residency take place? 

    At Wendy’s Subway in Brooklyn (379 Bushwick Avenue). Public programs may be organized in partnership with other venues and organizations and take place offsite.


    What equipment and amenities are available? 

    Beyond the library collection, additional amenities include a kitchenette; wifi; AV equipment (PA system, 2 mics, projector, projector screen); inkjet, laser, letterpress, and Risograph printers, bookbinding tools; and a Residency library shelf.


    Are travel and accommodations covered?  

    At this time Wendy’s Subway is unable to cover accommodations for residents. We therefore encourage residents to be locally based in New York, or to have easy and convenient access to the city. Travel support is available on a limited basis. Applicants from outside of New York should consider this when applying, or attempt to align the residency session with existing travel to New York.


    Can I apply as a collective, group, or organization? 

    Yes. You will be asked to list one primary contact in the application. However, you may provide more information about all individuals concerned in your proposal. Make sure to include a resume/CV for each person applying, and to feature documentation relevant to your collective or organizational work in your work samples. 


    Can I submit more than one application? 

    We ask that all applicants limit themselves to submitting one proposal.



    Still have questions? Email info@wendyssubway.com with the subject line “Residency Program Call for Proposals”