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Seattle is Looking For a Poet to Live as a ‘Bridge Hermit’

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Seattle is after a “bridge hermit” to occupy the Fremont Bridge. The gig is part-time, as there’s no running water & the studio space isn’t well heated.  There’s also an absence of wi-fi, which may or may not be beneficial, pending on a potential hermit’s digital dependency. O, & the accepted applicant receives a $10,000 stipend.

More at Atlast Obscura in a piece written by Caira Giaimo:

“‘Bridge hermit’ is decidedly a part-time gig, as the space has no running water and isn’t well-heated. (As of 2009, it also had no wi-fi–a lack which, for some productivity-focused poets, may make up for the others.) If you feel like you’ve come to it, applications are due February 16th, and can be found here.

The city is hiring ‘an established writer or poet living within 100 miles of Seattle’ to shack up in the bridge and write for a year, reports the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Said writer will be given $10,000 and access to studio space in the tower.

The program is coordinated by the city’s Office of Arts & Culture and sponsored by the Department of Transportation, which, the Seattle PI reminds us, ‘is required to put 1 percent of its new construction budget toward public art.’ As the application materials explain, once chosen, the bridge bard will be expected to ‘undertake an in-depth exploration’ of the Fremont, and come out with a piece of writing that ‘represent[s] or illuminate[s] some aspect of the bridge and the bridge’s history, be it real or metaphorical.'”

The application process can be reviewed here. Learn more about this opportunity at Atlast Obscura.


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