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 three months.

Residents receive a $600 stipend as well as an additional stipend of $1,000 to produce public programs and in-kind resources to develop a publication.

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 that manifest through three key areas of Wendy’s Subway programming. These include:

  • Developing 2-3 public programs, including talks, workshops, screenings, performances, and more (in accordance with COVID-19 safety guidelines).
  • Conceiving and developing a publication with Wendy’s Subway during the residency period. 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.
  • 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.

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 that align with our mission of creating knowledge through the library collection, engaging readers and audiences in innovative ways, and investing in the capacity of publishing to create networks of support, resource-sharing, and solidarity. We ascribe to the idea that publishing is a practice of social assembly with the capacity to advance cultural, political, and revolutionary change.

We encourage proposals that seek to uplift critical work of people and projects often overlooked or marginalized. Our past residents are an eclectic group with overlapping discursive interests in topics such as subversive and radical literary histories; queer and trans liberation; translation, publishing, and recirculating material and histories from the “Global South”; intergenerational community outreach and care, and more.

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; emphasis on audience engagement through public programming and publication; and overall alignment with Wendy’s Subway’s mission.

This year’s panelists include:

Corinne Butta, Editor; Marian Chudnovsky, Collections, Education, and Digital Initiatives Coordinator; Sanjana Iyer, Program Director; Rachel Valinsky, Artistic Director, Stephon Lawrence, Distribution and Publicity Coordinator, Teline Trần, Membership and Community Engagement Coordinator, Mayra A. Rodríguez Castro, Research and Production Coordinator, Sebastian Zinn, Development Coordinator, Florence Li, Programming Fellow, and Juwon Jun, Library and Editorial Fellow; Wendy’s Subway

Bidita Choudhury, Managing Editor at Triple Canopy

Camille Drummond, Editorial Director at New York Consolidated

Conor Tomás Reed, Former resident, Radiating Black ~ Puerto Rican ~ Feminist Studies from CUNY to the Americas and Carribean

Jeanne Vaccaro, Former resident, NYC Trans Oral History Project

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: Pinko Collective, DOMAIN, NYC Trans Oral History Project, Radiating Black ~ Puerto Rican ~ Feminist Studies at CUNY, 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.

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