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AK Press is Hiring

By Harriet Staff


Fancy thyself the next great anarchist poet? AK Press has a job for you: the worker-run, collectively-managed, anarchist publisher and distributor is seeking a new collective member to join its organization. Since 1990, AK Press has been a handy-resource for people around the world who are interested in learning more about anarchism; it’s looking for a new member with some knowledge of and affinity with anarchism to join the team. AK Press distributes some pretty neat poetry books too, like, Red: Quebec Student Strike and Social Revolt Poems (ed. Norman Nawrocki) and The Light Where Shadow Casts (a collection of interviews with William Everson, edited by Clifton Ross).

As indicated by AK’s website, the job description is as follows:

AK Press has an immediate opening for a new collective member. More specifically, we’re looking to expand our distribution department by hiring someone who has a passion for books and a superhuman work ethic, and who will add valuable experience, energy, and new ideas to our project. Read on for more explanation.

AK Press is a worker-run anarchist collective that publishes and distributes books and other media. Our distribution department is specifically responsible for getting as many of our titles out into the world as possible: both our own published titles, and the 4,000+ we carry from other independent presses. We do this by distributing within the book trade, to individuals, to radical spaces, at events, and by any other means we can think of.

Applicants must be willing to work from our Oakland warehouse. Specific day-to-day job responsibilities for the new hire will include processing and shipping orders; receiving incoming stock; and updating the AK Press website. This new collective member will also work closely with the other members of the department to help run our distribution operation as a whole—including, but not limited to, choosing new titles to include in our catalog; developing strategies to reach new audiences and increase sales; and occasionally representing AK Press in person at bookfairs, events, and bookstores. We are looking for someone who will be self-motivated to develop their own skills and grow within our department, and who will be an active participant in our ongoing efforts to develop our distribution operation itself.

While most day-to-day tasks revolve around the functions of the distribution department, as a member of the collective you’ll also be self-managing the largest and most productive anarchist publishing house and distribution center that we know of! Our jobs can be tremendously fun and rewarding, but remember, this is hard work.

The position is full-time (forty hours per week plus additional nights and weekends, as necessary). We offer comprehensive health care, twenty-four paid vacation days a year (in addition to May Day—our only official holiday), and an annual salary of $30,680.00.

See if you’re the human for the job at the AK Press site.

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Posted in Poetry News on Thursday, July 11th, 2013 by Harriet Staff.