Wednesday, March 26, 2014

EKPHRASTACY - A Call for Poets


HeightsArts, a nonprofit arts organization in Cleveland Heights announces the launch of
EKPHRASTACY: Poets Respond to the Visual Arts.

This new program seeks poets interested in writing and reading poems inspired by the curated exhibitions that are presented six times a year in the HeightsArts Gallery.  The Gallery is located on Lee Road, next to the Cedar-Lee Theater.  HeightsArts will sponsor a public reception and reading during the run of each exhibition showcasing the featured artists talking about their work and the poets who have created ekphrastic responses to that work. 

Poets chosen to participate in each EKPHRASTACY program will have access to images of the artwork prior to the mounting of each exhibition, and will have a few weeks to view the installed works in the gallery before the public reception and reading.  Completed poems must be submitted at least a week prior to the reception and reading, and will be posted adjacent to the responded artwork the day of the EKPHRASTACY reception.  A small brochure containing the poems will be available to the audience following the reading.

Four-to-six poets will be selected and invited to participate in each EKPHRASTACY program.  Selection will be made by the Poet Laureate of Cleveland Heights, who is appointed by Cleveland Heights City Council and sponsored by HeightsArts. 

Interested poets should email and attach a word document with three-five representative samples of work.  Poems and flash fiction are both open to consideration.  

HeightsArts is also considering a regular reading series and inviting poets to read before each of the concerts in its Close Encounters subscription concert series, which features musicians from the Cleveland Orchestra, among others.  Poets who respond to this call will be considered for those opportunities as well.

2175 Lee Road
Cleveland Heights, OH 44118

1 comment:

John B. Burroughs said...

The above information comes from Kathleen Cerveny, Poet Laureate of Cleveland Heights.


The poet doesn't invent. He listens. ~Jean Cocteau