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Call for Poets – Ekphrastacy Series

About EKPHRASTACY: Artists Talk + Poets Respond

The Ekphrastacy literary program is a series of artist talks + poetry readings held regularly in the Heights Arts gallery, in conjunction with our special exhibitions. Cleveland-area writers are invited by the current Poet Laureate to view the installed artworks and respond with a poem. Four weeks after the exhibition opens, the artists talk about their work and the poets read their poems, often resulting in a surprising dialogue. Participating poets receive an honorarium of $150.00 for their participation and the commissioning of a minimum of two and no more than four works.

Heights Arts invites poets to apply for our 2019-2010 Season for the following dates:
Deadlines and Dates:
Applications must be received prior to November 15th, 2019
All events are on a Thursday evening and start at 7:00 and poets must arrive by 6:30. Ekphrastacy dates are below:
February 13th, 2020 (January 17th Opening)
April 2nd, 2020 (March 6th Opening)
May 21, 2020 (April 24th Opening)
July 9th, 2020 (June 12th Opening)
To participate, Poets must:
  • be available and agree to attend the corresponding opening for the event in which you are chosen to participate. This is a chance to see the work at the earliest opportunity and meet the artists.
  • complete and submit work at least 7 days prior to the Ekphrastacy event
  • be a current (or become, if chosen) Heights Arts Working Artist Member (starting at $35.00 per year)
To Apply:

1. Attach a sample of your work, with a minimum of 3 poems and no more than 5 pages of poetry in a single file.

2. Document your background and experience in the art form. If your work has been published, please tell us where, and / or where you have previously performed.

3. Describe how you have been involved in other community arts events, if applicable (but not required)

4. OPTIONAL: a You Tube or other electronic link to a video of you reading your work.