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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 (when possible), 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.

Deadlines and Dates:
Applications will be received from now until October 15, 2021.
All events are on a Thursday evening starting at 7:00 and poets must arrive by 6:30. Ekphrastacy dates are below*:
February 17, 2022 – Rust
April 21, 2022 – Figurative/Abstract
July 21, 2022 – Creative Canvas 
September 22, 2022 – Group Exhibition TBA
*Please note that due to the Pandemic, Ekphrastacy may be held virtually & dates are tentative.
To participate, Poets must:
  • be available and agree to attend the corresponding opening (potentially online due to the Pandemic) 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 if possible.
  • 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 BUT ENCOURAGED: a You Tube or other electronic link to a video of you reading your work. This program involves performance before an audience. Willingness to read publicly is a must. We will provide coaching throughout the process of participating in Ekphrasctacy.

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