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“FROM PANDEMIC TO PROTEST”
Due to 2020 spinning completely out of control, we decided to memorialize-in-print the great poetry that is being written about the issues that have occupied our minds and our hearts this year. We are looking for poetry about the COVID-19 Pandemic, Black Lives Matters Protests, Presidential Election, Fires, Hurricanes, Murder Hornets, and everything in-between. We welcome all voices and styles of poetry written in response to these issues, including how we cope and find hope. If hindsight really is 20/20, then let this issue serve as an important reminder of what truly happened…before history becomes altered or white-washed as it has so many times before.
Submissions Open: Oct 15 – Dec 15, 2020
This issue scheduled for release in Fall 2021.
THE POETRY BOX CHAPBOOK PRIZE – 2021
It’s time for the fourth annual Poetry Box Chapbook Prize.
Submission Period: Feb 1 – 28, 2021
$500 and 10 copies of their published chapbook PLUS distribution of their winning chapbook to ALL contest entrants.
$100 and 5 copies of their published chapbook.
$50 and 5 copies of their published chapbook.
This year’s judge will be Annie Lighthart.
The contest is open to poets residing within the United States and the winner will be announced in July.
Entry fee is $25 and all entrants receive a free physical copy of the winning chapbook mailed to them.
All guidelines and details on how to enter can be found at:
1st Prize: The Day of My First Driving Lesson by Tiel Aisha Ansari (Oregon)
2nd Prize: My Mother Never Died Before by Marcia Loughran (New York)
3rd Prize: Off Coldwater Canyon by C.W. Emerson (California)
1st Prize: Moroccan Holiday by Lauren Tivey (Florida)
2nd Prize: Hello, Darling by Christine Higgins (Maryland)
3rd Prize: Falling into the River by Debbie Hall (California)
1st Prize: Shrinking Bones by Judy K. Mosher (New Mexico)
2nd Prize: November Quilt by Penelope Scambly Schott (Oregon)
3rd Prize: 14: Antologia del Rio Grande by Christopher Bogart (New Jersey)
(tie) Fireweed by Gudrun Bortman (California)
Questions? Email [email protected]
PLEASE NOTE ALL SUBMISSIONS VIA SUBMITTABLE ONLY.
This year the Mid-Valley Poetry Society’s spring Poetry in Performance program will be a Zoom event, held Sunday, April 25, from 2 to 4 p.m. It will focus on the theme “Healing Fractures” and will feature presentations by Salem painter and writer Cynthia Herron and singer-songwriter Kristen Grainger of the folk-bluegrass group True North.
In anticipation of this program, the MVPS is inviting poets to write poems in response to a visual work, “Low Field with Mended Oak Leaf,” by Cynthia Herron and/or a song, “The Ghost of Abuelito,” by Kristen Grainger. (Abuelito is Spanish for grandpa or granddad – an affectionate variant of abuelo/grandfather.) Then attend the April 25th event and perform the poems during the open mic segment of the program.
Three images of Herron’s work are attached – one showing the entire painting and two showing details of different areas. What the images on a flat screen can’t show: It’s 24” W x 20” H and nearly two inches thick; the niche in the center is six inches square and about an inch and a half deep.
To hear Grainger’s song in a performance with the True North band, enter https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=awdcRGNcOzA in your web browser.
These two works, the visual piece and the song, inspired the idea of a Poetry in Performance program on the theme of “Healing Fractures.” We hope that one or both will inspire you to write a poem in response and that you will share the poem(s) during the open mic segment of the April 25th program.
Please share this call with other poets you know. More information on the entire program will follow soon.