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Urban Spoken Word Collective, the third-Thursday slam and poetry reading at Genna's on the Capitol square, was named one of Madison's best ways to live it up on a budget. m.isthmus.com/article.php?article=40890
The poems from Bridge I, II, and III are now up on the Chazen website: chazen.wisc.edu/about/multimedia-center/publications.
2013-14 Bus Lines - Call For Poetry: Deadline: November 30
Submit in Verse: What's Your Madison? All Ages
Details at cityofmadison.com/metro/Poetry/index.cfm
Area residents, middle and high school students, transit riders & writers: Metro Transit and Madison's Poets Laureate invite you to send short poems, haiku, prose poems, or excerpts from longer poems, 3-5 lines total to the Bus Lines 2013-14 open call for poetry. The theme is "Write Your Madison." Help us see what you see and hear what you hear. Share your poetry stories about Madison with the thousands of daily passengers who share the bus with you every day for a year, as we cross the Isthmus making connections. This year we're accepting video poems too, to be featured on Metro's website and YouTube channel. Video poems do not have a line or time limitation, so be creative! Select poems will be chosen to appear on a variety of Metro materials, including bus flyers, transfer cards, Metro's website, and even on the exterior of the bus!
POETRY JUMPS OFF
A NEW CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS Poems sought that embody, reflect or otherwise acknowledge the phrase up to the cottage, as in “We’re going up to the cottage,” and whatever that concept invokes for you. It could be your own cottage, a friend’s cottage, the cabin you rent year after year, or a place you never actually visit except in your own mind. Please note: poems do NOT have to have the phrase "up to the cottage" in them.
Selected poems will be produced as bookmarks and postcards available to houseguests in Midwestern rental cottages to send to friends or read while there. Poems also sought that involve maple syrup (think French toast for breakfast) to be attached to jugs of maple syrup sold in stores and at farmers markets.
No limit on # of poems you wish to have audition, and previously published poems welcome with prior credits. Size guidelines – postcards: 25 lines with title, 3” wide maximum. Bookmarks: 34 lines with title and 2” wide max. Jugs: 12 lines with title, 2.5” wide. Keep in mind that the targeted readership is all generations of the mainstream public who are in vacation mode.
Selected contributors will receive copies of everyone’s poem along with photographs of participating cottages.
Send poems with your name,
home address and email address
on each page to:
Woodrow Hall Editions
Poetry Jumps Off the Shelf
PO Box 260026
Madison, WI 53726
No SASE required as unselected work will be recycled, not returned. Notification will be via e-mail. Shoshauna Shy welcomes your queries: email@example.com DEADLINE: January 31st 2014
HYBRID: Transported By Word & Image
Send poems or micro-fiction in response to the notion of HYBRID--connection, fusion, adaptation, and all the webs this word weaves in an ever-changing and increasingly complex world. Reinvent and take new roads through old territory. We’ll choose and pair 36 of the submissions with a photographic image, printed in an 11” x 14” format to be placed in Green Cab of Madison taxis (all Toyota Prius hybrids) from May to October 2014. Given the physical limitations of the project, 26 lines (poetry) and 360 words (micro-fiction) maximums are encouraged. A catalog of the full body of work will be available for sale, and cabs will be featuring the HYBIRD project on their LED cab-top lights. This is a unique opportunity to engage a diverse and mobile audience in the world of art, to offer a moment of quiet and reflection in an unlikely place.
Submssions due by February 1, place ‘HYBRID SUBMISSION’ in subject line and send to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Notification of acceptance by March 1.
Thomas Ferrella, photographer, co-curator ferrella.com
Sara Parrell, poet and writer, co-curator
TEACHERS ! LIBRARIANS ! LITERARY EVENT PLANNERS ! The Wisconsin Humanities Council based in Madison contributes
to the quality of life by awarding grants for public humanities
programs. Public humanities programs deepen our understanding
of life, culture and society through reflection and conversation
rooted in the study of history, literature and other branches of
the humanities. Our grants are offered to non-profits and ad hoc
committees for programs—and many of them happen to involve
poetry! Our grants are up to $10,000.00 in seven different cycles
throughout the year, and giving grants to small communities in
Wisconsin is one of our top priorities.
In the recent past, some of the programs we have helped to bring
to fruition include a poetry festival by The Friends of Lorine
Niedecker in Fort Atkinson, a workshop and reading featuring
Todd Boss at the McIntosh Memorial Library in Viroqua, and a
Native American reading series in Lac du Flambeau.
Learn more about how your own local community can be aided
and abetted in providing poetic programming to the general public
by checking out the WHC grant guidelines, and calling Shoshauna Shy
at (608) 262-0706 to get you started. You can also find a listing of
upcoming events statewide that we have helped with financial support
Awards & Publications
Winners of the Wisconsin People & Ideas 2013 Poetry Contest:
First place: “Before Dawn, the Crows” by Geoff Collins – Marshall
Second place: “Following Up” by William Quist – River Falls
Third place: “Reservation Math” by C.E. Perry – Madison
Winners receive cash awards of $500 (first place, the John Lehman Poetry Award), $100 (second place), and $50 (third place). The first-prize poet also receives a one-week residency at Shake Rag School for Arts and Crafts in Mineral Point and a three-hour CD recording/editing session at Abella Studios.
F.J. Bergmann has won the 2012 Rannu Fund Award for Speculative Poetry.
Jeanie Tomasko was the co-winner of the Right
Hand Pointing 2012 chapbook
Marilyn Annucci's chapbook, Waiting
Room, won the 2012 Sunken Garden Poetry Prize,
selected by Tony Hoagland (Hill-Stead Museum, 2012)
The Imaginary Baritone, by Richard Merelman, has been published by Fireweed Press.
Out of the Black Forest, by F.J. Bergmann, has been published by Centennial Press.