I am looking forward to my first full Poetry Month as Cincinnati Poet Laureate. That’s April, by the way! I am writing now to invite you to prepare for the month with me in two ways:
1. I am asking for your input into a composite poem. The Cincinnati Public Library’s Poetry in the Garden Series (Tuesday evenings in April) has asked me to speak at their opening reading on April 4, but I’d rather make a poem than a speech, so I am again inviting poets to send me a poetic line or two, this time on the state of literary arts in Cincinnati which I will weave together into a poem carrying our varied perspectives. (See an example of a past composite poem here: Cincinnati: The State of Us, 2016
Please send your line on the state of literary arts in Cincinnati to Poet.Laureate@cincinnati-oh.gov by March 15, 2017. Please include the words “poetic line” in the subject of the email.
2. During the month of April, I will post a poem a day by Cincinnati area poets on my blog and share it to the Poet Laureate Facebook page. These can be previously published poems (including a link to any online publication) or unpublished poems.
Please send a poem for consideration to Poet.Laureate@cincinnati-oh.gov by March 15, 2017.
I will accept as many of these as the days of the month will allow, and hope to invite a few poets to read their poems with me at a Poetry Month Reading during the latter part of April. (More on this later.)
Submission guidelines for the Poetry Month Poems:
1. One poem in a text document attachment. (Not a PDF or photo of the poem, and not just the poem in the email or you will lose your formatting and make me cranky.)
2. Your name, email address and neighborhood/community within the body of the document. (Not just in the email; see cranky, above.)
3. Please include the words “Poetry Month Poem” in the subject of the email.
4. If the poem has been published online you may also include a link to the poem online (for example, a link to the poem on your blog or an online journal) in the text document.
5. If the poem is previously published, put any credits you want me to share underneath the poem
Possibly Asked Questions (PAQs)
1. If you think you live in the Cincinnati area, you probably do.
2. If you used to live in the Cincinnati area, and the poem is somehow related to the region, I’m good with that.
3. If your poem is unpublished, be aware that many journals will consider the poems I have posted as previously published, and thus won’t consider that poem for publication.
4. I will be conscious of a general audience for these poems—age, sensitivity to language and content, etc., and so please take this into consideration as you submit.
5. I won’t print your email address, and if you don’t want your full name printed, please say so in the body of the text document (Not just in the email.)
6. Yes, send me one poem only, please.
7. I will reply to all, but won’t be able to give feedback on poems, chosen or not.
8. Feel free to share this announcement with other Cincinnati area poets.
But wait, there’s more!
While I have you, a quick reminder to post all your literary events, Poetry Month or otherwise, on the Poet Laureate of Cincinnati Facebook Events Page. If you are not yet a member of the group just ask (on the page) to be added. If you are not on Facebook, you can ask a friend to post it for you.
And that April 4 Poetry in the Garden reading at the Public Library will feature winners of their annual poetry contest. February 28 is the deadline for online submissions to this contest (which is unrelated to my two invitations above!)
I’m looking forward to reading your words.