Plein Air Poetry

In association with the Art on the Trails exhibition, poets are be invited to walk the trails and write poetry in response to the art installed there. This program is coordinated by local poets Cynthia Franca and Maura Snell.

Poets are asked to consider submitting ekphrastic poetry, which is defined as a vivid description of a scene or, more commonly, a work of art. Through the imaginative act of narrating and reflecting on the “action” of a painting or sculpture, the poet may amplify and expand its meaning. Once example of ekphrastic poetry can be found in this blog post by juror Maura Snell.

Original, unpublished submissions will be accepted from June 7th to July 7th. Poets are encouraged to attend the Moving Celebration reception and art walk on Wednesday, June 7th from 6-8 pm and hear the artists introduce and discuss their work.

If you are unable to attend the opening reception, you are invited to visit Beals Preserve on your own and be inspired by the art installations. Trail maps and installation information will be available at the main entrance and the Red Gate Lane entrance of the Preserve.

All poetry will be considered for publication in our chap book which will include art and poetry selected by our jurors, published in early September.

All selected poets are invited to read their work at the closing reception on September 24th from 4-6 pm.