Call For Poetry

Come join us for a walk through Beals Preserve, where over a dozen local artists have been selected to display their work with the theme Unexpected Gestures. Experience the art and then respond to it in a poem. The top 25 poems submitted will be published in the second edition of Art on The Trails, due out in September 2018.

How it works:

  • Visit Beals Preserve, see the installations, and be inspired by their work.
  • Free guided walks will be offered through the month of July.  Find a date to join a walk.
  • Write ekphrastic poetry, which is written specifically about or inspired by the installations in this exhibition.
  • Poetry Submissions will be accepted from June 13, 2018 through July 31st, 2018.

The top 25 poems will be sent to our final judge, Didi Jackson.

Poet Didi Jackson

About Didi Jackson

Didi Jackson‘s debut collection of poems, Killing Jar, is forthcoming from Red Hen Press in 2020. Her poems have appeared most recently in The New Yorker, New England Review, and Ploughshares, among other publications. She teaches Creative Writing, Poetry and the Visual Arts, and 20th Century Poetry of War and Witness at the University of Vermont and serves as the associate poetry editor for Green Mountains Review

Ms. Jackson will select the top poem from this group and the WINNER will receive a $100 prize, publication in the 2018 Art on the Trails collection, special mention in the book, and on the art on the trails website.


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