Call For Poetry

The call for poetry for 2024 will open on June 16 and will be open until July 31. We invite poets to join us for a walk through Beals Preserve, where you will find art installations from local and regional artists. Experience the art and then respond to it in a poem. The top 32 poems submitted (two for each art work) will be published in the seventh edition of Art on The Trails, due out in September 2024. Selected poets will receive a free copy of the chapbook.

How it works:

  • Visit Beals Preserve, see the installations, and be inspired by their work. A guide to the art will be posted and available here after installation.
  • If you can not visit the Preserve, you can also view videos by the artists our our YouTube channel (
  • Free guided walks will be offered through the month of July.  
  • Write ekphrastic poetry, which is written specifically about or inspired by the installations in this exhibition.
  • Poetry Submissions will be accepted from June through July, 2024

The top 32 poems will be sent to our final judge. Our judge will choose a first prize winner who will receive a $100 prize.

This year’s judge will be announced soon.