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regional (Quad Cities IA/IL) poetry project: Visible Cities

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    The Visible Cities Poetry Project: Call for Submissions http://www.midwestwritingcenter.org/Resources/Entries.htm THE VISIBLE CITIES is a poetry project
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 5, 2009
      The Visible Cities Poetry Project: Call for Submissions


      THE VISIBLE CITIES is a poetry project developed by Ryan Collins, and sponsored by Quad City Arts, to coincide with a poetry residency he will have in the Quad City area October 19-22, 2009.  The theme for this residency is: Looking at Place and Identity through Poetry: how do we shape the places around us, and how do those places shape us? 


      As part of his residency, Mr. Collins will be moderating a blog, called THE VISIBLE CITIES (www.visibleqc.blogspot.com), where he will post his own original content, links to poetry resources and information about local/regional arts and culture.  Additionally, he will be posting poems submitted by local poets that best engage the theme as articulated in the submission guidelines.


      Everyone who submits to THE VISIBLE CITES will receive a brief response to their work from Mr. Collins.  The poets who most successfully engage the prompt will have their work posted on the blog.  These poets will also have a biographical note posted with their poem(s), and will be invited to read their work at a public reading hosted by Mr. Collins on Thursday evening, October 22 at (location TBD). 


      Please read the prompt and follow the guidelines below to submit your work and be considered to read at THE VISIBLE CITIES community-wide poetry event:




      The idea for THE VISIBLE CITIES is a take o
      n the book Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino, in which the many cities of the Tartar Empire are described to emperor Kublai Khan by the explorer Marco Polo in the most spectacular detail.  The chapters are arranged by the different modes by which these cities are described: Cities & Memory; Cities & Desire; Cities & Signs; Thin Cities; Trading Cities; Cities & Eyes; Cities & Names; Cities & the Dead; Cities & the Sky; Continuous Cities; Hidden Cities.  For this project, please select one of these ways of looking at (or thinking of) the Quad Cities and its surrounding areas, your hometown or any other place that you feel has made an impact on your identity, and write a poem (or poems) from that perspective.




      -There is NO FEE for submitting to THE VISIBLE CITIES

      -Please submit up to 3 original, unpublished poems (no more than 3 pages, please)

      -Poets must reside in the following counties in Illinois and Iowa: Henry, Mercer and Rock Island (in IL) and Clinton, Muscatine and Scott (in IA) 

      -Submission period: August 1, 2009 to October 1, 2009; submissions received outside the submission period will be deleted without being opened

      -There will be two categories of submissions: Youth (18 & under) and Adult (18 & over)

      -Electronic submissions ONLY

      -Email poems as either a single .doc or .rtf attachments

      -In the subject line of the email, please include first and last name, date and the word “Submission” (ex. “John Sm
      ith, August 1, Submission”)

      -In the body of the email, please include the following information: Name, Address, Phone #, Email Address, Age, County of Residence and a brief note on your submission and how it relates to the prompt; you may also include a biographical note

      -Responses to submitted poems will be sent via email; those poets whose work is selected to be published on the website will be notified on a rolling basis by email or phone throughout the submission period

      -All selections for THE VISIBLE CITIES will be made by Ryan Collins


      * Please e mail your submissions by October 1, 2009 to <rcollins(at)midwestwritingcenter.org> (replace (at) with @)


       This project is made possible by the generous support of the Scott Community Regional Authority, the Midwest Writing Center and Quad City Arts


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