Of Note: Join the Bostonian Society and nomadic arts incubator Brown Art Ink for a workshop on raising your voice for local issues. Boston has a deep and unique history of public oration as a means of protest and activism. The upcoming workshops come at the 250th anniversary of the Boston Massacre and the death of Crispus Attucks in 1770. These orations gave voice to the hopes and fears of early Americans in the wake of violence, and their annual resurgence helped galvanize public sentiment at the dawn of the Revolution. In public speeches more than 80 years later, anti-slavery leaders once again invoked the story of Crispus Attucks, the first man to fall at the Massacre, to stir the spirit of freedom against the institution of slavery. Using this history as our starting point, staff of Brown Art Ink will lead participants in an interactive exercise to bring the tradition of orations into the present day. These sessions will be free to the public. The first will take place from 3PM to 4:30PM on December 14, 2019 at the Boston Public Library’s Commonwealth Salon, facilitated by staff from Brown Art Ink. Participation in the public workshops is free, but registration is required. Learn more.
Call for Poems In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Kent State University’s May 4 shootings, the Wick Poetry Center is accepting poems that resonate with the themes of peace, conflict transformation, and student advocacy. Naomi Shihab Nye will select one winner from each category (K-12, adult student, adult non-student) to receive $500 and a possibility to read their poem at Kent State during the May 4, 2020 Music and Poetry Event on April 21, 2020. Learn more.
Deadline: December 15, 2019
Poets Entries are currently being accepted for the Center for Book Arts’ Letterpress Poetry Chapbook Competition. The winner will receive $500 and a letterpress publication by the Center for Book Arts. The winner will also receive an additional $500 to give a reading with the contest judge at the Center for Book Arts in New York City in fall 2020, and a week-long residency at the Winter Shakers program at the Millay Colony for the Arts in Austerlitz, New York. Learn more.
Deadline: December 15, 2019
Call to Photographers The Arlington Center for the Arts is currently accepting entries for their upcoming photography exhibition Nurture/Nature. This exhibition seeks photographs which investigate how human and natural evolution may influence each other and as well as the human responsibility to others, the future, and nature itself. The juror is Laura McPhee, Photographer & MassArt Professor. Learn more.
Deadline: December 16, 2019
Poets Entries are currently being accepted for the Poetry Society of America’s Robert H. Winner Memorial Award. The winner will receive $2,500 as well as publication of a poem on the Poetry Society of America website. The award is given annually to a poet over 40 who has published no more than one book. To apply, submit two copies of 10 pages of poetry. Learn more.
Deadline: December 23, 2019
Call to Sculptors ArtsWorcester announces a call for sculpture for Gravity/Levity: A Juried Members’ Exhibition. ArtsWorcester invites submissions of sculpture that interact with ideas of weight and/or weightlessness, both conceptually and materially. Sculpture in any media is eligible for consideration. Lisa Crossman, PhD, Curator at the Fitchburg Art Museum, will serve as juror. Five hundred dollars in prizes will also be awarded, and winners will be announced at the opening. Learn more.
Deadline: January 9, 2020
Writers, Poets Sunspot Literary Journal seeks to amplify multinational voices. Published five times a year in digital and print editions, Sunspot accepts fiction, poetry, nonfiction, scripts and screenplays, including long-form pieces up to 49,000 words, and translations. Photography, illustrations and art are also accepted. Learn more.
Image credit: American writer James Baldwin poses in front of his typewriter in his house, March 15, 1983, in Saint Paul de Vence, France.