Poetry Walk: Call to Poets

Poetry Walk: Call to Poets

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Burlington Parks Recreation and Waterfront, in partnership with The Vermont Releaf Collective, The Fletcher Free Library and CEDO is calling for submissions about the theme The Intersection of Healing, Nature, and Revolution from Black and Indigenous perspectives. Poetry will be displayed at 311 North Avenue, which is a City Park. We are looking for writers and artists from Burlington and beyond for the inaugural Poetry Walk show. The goal of this project is to create space for poetry that celebrates Indigenous and Black perspectives. Submission guidelines are detailed below.

$500 stipends will be provided to selected poets in return for their submission of original, unpublished poetry guided by the theme of The Intersection of Healing, Nature, and Revolution, and an audio recording of their submitted work.

New and emerging poets are strongly encouraged to apply.



About the theme: The Intersection of Healing, Nature, and Revolution

Human connection to nature is a central aspect to the mission of both the Vermont Releaf Collective and Burlington Parks Recreation and Waterfront.  We believe in the healing and transformative power of Earth that is present when we convene, reflect and listen to her.  When our choices, actions, and thoughts reflect the beauty of the Earth back to her, the results are expansive, life giving and life affirming.  In many ways this fundamental aspect of our lives, our connection and place as a part of nature, is revolutionary.


This project will result in the installation of up to twelve poems at 311 North Avenue. Up to 12 poets may be selected. Poetry produced by selected poets will be installed by the City, at the poetry walk space and it will be on display until May/June of 2022.  Selected poets will also be asked to submit an audio recording of their poem being read.  Visitors to the Poetry walk will have the option of listening to this recording via a QR code that will be posted with the poetry.

If you have questions or need to make other arrangements for submission please contact Dan Cahill, dcahill@burlingtonvt.gov