Poetry Walk

Poetry Walk

illustration of an open bookCall to Poets: Request for Proposals

Deadline: April 26, 2021 11:59pm

Apply Here

Do you want to apply for this exciting opportunity and have never (or rarely) filled out an application before? Do you have questions about what to write? We’d love to support you. Come to this free, open help session, to ask questions and get some assistance.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81422090512 – Monday April 19 from 4-6pm

April is both Poetry Month AND Earth Month. This project is the perfect combination of the two!


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$500 stipends will be provided to selected poets in return for their submission of original, unpublished poetry guided by the theme of The Intersection of Healing, Nature, and Revolution, and an audio recording of their submitted work.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


April 1: Call to Poets released

April 26, 11:59 PM: Deadline for Proposals

May 1: Selection of Poets (estimated)

June 1: Poetry and audio recording submission cut off

June 1-15: Poetry installed at Poetry Walk

June 17: Poetry Walk event launch


Complete submissions will include a statement of purpose, an artist bio and 3-5 writing samples to inform the artist selection process for the inaugural Poetry Walk at 311 North Avenue.  The selection process will be led by a team of community members.  Selected artists will be invited to submit a poem  around the theme The Intersection of Healing, Nature, and Revolution, and an audio recording of their submitted work.  The ownership of submitted poetry will remain with their respective authors.

Please note that for all submissions, you must include a mailing address, a short bio a statement of purpose and 3-5 writing samples. A submission lacking these items will be considered incomplete.

Statement of Purpose

Please share your life experiences as a writer or a poet/writer/artist. We would like to hear your experiences as a poet/writer/artist in Vermont and if you have experiences in other places please provide those as well.  Please also share how being included in this project would impact and benefit your creative work and what impact you think you can have on this project. Please share with us why. (up to 500 words)


A short artist bio that will be published with your work. (75-150 words)

Writing Samples

Please submit 3-5 samples of your most recent and/or favorite works that represent your writing style.

Only complete submissions will be considered.  Online submissions via this link are preferred.

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


Proposals will be reviewed and selected by a Poetry Review Committee, comprised of community members, poets artists and arts professionals representing the area’s multicultural communities and Burlington’s geographic neighborhoods.

Selection Criteria 

Ability of submission to address the thematic goals of the project (the intersection of nature, healing and revolution) which highlights Black and Indigenous experiences & stories. 60% 

The content of the artist bio, which should share the artist’s personal connection(s) to the project theme, as well as illustrate your experiences and histories that bring you to this project. What would your work bring to this project and how would this project support you as an artist? 30% 

Adherence to submission guidelines 10% 

  • Character count 
  • Completion of bio and all criteria 
  • How closely the submission aligns with the theme 


Vermont Artists over the age of 14 years old.

Previous poetry experience is not required.

Poetry Walk Selection Committee members are not eligible to submit works.

Poetry will not be accepted that incorporates hate speech, hate symbols or profanity.

Selected Poets will be required to sign an agreement with the City of Burlington as described in the full RFP: Request for Proposals – 311 Poetry Walk

If selected artist is younger than 18 years of age, a legal parent/guardian will be required to sign the agreement on behalf of the selected artist.