2013 Public Invitation for a Poem in Place
Totem Bight State Historical Park,Ketchikan
Chena River State Recreation Area, Fairbanks.
What might happen
when a poem honors an Alaskan river, forest, or tidal cove? The poem could invite all who pass by to stop and see the place,
and themselves, in new ways. Poems in Place will
offer us the chance to pause in the landscape, enter the realm of the poem, and hear the place speak.
From 2012- 2015, two poems a year will be posted at resonant places on permanent signs in six
Alaskan State Park regions: Mat-Su/ Copper River Basin, Kenai/Prince William Sound, Northern/Interior, Southeast, Southwest,
Please join us in
a unique collaboration among community, a particular Alaskan place and poetry. We
are seeking poems that find kinship with place. We encourage poetry submissions to interpret place broadly, as natural, cultural
or spiritual space. Help us create synergy between a poem and a place.
Examples of two existing projects that inspire us: William Stafford’s Methow River poems and the first Poem in Place: Kim Cornwall’s What Whales and Infants Know, at Beluga Point, Chugach State Park and here.
Our first public 2013 invitation
seeks to place one poem in Totem Bight State Historical Park, Ketchikan,
one in Chena River State Recreation Area, Fairbanks.
Alaskan residents are invited to submit up to
3 poems in total. The poems should be either
- Original work, a poem written previously or written
in response to this invitation or/
- A nominated poem: the
work of an Alaskan poet, either living or no longer living.
Selection Process and Timeline: 2013
January 15 –March 15 Accepting
March 15 Deadline for submissions.
2013: Poems in Place panel selects 2 winning poems
31 Winning poems announced
June to August 15 – Sign construction completed.
August 15-Sept 15 Park
sign dedications on site and Poems in Place Writing Workshops held in Fairbanks & Ketchikan.
An honorarium of $150 will be paid to the winning poet for each selected Poem in Place
Click here for contest rules and entry form.
Poems in Place is a collaboration among Alaska Center for the Book, Alaska State Parks, a steering committee of poets and writers,
and residents of Alaska. The project is supported by Alaska State Council on the Arts, the Alaska Humanities Forum, the Usibelli
Foundation, the Alaska Poetry League, Alaska Center for the Book, and numerous generous individuals. Click for more information.