CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Poets Look at Paintings

Call for Submissions: Poets Look at Paintings
Submission Deadline: September 21, 2015
Event Date: November 18, 2015

This November, the Poetry Center of Chicago will host a revival of Poets Look at Paintings, its first-ever live event which occurred in the Museum of Contemporary Art in 1974.

This event will revive the original concept: based in ekphrasis, poets perform original poems rooted in visual art in some way, whether that be in response to a piece, in narration, in action, in reflection, etc.

We are opening a call for submissions to create our line-up of poets for this event.


In a doc, docx, or PDF file attachment, send up to three, theme-appropriate poems rooted in visual art, to with the subject line “Poets Look at Paintings.” Title your attachment “LAST NAME_PLAP”

Previously published work is acceptable for submission. It is helpful, also, to note the work of art your poem has been influenced by.

Please do not send work in the body of an email. In submitting you are verifying that you are also available to read your work on the evening of November 18, which begins at 6pm at the Chicago Cultural Center.



“Writing poetry makes me feel like I can see myself, like I can see my reflection, but not in a mirror, in the world. I write and I know I can be reflected.”
-Oscar S.

“Writing poetry makes me feel free.”
-Buenda D.

“Writing poetry is like your best friend.”
-Jessica M.