The Northampton Arts Council works to support and nurture the arts in the city of Northampton. The Council awards grants twice each year to artists and arts groups from both state and locally-raised funds, and seeks to improve public awareness of the arts. Its' goals include maintaining and preserving the rich and diverse cultural heritage of Northampton, programming such annual events of interest to the community as First Night Northampton and Transperformance.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Call for Poetry: MOTION/EMOTION


Northampton Arts Council Announces a Call for Poetry 

"The aim of every artist is to arrest motion, which is life, by artificial means and hold it fixed so that 100 years later, when a stranger looks at it, it moves again since it is life."

-William Faulkner

Western Massachusetts Poets are invited to submit poems that resonate with the theme Motion/ Emotion. Artwork inspired by the same theme will hang at the Northampton Arts Council's Biennial Exhibition during October in the Hosmer Gallery at Forbes Library.

The deadline for submission is Monday, October 12. The Arts Council will announce a list of accepted poets on October 19. A jury composed of Northampton’s Poet Laureate Patrick Donnelly, Perugia Press publisher Susan Kan and poet Chris Gonzalez will make selections. Accepted poems will be posted on the Arts Council's website ( Selected poets will be invited to present their work in the Coolidge Room adjacent to the Hosmer Gallery at a reading hosted by the Arts Council the evening of Monday, October 26.

· Poets may submit up to 3 poems.

· Previously published poems are permissible.

· Submit poems as a pdf attachment to an e-mail addressed to: with Biennial Poetry in subject line.

· Judging will be blind. Include your name, address, e-mail address and phone contact in the body of the e-mail but not on your poems.

· Poems may be submitted up until midnight on the October 12 deadline.

· Questions? E-mail:

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