Submission for the 2017 Collins Poetry Residency Open January 1, 2017

The Midwest Writing Center is currently seeking applications to be the Fall 2017 Collins Poet-in-Residence. The Collins Poetry Residency is established in honor of the Richard Collins family and their contributions to and encouragement of poets and poetry in the Iowa/Illinois Quad Cities and the Upper Mississippi River Valley.

The residency supports community-based poetry and a regional poet who has not yet published a full-length poetry collection and who resides in the six-county Quad City area (Rock Island, Henry, Mercer in Illinois; Scott, Clinton, and Muscatine in Iowa). The residency is coordinated by the Midwest Writing Center and will take place between September-November 2017. Applications are being accepted January 1, 2017 through April 1, 2017.

The application requirements for the 2017 Collins Poet-in-Residence are as follows:

  1. Cover page, including your name, address, preferred email and phone number.
  2. Introduction/Bio: Introduce yourself and tell us about your experiences as a reader and writer of poetry, and anything you think might be relevant to your poetical experience, be it work, education, travel, publication; no more than one (1) page.
  3. Writing sample: five (5) of your strongest, most representative poems. No more than one (1) poem to a page, no more than 10 pages total.
  4. Residency Proposal: What are your goals for the residency? How do you plan to promote poetry (your work and the work of others) during the residency? How would you like to help grow the poetic community in the Quad Cities and surrounding areas? Limit proposal to 2 pages, double-spaced.
  5. Your availability for September-November 2017, with as much detail as possible. Resident must participate in/host at least 2 readings (at least 1 in Illinois, 1 in Iowa), visit at least 2 schools (at least 1 in Illinois, 1 in Iowa), conduct at least one poetry workshop, edit/curate a poetry blog during the residency at communitybasedpoetry.blogspot.com, and launch a limited-edition broadside of a single poem, to be published by MWC Press.

In addition to the limited-edition broadside, the Collins Poet-In-Residence will also receive a stipend of $250 and travel reimbursement up to $100.

To apply via mail—Drop off or send 3 copies of all application materials (double-sided photo copies OK) to:

Collins Poetry Residency Application
Midwest Writing Center
c/o RIPL
401 19th St.
Rock Island, IL 61201

Include SASE for notification.  Manuscripts will be recycled at the conclusion of the residency; please save a copy for your records.

To apply via email—Send application in a single file attachment to mwc@midwestwritingcenter.org (accepted formats: .doc, .docx, .pdf, .otd, .rtf).  The subject line should read as follows: “Application for 2017 Collins Poetry Residency”

Please contact Ryan Collins at the MWC if you have any questions about the application process.

The Collins Poetry Residency is generously sponsored by Dr. Robin Throne.

###

Holly Norton named Collins Poet-in-Residence for fall 2015 at Midwest Writing Center

Poet, artist, and Davenport resident Holly Norton will serve in residence for Sept.-Nov. 2015

Holly Norton
Holly Norton

Holly Norton of Davenport, IA will serve as the resident poet at MWC throughout the fall of 2015 and will facilitate a series of events including a featured reading, area poetry workshops and school visits, hosting a community poetry reading, and curating an online poetry journal. Through the residency, Norton will encourage community-based poets who are developing their craft outside of a formal academic setting, and to provide a forum to showcase their work through the residency’s online poetry journal and a public reading of their poems.

Norton’s focus for her residency will center on the intersections of art, music, and poetry, and how these different mediums can inform and inspire each other. Many of her programs and events will address and encourage these intersections throughout the fall. MWC will also be publishing a limited-edition letterpress broadside of one of Norton’s poems, which will be available for purchase at her residency’s concluding event during the SPECTRA Reading Series event on Thursday, November 19th at Rozz-Tox in Rock Island, IL.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS – Community Poetry Blog 2015

Because Holly Norton is so terrific, she has come up with not one but TWO prompts for writers to try their hands at this fall.

Complete submission guidelines are below. Submissions accepted through November 1st. 

All blog contributors are invited to read their contributions at the Midwest Writing Center Saturday, November 14th from 1-3pm, Bucktown Center for the Arts (225 E. 2nd St., Davenport, IA 52801), 3rd Floor Conference Room.

If you have any questions about the prompts, the blog, and events related to the residency, please email Holly Norton or Ryan Collins at mwc@midwestwritingcenter.org. Thanks!

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES – COMMUNITY POETRY BLOG 2015

Option One:

To juxtapose is to place something side-by-side and highlight the contrast. Life is constant juxtaposition; we are often looking into ourselves, as well as our world, and comparing and contrasting everything—we’re mad about analysis! So, I want you to take two concepts and put them side-by-side in a contrasting way. Juxtapose anything or anyone. Dig into the detail too—micromanage this contrast to the smallest possible degree.

A few examples: write about a sad subject in a joyous way or vice versa. Write about contrasting lives. Perhaps your juxtaposition is highlighting how two women experience the era of the 1960’s in vastly different ways. When a dog pees on a tree, the tree is not necessarily getting the same relief as the dog—there’s a great contrast. Anything goes! You get the drift!

Option Two:

Art inspires! Whether it’s a photograph inspiring a painting or poetry inspiring a song—art will always generate art.

Write a poem inspired by visual or musical art. It can be any art form other than writing. Send a link to the inspirational art. For example, if you were inspired by a song send a YouTube link and I’ll post it with your accepted piece. The joyous part is that I don’t need to “get it” and it’s not up to me to decide what art has inspired your poem. So, if your poem is about California Redwoods and you link it with a YouTube scene from Conan the Barbarian, so be it!

Submission Requirements:

-No previously published work, please.

-You may submit three poems, up to four pages total length.

-Please submit all poems/etc. in a single file attachments (.doc, .docx, or .rtf only!).

-Please write your submissions using a standard font (a la Times New Roman) or other legible fonts.

-Since this is published on a specifically formatted blog, I’m unfortunately restricted in accommodating experimentation with format/font. Thanks!

One last thing: enjoy yourself and make this a passionate endeavor. Step outside your inhibitions and write a piece that will challenge you personally. Be absurd or be serious, but always passionate. Have fun and good luck!

############

 

About the Collins Poetry Residency

The Collins Poetry Residency is established in honor of the Richard Collins family and their contributions to and encouragement of poets and poetry in the Iowa/Illinois Quad Cities and the Upper Mississippi River Valley. The residency supports community-based poetry and a regional poet who has not yet published a full-length poetry collection and who resides in the six-county Quad City area (Rock Island, Henry, Mercer in Illinois; Scott, Clinton, and Muscatine in Iowa). The residency is coordinated by Midwest Writing Center and will take place over the fall of 2015.

The biannual Collins Poetry Residency is sponsored by 918studio of LeClaire, IA.

Bio for Holly Norton:

Holly Norton is a visual artist, creative writer, and poet. Her impetuous youth, coupled with traveling, reflect in her writing as a microscopic observation of humanity and its tendency to allow the small to influence and destroy. Her evaluation of minutia is a commentary on the unavoidable encumbrance to our human condition while giving high praise to the inane. Norton’s writing is a labyrinth of image, confession, and confrontation that often remains joyous in bleak landscapes. She lives by the Mississippi River in the Quad Cities with her three children and her head in the clouds.

######

About Aubrey Jane Ryan, 2013 Collins Poet-in-Residence

Aubrey Ryan’s poems have appeared in Best New Poets, Anti-, Phantom Limb, Quarterly West, Squat Birth Journal, DIAGRAM, Cellpoems, Pebble Lake Review, and elsewhere. She is the winner of a Tupelo Press Poetry Project award, and the 2012 Booth Poetry Award. Aubrey is poetry editor at Sundog Lit and runs a (very) fledgeling broadside press. She lives in Iowa with her sweet husband and sweet kid.

Buy Alexander Iaccarino’s Broadside of 2013 Poet-in-Residence Aubrey Jane Ryan’s Poem “Things To Be Done At The End Of The World” – Use PayPal button below.

Limited Edition of 50 | Screen-printed on gray 110lb. vellum paper

Broadside by Aubrey Jane Ryan, 2013 Poet-in-Residence
Broadside by Aubrey Jane Ryan, 2013 Poet-in-Residence

 

Number of Broadsides