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Statue of Liberty

In America

Poets Creating Conversation

February 26, March 26 & April 30
Berkshire Museum, 39 South Street, Pittsfield
[Free]

Information for Poets Interested in Participating

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We invite poets to join us for a series of three events focusing on important themes/issues in our current national discourse. We encourage you to find your own way in. You may choose to participate in one or more of the challenges. Calls to action follow below.


Education In America

Poets Creating Conversation

February 26, 7P

Berkshire Museum, 39 South Street, Pittsfield

Everybody's got something to say. Public education, home school, k-12, college or the lessons that life has dropped on you. In the classroom, out of the classroom, or in the "real" world. Put it in a poem or a rap. The good, the bad or the ugly. Cautionary tales or inspirational stories. By sharing personal stories, observations, moments of inspiration, and hope, we look to create a broad poetic tapestry with a goal that the resulting “conversation” between creative voices will make us stronger and help us find a way forward. You're the poet and it's your truth. Dive in.

The fine print - no personal attacks (if you need to address an individual or specific institution in your work, anonymize it).Poetry, unaccompanied rap or short story - 4 minutes or less. Collaborations (multi-voice pieces) are welcome (encouraged!).

[Register for a spot / Space is limited]


Gender in America

Poets Creating Conversation

March 26, 7P

Berkshire Museum, 39 South Street, Pittsfield

Slice it and dice it anyway you like. Whether you're talking about identity; equity and parity; privilege or pronouns; harassment or assault; cis, trans or non - we all live in, around or beside gender. By sharing personal stories, observations, moments of inspiration, and hope, we look to create a broad poetic tapestry with a goal that the resulting “conversation” between creative voices will make us stronger and help us find a way forward. You're the poet and it's your truth. Dive in.

The fine print - no personal attacks (if you need to address an individual or specific institution in your work, anonymize it). Poetry, unaccompanied rap or short story - 4 minutes or less. Collaborations (multi-voice pieces) are welcome (encouraged!).

[Register for a spot / Space is limited]


Race in America

Poets Creating Conversation

April 30, 7P

Berkshire Museum, 39 South Street, Pittsfield

The challenge is to use our art to explore and share personal journeys around race and xenophobia - issues that are inexorably wrapped around the history of America and reflected in much of the current discourse. By sharing personal stories, observations, moments of inspiration, and hope, we look to create a broad poetic tapestry with a goal that the resulting “conversation” between creative voices will make us stronger and help us find a way forward. Bear witness, challenge, purge your soul, or celebrate a small victory.

The fine print - no personal attacks (if you need to address an individual or specific institution in your work, anonymize it). Poetry, unaccompanied rap or short story - 4 minutes or less. Collaborations (multi-voice pieces) are welcome (encouraged!).

[Register for a spot / Space is limited]