Your Poem on a Poster
Poetry in Plain Sight is a new program created to bring poetry – perhaps your poetry – to downtown Winston-Salem, on the street and perhaps in your office. Four poems will be chosen each month and displayed on posters in sixteen shop windows throughout Winston-Salem’s Arts and Entertainment District.
The aim is to bring poetry to a wider audience, and to support North Carolina poets. The program is a collaborative effort among Winston-Salem Writers, Press 53, and Barnhill’s Books. It is supported by the Downtown Arts District Association of Winston-Salem and monthly sponsors include Delta Arts Center, Forsyth County Public Library, The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County, and The North Carolina Governors’ School Foundation.
The January 2013 poems included “Venus”, pictured right, by the late Rodney Holman. Poetry in Plain Sight extends the Word Up! Program that Rodney created for Winston-Salem Transit Authority buses; he was a Board Director of Winston-Salem Writers and one of this program’s prime movers. Rodney was instrumental in arts and education organizations throughout North Carolina.
Come to 4 Poems & A Party…
… at Barnhill’s Books, 411 Burke St, on the first Saturday of each month, 1.00 pm and see Poetry in Plain Sight in action. The selected poets will read their work, and attendees will receive a map of the poster locations. Light refreshments available.
Here’s how to enter your poem:
• You must be a resident of North Carolina. You can submit one poem per month for consideration. Only one poem per author per year can be selected.
• Attach your poem (in a black 12-point standard font) as a Word Document or PDF to an email addressed to email@example.com. Your poem can be no more than 20 lines and no line should be longer than 3.5 to 4 inches (or 50-60 characters – including spaces) to best fit poster layout. Your submission can be an excerpt from a longer poem. Please use your poem title as the file name.
• Include your name, mailing address, e-mail address, and phone number in the email, as well as the title of the poem. If the poem appears in a published book, the book title should also be included.
• Poems that are overtly political or religious in nature, or poems that are not appropriate for all ages, will not be considered for this program.
• Four poems will be chosen each month by Sam Barbee of Winston-Salem Writers and Kevin Watson of Press 53. Authors will be contacted only if their poem has been selected for the program. The program is not asking for exclusive rights; therefore, the author is free to submit the poem elsewhere for consideration during and after submission and/or selection. By submitting, the author agrees to grant Winston-Salem Writers one-time publication rights for its Poetry in Plain Sight program. The copyright of individual poems remains with the author.
Here’s how to get your logo onto the posters:
For a small fee, you can sponsor Poetry in Plain Sight for one month; your logo will be displayed on all 16 posters that month. (Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.)
Here’s how to get the posters displayed in your office:
Organizations who wish to participate in the Poetry in Plain Sight program by posting poems inside their offices or buildings should contact email@example.com for more information.