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Jan 5,2017 - Jan 27,2017    Time: 10:00 am - 11:45 pm

Call for Poetry Submissions 2017 Nashville Poetry in Motion Poetry in Motion to Act, Resist, and Change for Harmony (MARCH) Overview: As part of the 2017 Nashville Poetry in Motion, eight youth writers will have their poetry featured on MTA buses beginning in April. Submissions by high school and middle school writers will be welcomed in January with a final submission deadline of Friday, January 27. From this pool of submissions, eight finalists will be selected and will have their poems featured on MTA buses. Poems are limited to 60 words and 10 lines maximum. Theme: Inspired by John Lewis’s graphic novel MARCH: Book One, the 2017 Nashville Reads Selection, submitted poems should speak to the theme: Poetry in Motion to Act, Resist, and Change for Harmony (MARCH). We encourage teachers to have their students read the book, or at the least provide the book for interested writers. Ask your school librarian for access to copies or click the link that follows for the Nashville Public Library’s catalog link: If you are not able to access the book, here are some quotes from the series to prompt writing: “The hardest part to learn—To truly Understand, deep in your heart—was to find LOVE for your attacker ‘Do NOT let them shake your faith in Nonviolence-- LOVE them!’”, March Book 1 by Lewis, Aydin, and Powell “It’s difficult to understand the plight of the oppressed people. Ours is a way OUT—Creative, Moral, and Non-violent. It is NOT tied to Black Supremacy or Communism, But the plight of the oppressed. It can save a soul.”, March Book 2 by Lewis, Aydin, and Powell “Don’t come to Mississippi this summer to save the Mississippi negro. ONLY come if you understand–REALLY understand—that HIS freedom and YOURS are truly ONE.”, March Book 3 by Lewis, Aydin, and Powell To Submit: Submit your entries on-line at Poems are limited to 60 words and 10 lines maximum. Deadline: 11:45pm on Friday, January 27 Eligibility: The Poetry in Motion Contest is open to any middle and high school age youth. Each entrant may submit one poem of no more than 60 words and 10 lines in any style except concrete (shape poems) or black out poems (marker covering another author's text to create a poem). The content of the poem should be the original, individual work of the entrant and needs to be appropriate for a general audience. Entrants must complete the entry form in its entirety and may submit no more than one poem. Employees and agents of Metro Nashville Government and their immediate families are ineligible and may not enter. All minors below the age of 18 who have their poem selected will need a parental release signed prior to publication. Copyrights: The author retains all copyrights to the submitted poem. By entering the contest, you consent to the publication and usage of your poem by the Metro Nashville Arts Commission and the program partners. Notification and Acknowledgement: Selections will be announced in March. MNAC and its partners may include poems in other print and on-line materials as part of the program roll-out. Selected writers will receive a $100 honorarium for participation in the program and may be asked to appear at an acknowledgement event. Privacy Policy: The Metro Nashville Arts Commission and Southern Word collect personal information for the purpose of program communications and acknowledgments. The Metro Nashville Arts Commission does not lease, sell, or share personal information collected. Fees: There are no entry fees.


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Event Fees:

Poetry in Motion® Submission $ 0.00


Jan 26,2017 -     Time: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Production team and filmmakers Daniel Long and Ronee Swafford were kind enough to donate their services over the past year to produce three videos capturing young writers engaged with Southern Word. This was an effort to tell the writers’ stories and the story of Southern Word, which features the power of creative writing and speaking as a tool in education and youth development. Join us to see the videos, celebrate the filmmakers, and hear from the youth writers. The event is free. The food and drink are not. We will ask for contributions to Southern Word on this evening.


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Nashville, TN 37206

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