Art House Productions is accepting submissions for the Jersey City Community Poem Project. To celebrate National Poetry Month, Art House will create an original, digital, crowdsourced community poem with the theme “Life in the Pandemic and Beyond: Quarantine, Devastation, and Hope for the Future.” Jersey City’s Poet Laureate, Rashad Wright will curate the poem. The second phase of the project will include a video presentation of the poem. This project is sponsored by the City of Jersey City and Office of Cultural Affairs.
Rashad will take lines and excerpts from your submissions and create a crowdsourced, community poem. Once the poem is created, Art House will publish it online, where contributors will be credited, and seek video submissions of community members performing the original work to be compiled in a video presentation.
- Writers must be currently based in New Jersey.
- Submissions can be any form of poetry: haiku, free verse or a rhyming poem, whatever your creative energy tells you!
- Submissions should be no longer than 10 lines.
- Submissions close Saturday, May 9 at 5:00pm EST.
Rashad’s creative works focus on debunking the glorification of selflessness and sacrifice in communities of color and other disenfranchised groups. Rashad’s work gives visibility to a “self” in an attempt to reclaim the love that these identities deserve.
He currently is the host of ManaMic, Jersey City’s biggest open mic series and has published a fusion of memoir and poetry titled Romeo’s Whiskey. Instagram @write_raw