"The Muse in the Museum" - Ekphrastic Poetry Reading

AMAM First Thursdays
Thursday, April 4, from 5pm until 8pm


Contest Flyer

Poetry Content – Call for Entries
DUE: Friday, March 22


The Allen Memorial Art Museum and Main Street Readings seek submissions of ekphrastic poetry for our upcoming April First Thursday evening hours. April is National Poetry Month and these hours will feature selections inspired by works on view at the AMAM galleries.

Submissions from ALL members of the public are welcome. We are especially interested in works from faculty, staff, students, and Oberlin community members.

Featured poems will be determined through a ‘blind’ process by AMAM and Main Street Readings staff. The works will be selected based in part on creating a balanced program for the evening.

Modern ekphrastic poetry encompasses responses or descriptions of works of visual art, such as painting, sculpture or photography. Submissions can be about any work of art currently ON VIEW in the AMAM galleries.

DUE DATE: Friday, March 22 by 5:00pm
Submissions can be emailed to AMAM Curator of Education, Jason Trimmer, at: jtrimmer@oberlin.edu, or dropped off at the front desk of the AMAM.

The “Muse in the Museum” readings will take place at the Allen Memorial Art Museum on Thursday, April 4, beginning at 5:30pm. Authors must be able to attend and be willing to recite their readings to the public.

The Muse in the Museum is a collaborative project of the Allen Memorial Art Museum, the Oberlin College Creative Writing Program, and Main Street Readings.



More information on ekphrastic poetry can be found at these websites:

Poets.org and The Poetry Foundation (here and here).

And, well-known examples of the styles are included below by author:

W.H. Auden

William Carlos Williams

Alice Fulton, Elton Glaser, and Elizabeth Bishop

Wislawa Szymborska