In 2006, as part of a residency at the Louvre Museum in Paris, writer Toni Morrison invited spoken word poets to perform in front of some of the museum’s most famous history paintings—to reflect on the colonial histories of the museum and its holdings, and to empower Black, diasporic voices in a space that has traditionally excluded or marginalized them.
Inspired by Morrison, the Allen Memorial Art Museum, together with the Creative Writing Program and OSLAM, invites submissions for an event on Tuesday, March 3, at 5:30 p.m. We are seeking submissions of poetry from students, faculty, and staff who want to use language to reflect on the works and themes of the exhibition Afterlives of the Black Atlantic, which explores the legacies of the transatlantic slave trade through contemporary art. Poems can be any length and any genre or style, but should be written to be performed or read by the author at the AMAM.
Submissions for “Afterwords” will be due by midnight on Thursday, February 13, and should be sent in both Word and PDF formats to firstname.lastname@example.org. Selected participants will be notified by February 18 and will be asked to attend one planning meeting in advance of the event.
Optional: If you would like feedback on your work before submitting, creative writing professors Chanda Feldman and Lynn Powell will hold “office hours” in the exhibition on Friday, February 7 from 2 to 4:30 p.m. To sign up for a slot, email Hannah Kinney, assistant curator of academic programs, at email@example.com.