As part of the Shoreline Voices Project, Gunpowder Press invites poets from Santa Barbara or adjacent counties (Ventura, San Luis Obispo, or Kern) to send up to 3 poems inspired by works in the permanent collection of the Santa Barbara Museum of Art for consideration for an anthology of poems to be published this fall.
DEADLINE EXTENDED: June 30, 2017
Poems should respond to work in the SBMA PERMANENT COLLECTION. Poems will also need to be strong poems on their own merit–not dependent on the artwork, as images will not be included in the anthology (although they may be included on a companion website). We are also requesting that poets release their poem to SBMA for possible future projects (maybe labels in the gallery? maybe slides? who knows??). Please include your name on your poem, and artist and title of referenced artwork at the bottom of your poem. Not all submitted poems will be published. Contributors of selected poems will receive a copy of the published book.
Email work to seayost[at] gmail[dot] com
Can I write about artwork on the SBMA website?
Yes, as long as it’s part of the permanent collection! You are not required to visit the museum in person.
Can I write about sculptures or the mural out front?
Yes, any form of art can inspire! As long as it is in the permanent collection.
Can I write about a work that is not currently on display?
Yes, as long as it is part of the permanent collection.
How do I know if someone else is writing about the art I want to write about?
Don’t worry about that. If there is more than one poem about a work of art, that’s not a problem at all. Just write to what moves you.
How do I know if a work is in the permanent collection?
Every piece of art is labeled. Online, this is the “Credit Line” which must say SBMA (and might also say “gift of”). In the galleries, works in the permanent collection are labeled as SBMA or as gifts. Works labeled “On loan from…” or something else like “Armand Hammer Foundation” are not part of the permanent collection.