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PB POETRY FESTIVAL Launches Ekphrastic Poetry Contest Inspired by 'Tech Effect' Exhibit at Cornell Museum
Posted on Tuesday, October 30th, 9:41am
Palm Beach Poetry Festival Launches Ekphrastic Poetry Contest Inspired by TECH EFFECT Exhibit at Old School Square’s Cornell Museum of Art
Deadline for Poetic Entries is February 17, 2019

(Delray Beach, FL – October 25, 2018) Susan R. Williamson, Director of the Palm Beach Poetry Festival, has announced the 2019 Ekphrastic Poetry Contest, inspired by the TECH EFFECT exhibition which is on display through February 17 at the Cornell Museum at Old School Square in Delray Beach.

To enter, writers are encouraged to submit up to 30 lines of original poetry inspired by one of eight designated images featured in the TECH EFFECT exhibition that explore the complex influences of technology on the human experience and the natural world. It features artists whose work deals with technology in some way.

“Museum visitors will be fascinated by augmented reality works, interactive touch screen works, the prevalence of social media in contemporary art, artwork that utilizes code, and countless ways that technology is integrated into contemporary art,” says Williamson. “The selections in our annual Ekphrastic Poetry Contest offer poets the opportunity to take inspiration from eight works selected from the exhibition.”

The eight designated images include Backup by Ellen de Meijer, Emotion #2 by Walter Brown, Fractal by William Montgomery, Galloping Towards the Dream by Camomile Hixon, Graine by Alain Le Boucher, No More Dialects #4 by Daniel Fiorda, Mona Lisa by Antoine Geiger, and Skull by Brian Dettmer.

The winning poet will receive a $100 prize, and $25 will be given to each of the four runners-up. Their submitted poems – along with another five “honorable mentions” – will be published on the Poetry Festival’s website at www.palmbeachpoetryfestival.org.

“The poetic tradition of taking inspiration from works of art is called ‘ekphrasis’ from the Greek,” explains Williamson. “Ekphrastic Poems may include literal descriptions of a work of art, the poet´s mood in response to a work of art, metaphorical associations inspired by a work of art, or personal memories about a work of art. It’s a tradition quite alive in America today, and we’re pleased to once again join with the Cornell Museum to present this opportunity for poets to be inspired.”

For more details and to view the eight designated images from the TECH EFFECT exhibition, please visit: www.palmbeachpoetryfestival.org/news/tech-effect-poetry-contest/.

Deadline for submission is February 17, 2019. All submissions will be accepted via Submittable:

The Contest Judge is Stephen Gibson, author of seven poetry collections, most recently, Self-Portrait in a Door-Length Mirror, winner of the 2017 Miller Williams Prize, selected by Billy Collins and nominated for the 2018 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry. His poetry and fiction have appeared in such journals as American Arts Quarterly, Gargoyle, The Georgia Review, The Gettysburg Review, North American Review, The Paris Review, Pleiades, Poetry, River Styx, The Sewanee Review, Shenandoah, The Southern Review, and The Yale Review among others. He taught for 32 years at the Belle Glade campus of Palm Beach State College.


There is no age limit to enter. All entries must be previously unpublished and submitted in English.

About the Cornell Art Museum at Old School Square:

The Cornell Art Museum is located at Old School Square, 51 North Swinton, just south of the Crest Theatre. Hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm; Sunday 1 to 5 pm; closed Mondays and major holidays. Admission is $8;  $5 for seniors 65+ and students with ID; free for children under 12, Old School Square members and Veterans. Also, free for Florida residents on Sundays. For more information, please visit www.oldschoolsquare.org.

About the Palm Beach Poetry Festival 2019:

The 15th annual Palm Beach Poetry Festival will be held next January 21-26 at Old School Square in Delray Beach. Special Guest Poet will be Sharon Olds, the author of 11 books of poetry and winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. Another Pulitzer Prize winner, Tyehimba Jess, will be the Festival’s first Poet At Large. 

Eight distinguished poets will lead poetry-writing workshops at the Festival: Ellen Bass, Laure-Anne Bosselaar, Stuart Dischell, Aracelis Girmay, Campbell McGrath, Mathew Olzmann, Gregory Pardlo and Eleanor Wilner, with individual conferences offered by nationally acclaimed poets: Lorna Knowles Blake, Sally Bliumis-Dunn and Nickole Brown. The Festival will feature these top poets at numerous ticketed public events, including readings, talks, interviews, panel discussions and more.

The Palm Beach Poetry Festival is presented in partnership with Old School Square and is generously sponsored by Art Works of the National Endowment for the Arts, Morgan Stanley, The Windler-Keel Group of Atlanta, GA, the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, The Tourist Development Council of Palm Beach County; the Board of Commissioners of Palm Beach County, The Palm Beach Post, a grant from Visit Florida, WLRN-FM, and Murder on the Beach, Delray Beach’s independent bookseller.

In 2010, the Palm Beach Poetry Festival received an Arts Challenge Grant from The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation; and in 2011, it was presented with The Muse Award for Outstanding Cultural Organization (with a budget under $500,000) by the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County.

For more information about the Palm Beach Poetry Festival, please visit www.palmbeachpoetryfestival.org.

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Susan R. Williamson
Palm Beach Poetry Festival

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