Washingtonians: Submit Your Poetry to a New Anthology
Washington State Poet Laureate Tod Marshall has announced Washington 129, a collection of poems gathered from our state’s residents—one poem for every year of statehood up until 2018. Everyone is encouraged to submit work, from established poets to complete newcomers to the craft. Call this approach “poetocracy.”
In fact Governor Jay Inslee likes the idea so much, he just issued an official proclamation encouraging citizens to submit their poems.
Many of the poems will be included in an online anthology, and 129 of the poems will be published in book form in March of 2017. Submissions of any type of poetry are welcome. Poems are not required to address Washington geography, imagery, or culture directly, but those that do will be given priority consideration. The only restriction is that the author must be a Washington resident, and the poem cannot have been previously published.
So what exactly does it mean for a poem to be about Washington State? As Marshall told The Stranger, “From Shawn Kemp to Kitsap County, from the Kingdome to the meth-head BMXers in Spokane, from Chief Seattle to Cathy McMorris-Rodgers, from salmon to Benny and Joon (filmed in my neighborhood), from Twisp to Ione to Pomeroy to Pasayten to Forks to Vancouver: It’s all Washington, and it’s all fair game for the poems.”
Submissions will be accepted for some time— January 31, 2017—so you’ll have plenty of time to peruse the Palouse or sail the Sound for inspiration. More information and details on how to submit are on Marshall’s page here.
Marshall is also touring the state extensively during April, National Poetry Month, giving readings and workshops. Check out his calendar for an event near you.