Monday, June 16, 2008

Poets Are Invited to Read at the Library of Congress

Poets, come to DC to read your work at the Library of Congress! Following are the guidelines for submissions to the 2009 Poetry at Noon Reading Series:

Guidelines for Submissions to the Library of Congress Poetry at Noon 2009 Series

Several Poetry at Noon readings, sponsored by the Poetry and Literature Center, Office of Scholarly Programs, will be held in 2009. To apply to read in the series, choose a theme below and follow these guidelines:

~Include a cover sheet with the theme as the title of your submission.
~List your name, address, phone number, and email address.
~You may apply to read in one or two of the themed programs if you have not read in the Poetry at Noon Series in the past three years [Please see the one exception made below for the May reading.]
~Select your theme or themes from the list. Submit two of your own poems and three by other poets (a total of 5 poems) on that theme. This constitutes one submission.
~Please be sure the author’s name is on each poem.
~Include a one-paragraph bio with each submission.
~Staple all pages together.
~Indicate on the cover sheet for which other theme you are submitting, if you are.

Spring 2009 Themes
February--"Love Poems" for Valentine’s Day

March--"Poems about Abraham Lincoln" This theme may be expanded to include poems about the events of his life and times.

April--Shakespeare's Birthday Reading@ [No submissions; just come and read from Shakespeare’s work.]

May--"Poetry at Noon 15th Anniversary Reading. If you have read for Poetry at Noon at any time in the past 15 years, you are invited to return and read a poem for this anniversary celebration. Please send us your current contact information.

Please Note: Regrettably, honoraria and travel funds are NOT available.

Send manuscripts to:
Patricia Gray
Library of Congress
Poetry and Literature Center
101 Independence Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20540-4861

Deadline Postmark: July 15, 2008
(Manuscripts will not be returned)


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