Having recently been in Chicago for AWP, of course this caught my eye:
CALL FOR POETRY SUBMISSIONS
City of the Big Shoulders: An Anthology of Poems About Chicago
Edited by Ryan G. Van Cleave
One of the largest cities in North America, Chicago’s metropolitan area boasts 10 million residents, placing it in the world’s top 25 urban areas by population. A leader in transportation, telecommunications, and finance, Chicago is a city of great architectural significance, ethnic diversity, and cultural wealth. It’s also the birthplace of house music, the Poetry Slam, the skyscraper, chemotherapy, and improvisational comedy.
For these and many other reasons, Chicago has long been the inspiration for and subject of poems (Carl Sandburg’s “Chicago,” Marge Piercy’s “Visiting a Dead Man on a Summer Day,” Ezra Pound’s “Epilogue,” and Maxwell Bodenheim’s “South State Street: Chicago” to name just a few), though no definitive collection currently exists. Edited by Chicago native Ryan G. Van Cleave, City of the Big Shoulders intends to fill this void by gathering the best new poems about Chicago from natives, visitors, friends, and critics of this exciting city.
While any Chicago-related poems are welcome, possible topics might include:
The Great Chicago Fire
O’Hare International Airport
Grant Park, Lincoln Park, & Jackson Park
Chicago Bulls / Bears / White Sox / Cubs / Blawkhawks
Lake Effect snow
The “Magnificent Mile”
The Shedd Aquarium
The Adler Planetarium
The Chicago Tribune
The Chicago Loop
The Sears Tower
Lincoln Park Zoo
Mayor Richard J. Daley (Sr. & Jr.)
The TV show “ER”
1893 World Expo
Chicago’s Native American background (Potawatomi, Miami, Sauk, Fox, Ottawa, Ojibwa)
As part of his commitment to lessen his own environmental impact, the editor requests that all submissions be emailed (along with a 3 – 5 line bio) as .rtf or .doc attachments to: firstname.lastname@example.org (If you absolutely must send in hard copy, email and ask for a snail mail address). Payment will be in copies. Tentative publication date is early 2010. The deadline for receiving submissions is May 1, 2009.