SPRiNG 2023 Happenings


Save the Date!
The WCU Poetry Center's Poetry and Creative Arts Festival
Will’s Survival: Shakespeare’s Legacy  
June 9-11, 2023
Mark Jarman - Keynote Speaker


Call For Proposals
Workshop Submission Deadline: Feb. 1, 2023
Proposal Submission Deadline: Feb. 15, 2023

The West Chester University Poetry Center is excited to announce this Call for Presentations for C.R.A.F.T.: West Chester University’s Poetry and Creative Arts Festival, June 9-11, 2023.The theme for our in-person gathering is Will’s Survival: Shakespeare’s Legacy. Professor Emeritus Mark Jarman will be our Keynote Speaker. We will feature a musical performance by JD Debris, winner of the 2022 Donald Justice Prize for The Scorpion’s Question Mark, forthcoming from Autumn House Press.

In Spring 2023, WCU will be celebrating the 400th Anniversary of the publication of Shakespeare’s First Folio. C.R.A.F.T: WCU’s Poetry and Creative Arts Festival, Will’s Survival, gives our community the opportunity to consider Shakespeare’s influence in contemporary poetry.  We will explore Shakespeare’s legacy in relation to received form, verse drama, and meter, as we consider the following questions: how have contemporary poets, musicians, visual and performing artists engaged with Shakespeare’s oeuvre? Can we trace any connection between Shakespeare and contemporary verse drama or novels in verse? How have women, writers of color, and post-colonial artists critically engaged with Shakespeare’s legacy?

Working with a shared respect and understanding of craft, The Poetry and Creative Arts Festival gives poets and critics, musicians, as well as visual and performing artists opportunities to forge connections across disciplines, to delve into innovative approaches to artmaking, to engage new media and technology, to reconsider the power of revision, and to sharpen their critical lenses. 

We welcome proposals for innovative, experimental, multi-media and/or multi-modal presentations, readings, panels, and performances from diverse students, faculty, and independent artists that include, but are not limited to, the following topics:

·         Shakespeare’s First Folio

·         The Sonnet

·         Verse Drama

·         Blank Verse

·         Ekphrasis

·         Metaphysical Poets/Poetics

·         Novels-in-Verse

·         Multi-disciplinary Shakespeare

·         Eco-Poetry

·         Poetry as Response to Crisis

·         Shakespeare and Film

·         Shakespeare and Popular Culture

Creative proposals should include an example of the work that you would like to present (such as 3-5 poems, or an image of the artwork, or an audio or video file of a performance) accompanied by a 150 word abstract and a short CV (no more than 5 pages). Critical proposals should include a 200-400 word abstract along with a short CV (no more than 5 pages). 

Please send proposals to poetry@wcupa.edu with Survival in the subject line by February 15, 2023. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Cherise A. Pollard

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