Calgary, AB (Wednesday October 9, 2019) – YYC POP: Portraits of People is an open call out to the community, the entire city and the world, from Sheri-D Wilson, Poet Laureate of Calgary.
This Legacy Project invites all Calgarians – whether writers or not – to create a portrait in the form of a poem, prose poem, or snapshot / flash fiction – about someone you know who lives and works in Calgary.
“A city is characterized by its people, and as Calgary transforms, we ask you to look, as a community at what our identity is today, “ says Wilson, “Your submission will be a piece of the larger puzzle, which represents the new Calgary.”
YYC POP explores: Who are we? What is our identity as a city? Who are the people that live here? And what are their stories?
You can write about someone you know, or a historical figure whose contribution or story remains relevant to today. Who you choose should keenly represent the spirit and identity of Calgary now, as the city changes and grows. But the person you write about cannot be named (named proper) in your work.
YYC POP: Portraits of People is open to everyone currently living in Calgary, the Greater Calgary area, and ex-pats.
To submit your portrait and for full details please visit https://sheridwilson.com/. Deadline: Midnight on November 30, 2019.
All YYC POP submissions will be curated by a jury of professional writers. Selected portraits will then be included in a hard-copy anthology being published by the award-winning Frontenac House, scheduled for release in April 2020. If your poem is selected to be part of YYC POP: Portraits of People, you may be invited to read your work at one of many book launches/ galas in the new year. Any writing not chosen for the anthology will be published online.
YYC POP: Portraits of People is being produced by Sheri-D Wilson and the Calgary Spoken Word Society, and is supported by Calgary Arts Development, Brookfield Residential, YMCA, Frontenac House, CanLearn Society, Calgary Foundation, Alberta Gaming & Liquor Commission, Calgary Chamber, The City of Calgary, Shelf Life Books and the Writers’ Guild of Alberta.
YYC POP Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/2461569337254474/ Facebook: @CalgarySpokenWordSociety Twitter: @YYCSpokenWord Instagram: @calgaryspokenwordsociety