Seeking poets living in New Hampshire and beyond to participate in an interactive community poetry project called Tiny Writes.
As the 2018 Millspace Arts and Culture Laureate of Newmarket, NH, Carand Burnet is organizing a two-part event where local residents will anonymously collaborate with poets. The project, titled Tiny Writes, involves an interactive exhibit and poetry reading.
Inside Millspace: A Center for Art, History & Culture, Burnet will be displaying shadowboxes with staged miniature items from May 25th – July 7th. All who attend the exhibit are encouraged to anonymously write a line about each “poetic theater” box. After the show, Burnet will collect this writing and distribute it to poets who will compose a poem from this “found” material. On September 14th, participants will read his or her Tiny Writes poem during a celebration at Millspace.
Located at 55 Main Street in Newmarket, NH, Millspace: A Center for Art, History & Culture is a vibrant civic space dedicated to cultural exploration and experimentation. Millspace offers community members roundtable discussions, workshops, panel sessions, lectures, gallery installations, film festivals, historic engagement, musical performances, education, and live theater. This year is Millspace’s 5th anniversary!
Carand Burnet is Newmarket’s 2018 Millspace Arts and Culture Laureate. Burnet is a writer, visual artist, and musician. Her poetry and essays have been featured in Crazyhorse, Gulf Coast, Jubilat, and her writing has previously been listed as a notable in the Best American Essays.
Generative prompts and experimental writing exercises have helped shape Burnet’s creative direction as a poet. The idea for this project originated in a writing group lead by poet Emily Pettit at Flying Object. One of the exercises was to distribute envelopes that contained disparate images or miniature items and writers would compose a poem based on the provided material. It allowed class participants to explore new subjects, imagery, and tone. The hope is that Tiny Writes will be an equally rewarding experience for poets who participate!
Examples of Tiny Writes “poetic theater” boxes:
Please note: if you’d like to participate, there are no restrictions on how one uses the material written by the community. Alterations of text can occur in any way, shape, style, length, or form you’d like! Hopefully, the “found” writing you receive written during the exhibit will inspire surprising creative explorations. Those who participate are required to attend a celebration and read his or her newly written Tiny Writes poem to the Newmarket community on Friday September 14th 5-8 PM (reading begins at 6 PM). Later in the year, in gratitude to those who participate, Burnet will create artistic poetry videos that feature each Tiny Writes poem.
Interested in participating? Fill out the submission form below by midnight, July 1st. Every request to participate is by a panel who will base your acceptance contingent on your writing sample. The one poem writing sample can be previously published or unpublished and any length or structure since it is strictly used for jurying.
Questions? Email Carand at tinywritesnh (at) gmail (dot) com.
Request to Participate in Tiny Writes: