Poet Artist Collaboration XVII - Call for Poets and Artists!

A sample collaboration from last year's exhibit:

"Life's Winding Road"
painting by Connie Ludwig, Goodhue, MN

"She Stood at the Door"
poem by Elizabeth Weir Wayzata, MN

Babs Chesler, April 4, 2015

We hug farewell, her walker,
awkward between us.
Her bones are too present
within my arms,
her dark eyes,
deep with leavings.

I step away, into an early
San Antonio morning
through a chill mist
to a waiting taxi,
trailing behind me
a suitcase packed
with separations—
our left-behind countries,
mothers, loved animals
and, now, this last parting.

Through the taxi window,
I crane for connection.
She waves, her familiar face
no longer clear to me, shape,
already diffuse in gray light.

Entry deadline: Wed., Jan. 10, 2018
Exhibit dates: March 26 - April 26, 2018

Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen. 
~Leonardo da Vinci

In honor of National Poetry Month in April, Crossings at Carnegie invites poets and artists to enter the 17th Poet-Artist Collaboration, an annual exhibit in which artists create work inspired by poetry.

Pre-Exhibit Schedule

January 10: Entries for both poets and artists due - use online form and submit poems and art at specific email address on form (the email addresses are different for poetry vs visual art)
January 22: Notification to accepted poets and artists. (poets not selected will be notified ASAP)
March 25: Delivery deadline for actual artwork.
April 21: Reception/Reading

Guidelines for Poets

• Poets may submit no more than three poems.
• Each poem is to be limited to no more than two pages, Times New Roman 12 point font.
• Entries should be submitted online. Fill out the form here. Then, email poems as a Microsoft Word document attachment, using the email address provided with the form.
• DO NOT INCLUDE your name within the document or the file name.
Your poem titles, listed on your entry form, will link your poems with your name. If untitled, please enter the first line of the poem for a title when completing the entry form.
• Registration is completed by paying $5 entry fee online (plus $1.50 convenience fee), or by sending payment to: Crossings, 320 East Ave., Zumbrota, MN 55992.
• Previously published work is accepted. Due to space constraints, we cannot print notices regarding previous publishers in our chapbook or on printed copies hung on gallery walls.
• Poems will be juried, and those selected to be part of the collaboration will be chosen by an artist who will create an original piece of art inspired by the poem.
• Please do not submit a poem and an artwork as a pair. The purpose of the exhibit is to create collaboration.

Guidelines for Artists

• Entries should be submitted online. Fill out the form here. Then, send three low-resolution examples (72 dpi) of your current work as attachments to the email address provided. Please do not send large/hi-res files.
• Registration is completed by paying a $15 entry fee online (plus$1.50 convenience fee) or by sending payment to: Crossings, 320 East Ave., Zumbrota, MN 55992.
• Artwork may be any medium (including photography IF combined with other media).
• Instructions on how to access, read and select poems online will be provided January 22, 2018to accepted artists.
• Deadline for delivery of exhibit artwork is March 24, 2018.
• Works must be ready for display - 2D work must be framed or ready to hang - and priced to include Crossings' 37% commission.   
• High resolution (300 dpi) digital images of artwork for the exhibit are required (for advertising purposes and for the chapbook). They should be sent to no later than March 24, 2018.

Poet/Artist Reception
Poets and artists are encouraged to attend the poet/artist reading and reception on Saturday, April 21, at 6:30 p.m. at Crossings. This special event will feature the poets reading and discussing their work, and the artists discussing how the poems inspired their art. The reading takes place at a vintage theatre next door and features the artwork displayed on a large screen. It is not only an opportunity for the poets and artists to meet each other, but an unforgettable evening of camaraderie for all those who love the arts!


As part of the exhibit, a full-color, glossy chapbook will be created, featuring each pair of poetry and artwork. This lovely keepsake will be made available at cost to all participants.

Questions? Contact Crossings at 507-732-7616 or