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Ekphrastic Poetry 2023: Submissions now being accepted!

Ekphrastic Event for Sharing the Muse

Deadline for submissions is March 10, 2023

Email submissions to: bowmanb@southbendart.org

This year, our event will be held on April 20th 2023, from 6-8pm in the Warner Gallery

Cost: Free!!

An ekphrastic poem is a vivid description of a scene or, more commonly, a work of art. Through the imaginative act of narrating and reflecting on the “action” of a painting or sculpture, the poet may amplify and expand its meaning.

The idea for this event was developed in 2016 by board members Jake Webster and Dick Reineke as a way to include area writers more directly in the community of art makers here in Michiana and at the SBMA. Individuals of all ages are invited to write a poem in response to a work of art in the galleries that inspires them. All submitted poems are reviewed and selected  works are chosen to be published in a chapbook. The selected poets are invited to attend our annual event held in the SBMA galleries and read their poems in person.



We are all poets at heart. We use language daily to tell stories and refer to poetry for many important moments in our lives. Writing about our individual experiences requires us to find our own voice. We hope to encourage the creative self into being for some who are not often called to do so. You will find some of the writers are scholarly and others are finding a writer’s voice for the first time. All have focussed on this experience of interacting with the artworks in the museum’s collection and responding with expressive writing.

If you would like to participate please visit the South Bend Museum of Art, take a stroll through our Wiekamp Room, Rotunda, Carmichael Gallery, and Sculpture Corridor and write a poem in response to a work of art that inspires you. Poetry forms are available at the museum or you can email your poem to bowmanb@southbendart.org. Please include your name, email address, title and artist of the artwork you are writing about.

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