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Poems in Place submissions for Southwest, Mat-Su parks extended to April 30

(Anchorage, AK) – The Poems in Place Project, a collaboration of Alaska State Parks, the Alaska Center for the Book, and a steering committee of Alaskan writers and poets, has extended its public call for poems celebrating the Wood-Tikchik State Park/Alegnagik State Recreation Site near Dillingham and the Independence Mine State Historical Park near Palmer. Alaskans now have until April 30 to submit up to three poems each – either poems written in response to the solicitation or poems previously written by an Alaskan poet. There are no fees to submit poems and an honorarium will be paid to the poets whose work is selected for installment.

The goal of the Poems in Place Project is to install poems on permanent signs in state parks throughout Alaska. The first poetry installation in this series – the poem “What Whales and Infants Know,” by Kim Cornwall – occurred in 2011 at Beluga Point in Chugach State Park, with support from Homer writer Wendy Erd, Alaska State Parks, and the Alaska State Council on the Arts.  In September 2013, poems by Alaskan writers Ernestine Hayes and Emily Wall were installed at Totem Bight State Historical Park near Ketchikan and poems by Frank Soos and the late John Haines were installed at Chena River State Recreation Area near Fairbanks.  

For submission rules, go to http://www.alaskacenterforthebook.org/id113.html. To see examples of current Poems in Place installations, go to http://dnr.alaska.gov/parks/misc/poemplace.htm

The Poems in Place project is supported by Alaska State Council on the Arts, the Alaska Humanities Forum, the Usibelli Foundation, the Alaska Poetry League, Alaska Center for the Book, and numerous generous individuals.

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