A “call for poetry” focused on the unique culture of Ohio’s Appalachian population–located in Central Appalachia, with roots steeped in traditional southern ways. A one-of-a-kind collection, sponsored by the Academy of American Poets and Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
A copy of the anthology will be sent to all 732 libraries throughout Ohio and to selected Ohio Appalachian school libraries.
Those who submit poetry to this anthology must have strong ties to Ohio and have Appalachian roots, which include those who currently live in Ohio, who have lived in Ohio sometime in their lifetime or had relatives/ancestors (cousins, aunts uncles, grandparents) from throughout Appalachia who migrated, live(d) and/or work(ed) in Ohio and have/had amazing stories to tell through poetic form;
OR poems may be written about or in honor of an Ohio Appalachian (friend, neighbor, co-worker or historical figure);
OR poems may be written about Appalachian lore, landmarks and/or the land.
Poets may submit up to 3 poems. At least two poems must be previously unpublished. One poem may be previously published if the poet owns the rights. (Documentation may be required.)
Include a 100 word first person bio, focused on your Ohio Appalachian connection. No publication or award information please, just narrate how you are connected to Ohio’s Appalachia.
TEEN POET AND EMERGING POET SUBMISSIONS ARE HIGHLY ENCOURAGED
The anthology will be published in partnership with Sheila-Na-Gig Editions. Contributors will receive one copy of the anthology.
THE SUBMISSION PORTAL WILL OPEN
August 1, 2021 – November 15, 2021