David Holper is Eureka’s poet laureate. (Courtesy of David Holper)
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Eureka Poet Laureate David Holper invites Humboldt County poets and visual artists to participate in a “Hybrid Poetry/Art Contest.”

Poets whose work is selected will be paired with a local artist whose portfolio has been accepted. Visual artists will have one month to create an image to accompany the poem.

“This idea of a hybrid came out of an experience I had with the Visible Poetry Project,” Holper said. “This project brings poets and filmmakers together. I submitted a poem three years ago and had it turned into a film. I thought it would be interesting to do something similar, in order to bring poets and artists (including painters, graphic artists and photographers) together locally.”

He added: “I think everyone involved is excited to participate in this project because of the range of possibility in the poems, in the artwork — and best of all, in how these pairings will complement one another.”

Humboldt County poets may submit one poem of up to 15 lines on a subject concerning the local area, such as place, nature, a person, weather or animals, he said. Poems can be free verse or rhymed, including form poems, such as sonnets.

Humboldt County visual artists are invited to submit a portfolio of three digital images of their work, he said. The portfolio should represent a range of the artist’s ability.

“Our poet judges will choose the poems they like. At the same time, we’ll also have a panel of art judges who will select an equal number of artists,” Holper said. “Then, we’ll decide whose poem best fits with an artist’s style and send the poem to the artist. The artist will have a month to create a painting, graphic image or photograph to accompany the poem. Meanwhile, the poems will be letter press printed.”

The creative pairings will be exhibited at the Ink People Center for the Arts in Eureka in late spring/early summer.

“The Ink People is excited to participate in this project, because it features different types of artists collaborating with each other. Poets create images with words and visual artists tell stories through images, so we think the pairing of these two things will be striking and powerful,” said Kristi Patterson, director of Trajectory, a DreamMaker project of the Ink People Center for the Arts.

All “Hybrid Poetry/Art Contest” entrants are required to include their name, address, email address and phone number. This contact information should be included in the body of the email. The poem should be attached as a file and should be .doc, .docx or .rtf. (No Google docs or other formats except the ones listed.) There is no entry fee. Entries are due no later than Feb. 29. All entries should be emailed to Eurekapoetlaureate@gmail.com.

Holper was named the city of Eureka’s adult poet laureate in September 2019.

“As poet laureate,” Holder said, “I hope to bring poetry more into the life of our community, in much the same way, as the mural festival has brought art more into our daily lives in Eureka.”

 

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