WCU Poetry Center's C.R.A.F.T. Festival: Breakthrough: Invigorating Creative Practices

deadline for submissions: 
January 15, 2022
full name / name of organization: 
West Chester University Poetry Center
contact email: 

The West Chester University Poetry Center is excited to announce this Call for Presentations for C.R.A.F.T.: West Chester University’s Poetry and Creative Arts Festival, April 6-9, 2022.The theme is Breakthrough: Invigorating Creative Practices. Cornelius Eady will be our Keynote Speaker. We will feature a performance by The Cornelius Eady Trio.

Pandemic weary, we are all seeking a breakthrough. Perhaps it is a change in routine, perhaps it is a new way of conceptualizing creativity or expression, or perhaps it is a shift in thinking about ourselves and our place in our communities, and our world. WCU’s Poetry and Creative Arts Festival opens up possibilities for considering how poetry supports us in our moments of breakthrough: How does poetry inspire us to pursue change? How can poetry bring us closer to deeper understanding? C.R.A.F.T: WCU’s Poetry and Creative Arts Festival, gives us the opportunity to shift our creative practices in new directions, whether that is personal experimentation with form and meter, or building communal connections with visual and performing arts, artists, and musicians as we contemplate the transformative possibility of breakthrough.

Working with a shared respect and understanding of craft, The Poetry and Creative Arts Festival gives poets and critics, musicians, as well as visual and performing artists opportunities to forge connections across disciplines, to delve into innovative approaches to artmaking, to engage new media and technology, to reconsider the power of revision, and to sharpen their critical lenses.

We welcome proposals for innovative, experimental, multi-media and/or multi-modal presentations, readings, panels, and performances from students, faculty, and independent artists that include, but are not limited to, the following topics: 

  • New Approaches to Form
  • Poetry and Music
  • Breaking Out of Writer’s Block
  • Revision as Breakthrough
  • Ekphrasis
  • Innovative Meter and Rhyme
  • Technology and New Media
  • Redefining the Line
  • Hybrid Forms
  • Poetry as Response to Crisis
  • Poetry and Film
  • Poetry and Popular Culture

Creative proposals should include an example of the work that you would like to present (such as 3-5 poems, or an image of the artwork, or an audio or video file of a performance) accompanied by a 150 word abstract and a short CV (no more than 5 pages). Critical proposals should include a 200-400 word abstract along with a short CV (no more than 5 pages).

 Please send proposals to poetry@wcupa.edu with Festival in the subject line by January 15, 2022. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Cherise A. Pollard (cpollard@wcupa.edu).