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Art Talk: Regional Ekphrastic Poetry Competition << Back

Art Talk: Regional Ekphrastic Poetry Competition

Thursday, January 24 - Thursday, March 28

Through March 28, Adult/college writers residing within the West Michigan 231/616/269 area code region are invited to create original ekphrastic poems based on a work of art from a selection of works from the Muskegon Museum of Art’s permanent collection. Cash prizes, Museum memberships, and gift certificates will be awarded to the winning entries.

Competition guidelines.

Required entry forms 

image selection.

The competition ends on March 28. An awards ceremony and award winners reading will be held April 25. Sponsored by the Muskegon Writer’s Center and the Poetry Society of Michigan.


Ekphrasis or ecphrasis is the graphic, often dramatic, description of a visual work of art. In ancient times it referred to a description of any thing, person, or experience. The word comes from the Greek ek and phrasis, 'out' and 'speak' respectively, verb ekphrazein, to proclaim or call an inanimate object by name.



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