Open Call to Poets for Black History Month

Mosaic Templars Cultural Center - Thursday, January 28, 2021

LITTLE ROCK –The Mosaic Templars Cultural Center and the Arkansas Arts Council are pleased to announce an open call for original poetry by Arkansas poets who are willing to recite on stage.

Poets can submit original works until 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5, by visiting Mosaic Templars Cultural Center at 501 W. 9th St. in Little Rock or by emailing Community Liaison Brian Rodgers at Artists of all backgrounds are encouraged to submit original poetry.

All poetry should be related to Black history. Winning poems will be performed by the authoring poets during a speciallivestream spoken-word showcase, called “Figuratively Speaking,”which will air at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26.

Chosen spoken-word artists will be compensated for their time. The performance will be featured on Facebook Live as part of MTCC programs for Black History Month. Performing artists must socially distanceduring their performances, which will be held on the MTCC ballroom stage. Masks will be required when not performing.

Poems cannot contain profanity, must relate to Black history and will be chosen by a committee at MTCC.

All submissions should include the poet’s name, a paragraph about the artist and contact information, including a phone number and email address. Submissionsalso may be done via video that shows the artist’s spoken-word poetry skills. Video submissions may be made via DropBox, GoogleDrive or YouTube.

For more information, contact MTCC at 501-683-3593 or email For more information about the Arkansas Arts Council, contact



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