Call for submissions: DRAMA

Call for submissions: DRAMA

Poetry is the Original Genre. It’s the foundation of our storytelling. Our sagas, epics, mythologies were long poems memorized and recited to an audience. Over time, some of these poems, these performances included masks and costumes in the retellings. Theatre and poetry grew together, like a helix, winding and supporting each other forming the basis of all strains of literature and the performing arts.

Their DNA remains intermixed. Much good theatre is poetry and much good poetry is theatre. While there is a long history of poet-dramatists/dramatist-poets, we’re looking beyond poetry that inspires theatre, or simply poetry written by a playwright, to poetry as theatre.

Poetry as theatre is heightened and transformative, concerned with mimesis and suspension of disbelief. Even on the page, it is a living medium that’s different each time it’s read. It is intimate, vulnerable, and self-aware. It can be audacious and unapologetic. Theatre has the potential to unite a crowd in singular imagined experience; show us that poetry can do the same.

Send us poems that showcase voice, character, the theatrical, intimacy and vulnerability, poetry that has a sense of audience and a sleight of hand conjuring time and space. Take us back to the origins of storytelling or forward into the future of it. Mostly we’re excited to see how you interpret poetry as theatre because the best poetry, like the best theatre, is never what one expects.

Poems (maximum 3) can be sent to drama@poetryisdead.ca by January 1, 2019. Reviews can be sent to ben@poetryisdead.ca.


Marita Dachsel is the author of There Are Not Enough Sad Songs (forthcoming with University of Alberta Press, 2019), Glossolalia (Anvill Press, 2013), All Thing Said & Done (Caitlin Press, 2007) and the play Initiation Trilogy (Electric Company Theatre, 2012) which was nominated for both a Jessie Richardson Award for Outstanding Original Script and The Critics' Choice Innovation Award. Her poetry has been shortlisted for the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry, the ReLit Prize and the Acorn-Plantos Awawrd for People's Poetry. Her installation Divination was part of Belfry Theatre's Spark Festival, 2017. She lives with her family in Victoria.

Nancy Lee is the author of Dead Girl, The Age and the forthcoming poetry collection, What Hurts Going Down. An Assistant Professor in Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia, she has served as visiting Canadian Fellow at the University of East Anglia and Writer-in-Residence for Historic Joy Kogawa House, the city Vincennes, France and the city of Richmond.