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Online Arts Magazine Launches 2011 Chicago Poetry and Art Contest

Published Thursday, February 10, 2011


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CHICAGO – The Site of Big Shoulders, a not-for-profit online arts magazine, seeks original poetry for its annual Art+Poetry Chicago project. This synesthesia of the poetry and art of the Windy City begins with a poetry contest soliciting original work from local poets. The winning poems will be used as the basis for an art contest soliciting artwork directly inspired by these poems. Both the winning poems and the winning artwork will be showcased at a poetry reading and gallery reception on Oct. 22, 2011, as well as being featured on The Site of Big Shoulders Web site.

Chicagoland poets are encouraged to get information and submit their original, new poetry through the online submission form at The contest runs through the end of May 2011, and poetry winners will be announced on June 10, 2011. The succeeding art contest then runs until October, and all winners and participants are invited to the Oct. 22, 2011, gala.

“This project is unique in Chicago,” said Robert Kameczura, the art and classical music critic for The Site of Big Shoulders. “It's a great way for poets to both get their work published and to see their poems realized in a visual medium.”

The Site of Big Shoulders Publisher Justin Kerr hopes that Art+Poetry Chicago 2011 “inspires new and more established poets to reach out to their local literary scene, to share their work and at the same time to communicate with other artists and creatives.”

Poetry+Art Chicago continues a long tradition of support and promotion of Chicago arts by The Site of Big Shoulders, including the 2010 Art+Poetry Chicago project, which featured collaboration with Rhino Poetry Magazine.  The 2010 Art+Poetry Chicago project is accessible online at

About The Site of Big Shoulders
The Site of Big Shoulders is a 501 not-for-profit organization that has been featuring Chicago arts since 1996. It is run by an all-volunteer, Chicago-based staff and regularly publishes new arts content on its Web site at