Big Read 2021 Poets & Painters Event


“Description” in Greek. An ekphrastic poem is a vivid description of a scene or, more commonly, a work of art. Through the imaginative act of narrating and reflecting on the “action” of a painting or sculpture, the poet may amplify and expand its meaning. 

The definition above is from the Poetry Foundation; it describes our invitation to writers to read, at our Zoom open mic on March 17, 2021, an original work inspired by one of the artworks submitted by central Illinois visual artists. The art works will be displayed during the reading, and artists who attend may wish to contribute remarks about their works. 

A full-color printed catalogue of the artworks and the writings they inspired will be published after the event. Each artist and writer who participates will receive one printed copy of the catalogue, and PDF copies of the catalogue are available here.*

Springfield Poets and Writers (SPW) asks interested writers who intend to email their intent to participate by midnight CST on March 7, 2021 to SPW's inbox,, using 2021 Big Read as the subject line
  • You may select up to three artworks to write about, but please send a separate email message for each work you select.
  • Multiple writers may select the same artwork. 
  • Writers' names will be displayed on the SPW web site with the artwork selected.
  • By participating, writers grant SPW permission to include their documents in the event catalogue.
  • View the art works on this page
  • *New in April: download a copy of the PDF Event program (32 pages, one page per sheet OR
    16 sheets, 4 pages each, double-sided, to print as a
    booklet). Files are listed below.
Thea Chesley,
Apr 1, 2021, 1:04 PM
Thea Chesley,
Apr 1, 2021, 12:52 PM