Call for Writers

Call for Writers: Chuckanut Sandstone Writers Theater and the Bellingham Repertory Dance Company announce the 2014 Phrasings Collaboration for Writers & Dancers

Deadline: It must be received on or before Saturday, November 30th , 2013. Follow the instructions given below very closely.

Our 8th annual collaboration and performance of Phrasings, of original modern dance choreographed with new poetry and stories will be presented in 3 shows on April 11th, 12thand 13th of 2014. Phrasings happens in Bellingham, WA at the Firehouse Performing Arts Center (14th and Harris).

The Bellingham Repertory Dance Company produces fresh, engaging and diverse concerts that appeal to modern dance enthusiasts as well as first time audiences. The Company is an auditioned collective of accomplished dancers dedicated to bringing high-quality, vibrant contemporary dance to the Northwest. Phrasings shows are the highlight of the year for the company and truly celebrate the written word in new contexts. The shows are described “Fantastic! Unexpected!, Amazing to have both words and movement! Incredible dancers! I can hardly wait for the next show!”

Choreographers in the company read the written submissions with a fresh perspective. They look for feelings, images or stories to convey through modern dance. Six or seven performance pieces will be chosen and will involve one or more dancers. Some writing will be selected to be read-only as part of the program. All winning submissions will be presented in a Phrasings 2013 chapbook.

We are looking for a wide range of poetry and all forms of writing to be selected for:

        Originality, and not previously published or performed.

        Vivid imagery – The content could be personal, pastoral, and/or tactile.

        Lyrical qualities – Give attention to rhythm and language.  

        Themes- The choreographers are highly innovative in their perspectives and engage with a wide range of themes.

        None has ever been chosen that refers to dancing or has obvious dance content.

There are two ways to participate in Phrasings. Interested writers may submit to one or both approaches. 

Approach One: Writing Submission – submit a finished piece of writing to be selected by a choreographer to incorporate into a new dance. Instructions (follow closely):

1.To submit: e-mail a pdf or MSWord document of submissions to  Use this Subject line: Submission Phrasings 2014

2. Submit one copy of up to 3 poems and/or dialogue, essay or short story as a pdf or Word attachment. Do not put your name on the attachment. Limit yourself to pieces that are 1-3 pages in length.  You may offer a 4th poem or piece that is 20-28 lines long (using 1-inch margins on 8-1/2 x 11 inch paper, portrait orientation).

3. Plus, in the body of the e-mail, please list the titles (or first lines) of the submissions and your name, phone number, street address and e-mail address. Choreographers will select the submission that they want to work with from the pdfs.

Approach Two: Live Collaboration – a writer and choreographer will work side by side in creating something new. A writer will compose a piece of writing and a choreographer will make a dance simultaneously through a collaborative process shaped by their partnered artistic goals. The pair will decide together on how each of their work will be integrated and presented in the Phrasings performance. If you are interested in this form of participation, Instructions (follow closely):

2.To submit: e-mail a pdf or MSWORD of submissions  Use this Subject line: Submission Phrasings 2014

1. Submit one copy of up to 2 poems and/or dialogue, essay or short story as a pdf or Word attachment. Do not put your name on the attachment. Limit yourself to pieces that are 1-3 pages in length. This year the competition is especially interested in receiving poems up to 20-28 lines long.

2. Submit a cover letter that describes your style of collaboration. How you might work with the choreographer in creating something new.
Carla Shafer
Bellingham, WA

About Splabman

Poet & interviewer Paul E Nelson founded SPLAB (Seattle Poetics LAB) & the Cascadia Poetry Festival. Since 1993, SPLAB has produced hundreds of poetry events & 600 hours of interview programming with legendary poets & whole systems activists including Allen Ginsberg, Michael McClure, Joanne Kyger, Robin Blaser, Diane di Prima, Daphne Marlatt, Nate Mackey, George Bowering, Barry McKinnon, José Kozer, Brenda Hillman & many others. Paul’s books include American Prophets (interviews 1994-2012) (2018) American Sentences (2015) A Time Before Slaughter (2009) and Organic in Cascadia: A Sequence of Energies (2013). Co-Editor of Make It True: Poetry From Cascadia (2015), 56 Days of August: Poetry Postcards (2017) and Samthology: A Tribute to Sam Hamill (2019) Make it True meets Medusario (2019), he’s presented poetry/poetics in London, Brussels, Nanaimo, Qinghai & Beijing, China, has had work translated into Spanish, Chinese & Portuguese & writes an American Sentence every day. Awarded a residency at The Lake, from the Morris Graves Foundation in Loleta, CA, he’s published work in Golden Handcuffs Review, Zen Monster, Hambone, and elsewhere. Winner of the 2014 Robin Blaser Award from The Capilano Review, he is engaged in a 20 year bioregional cultural investigation of Cascadia and lives in Rainier Beach, in the Cascadia bioregion’s Cedar River watershed.
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