Edmonton Creative Writing Collective
January 23, 2013

Words with Friends Symbiotic Writing and Art Show – Call for Contributors

Words with Friends

We are so super excited to announce that we are seeking contributors for our upcoming cross-discipline collaborative project, the product of which will run as a special Bring Your Own Venue event as part of the 2013 Edmonton Poetry Festival at the end of April.

About the Project

We are seeking 10 local writers and 10 local visual artists to participate in the project, which will collaboratively unite 2 creative disciplines to produce 10 pieces of art and 10 pieces of poetry or short poetically-inclined prose for display at the Daffodil Gallery during a special art show and live reading as part of Edmonton Poetry Festival.

We will be teaming participating writers and artists into pairs at a meet & greet/planning session to be announced shortly and to take place before the end of February. We plan to host this at Daffodil. During that time, artists and writers can get to know each other, check out the display space, and exchange details. Each pair will work together over the coming months to create a piece of writing and a piece of visual art that exist as a symbiotic unit — the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.

This event is a fantastic opportunity for Edmonton’s collective arts community to collaborate, support and inspire each other, and to connect with new and exciting people who are all passionate about the arts in Edmonton to produce great work.

The show will take place on the evening of Thursday, April 25, 2013. During the event, Edmonton’s art and poetry enthusiasts will be able to take in the work produced by the project in Daffodil Gallery’s beautiful downtown space on 124th Street. Interested collectors (and family/friends!) will also be able to purchase the pieces from the show, with a portion of the proceeds going to both the artist and the writer. Writers involved in the project will give a live reading, followed by mingling and refreshments.


Above all, we are looking for people who are committed. The project requires a lot of coordination and organization among a lot of people, and a collaborative process that will take place over several months. In other words, it’s not something you can leave until the last minute. Once you’re teamed with your partner, it is your responsibility to organize your own process and produce the work by the deadlines. Because there are a limited number of slots available, we need to know we can rely on you!

There are still some guidelines and deadlines we have to work out before the planning session, but I can give you what we know so far! As far as writers go, we are seeking primarily poetry and short works of prose that are in the spirit of poetry or inspired by poetry, as this is Edmonton Poetry Festival. It will need to be able to fit on a single display medium for the show — a printed/mounted/framed page or other medium of the writer’s choosing. For artists, we are seeking a variety of mediums and genres — painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, digital art (provided it can be produced for print), etc. All contributors are responsible for their own production and presentation costs, as well as transportation of their work to/from the gallery. You should consider this when pricing your work. Karen Bishop of Daffodil is also available to help you price if you need advice.

This type of project is a first for us, and we’re not sure what the response will be like! As we mentioned, there is limited space available, so we may not be able to accept everyone who wants to participate. In the event that we have more response than we have space for, we will make our selections based on a few factors, including first-come first-served, samples of work, ¬†synergy between artists/writers and availability.

If you are interested in being part of the Words with Friends symbiotic writing and art show for Edmonton Poetry Festival, please send an e-mail to kasia@yegwords.ca with your name, information about your writing/art background, a link to where we can read your writing and see your art, and any days you ABSOLUTELY CANNOT MEET on weeknight evenings over the next few weeks. We’ll do our best to coordinate everyone for the planning session. We would like to give everyone plenty of lead time, so the sooner you sign up, the sooner we can get moving! E-mail now if you want in!