Cid Pearlman is Looking for Poets

Laurie says:

My daughter choreographer Cid Pearlman is looking for poets for her new art installation with dance video, poetry, and live performance. She has already done some wonderful work with poetry and dance.

Cid Pearlman’s call for poetry:


Submit poems to our new interdisciplinary project!

Four selected poets will each receive a $500 honorarium for an original work. Five additional poets will each receive honorable mentions and one or more of their poems will appear on the project’s webpage.

(home)Body is an art installation with dance video, poetry, and live performance. This work is a collaboration between artistic director/choreographer Cid Pearlman, video artist Mara Milam, poet/dramaturge Denise Leto, and ten dance artists.

The poems we commission will seek to represent a multiplicity of voices. They will inform the content we create and will function as scaffolding and inspiration for the dance and video.

We are looking for poems that speak to ideas around home and body in personal, experimental, and/or topical ways. The poems can range in metaphorical and embodied complexity. For example, the body in question can be the personal/individual body, the communal/community body, the body politic and/or the synecdochal body.

There is no entry fee. We welcome all poetic forms and approaches (lyric, experimental, performance poetry, slam poetry, prose poems etc). We very much encourage new and emerging artists.

We are particularly interested in seeing submissions from BIPOC poets, poets from the LGBTQIA+ community, young poets, and poets from disability communities across all cultural and socio-economic backgrounds.

Submissions open: November 24, 2020 Deadline: February 15, 2021 at midnight PST. Send to:

Please do not submit until you read the complete guidelines and learn more about the project at:

This project is made possible by the Rydell Visual Arts Fellowship at the Community Foundation Santa Cruz.

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