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City of Sparks to Hold Open Call for Poems

The Poem will be part of a Pet Memorial Project Located at Sparks Marina

As a celebration of National Poetry Month in April, the public is invited to present original poems for a public art installation at the Sparks Marina Park. The “pet memorial” will allow pet owners, that have lost a pet, a way to honor their lost friendship by attaching their old pet tags permanently to a specially designed structure. The art piece also includes a large area for the engraving of a poem about the loss of a pet and the significance of the relationship.

As the key part of the community engagement portion of this project, the City of Sparks will commission an original poem for the design. All poems will be reviewed by a panel of literary experts. The top three poems will proceed to a community wide vote for the poem to be engraved or etched into the block of steel next to the grid.

The public is asked to present an original unpublished poem to be judged by a panel consisting of poets, authors, educators and other community members. Panelists will score poems based on criteria set in the guidelines. Poems must reflect one or more of these themes: owner/pet relationships, joy/strength/ depth of relationship or loss of relationship.

The top three poems will be presented to the public for a final vote via the City’s website and social media pages. The top three highest scoring entries will be awarded with a cash commission.

The open call is open now until May 31, 2019. The top three entries will be announced on June 10. Public input will be conducted online and on social media channels from June 10 – August 9, with the final poem announced September 9, 2019, at the Sparks City Council Meeting. The call is open to any person residing in the State of Nevada and/or within 150 miles of the City of Sparks. All rules are located at cityofsparks.us/petpoem website.

Poems must be sent to fburge@cityofsparks.us in PDF FORMAT to retain formatting or mailed to the Parks and Recreation Department, 98 Richards Way, Sparks NV 89431.
National Poetry Month ends on April 30, 2019. Find other ways to celebrate poetry by finding events at NevadaHumanities.org.