Submissions Being Accepted for Cape & Islands Poetry Anthology

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Submissions Being Accepted for Cape & Islands Poetry Anthology



Calliope Poetry and Bass River Press are accepting submissions for a poetry anthology that will explore the history, heritage, and spirit of Cape Cod and its islands, including Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket.

Titled From the Farther Shore: Discovering Cape Cod and the Islands Through Poetry, the anthology will feature poems that celebrate the region in all its diversity: its industries (from cranberry growing and boatbuilding to marine science and tourism), its people (both present and past), its towns and natural landscapes, and its historical and cultural landmarks.

The anthology—scheduled to be published in 2020, to coincide with the commemoration of the Pilgrims’ landing in Provincetown—is being developed through a partnership between Calliope and Bass River Press. Launched in 2015 by the Cultural Center of Cape Cod, Bass River Press has annually sponsored book competitions judged by nationally recognized poets (Tony Hoagland, Elizabeth Bradfield, Cleopatra Mathis, former Rhode Island poet laureate Lisa Starr). Its published collections include “Bay Windows” by Leo Thibault (forthcoming), “Water-Dreaming” by Deirdre Grace Callanan, “Wild Water Child” by Rose Auschlander, and “On the Loose” by Judith Askew. Led by Editor Angela Howes and the Center’s Associate Director, Lauren Wolk, the press has been lauded as “an exciting addition to an already thriving poetry culture on Cape Cod.”

Since its founding in 2008, Calliope has brought a range of poetic voices to the Cape through its reading series and workshops (most of which have taken place at the Falmouth and West Falmouth libraries). Featured poets have ranged from Jorie Graham and Mark Doty, both past chancellors of the American Academy of Poets, to award-winning poets from throughout Massachusetts. Calliope’s Founding Director, Alice Kociemba, also runs a monthly poetry reading group at the Falmouth Public Library.

The anthology’s editorial team will include both Kociemba and Howes, along with Robin Smith Johnson, a co-founder of the local Steeple Street Poets, and Rich Youmans, Associate Director of Calliope.

To submit, please send up to five of your best poems by June 30, 2019, to All poems must identify a connection to the Cape or the islands, either in the title, an epigraph, or a specific reference in the text. No limitations on style or length; previously published poems will be considered.

In the subject line of the email, please put Poetry Anthology Submission. In the body of the email, list the title of each poem and, if it was previously published, note where it appeared and when. Please format the document so that each page is numbered and your name and email address appear on every page. Also, include a brief bio of 50 words or fewer.

For additional information, please visit the Cultural Center of Cape Cod website,, or e-mail



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