Spoken Art

Visual Art through the Lens of Poetry

This community-wide project showcases both visual and language arts, as local poets respond to the work of local artists. Poems about art—“ekphrastic” poetry—have a long, rich history. They can broaden our enjoyment and understanding of many kinds of art, of the poets’ lives and voices, and of the communities they collectively represent.

Each month we’ll feature work from a different San Mateo County artist, and invite San Mateo County residents to create poems in response. Quarterly celebrations will include a reading of selected poems, and the opportunity to meet the poets and artists, and view the artwork.

If you are a poet who lives in San Mateo County, we would love to read your poem that responds to one of our featured works of art.

Artwork for June, July and August

“Drought, Fire, Rebirth” San Mateo quilting artist Janice Kelber“Drought, Fire, Rebirth”
by San Mateo quilting artist Janice Kelber
“Culture” by East Palo Alto artist Scape Martinez“Culture”
by East Palo Alto artist Scape Martinez
“Into the Sunset” by Woodside artist Xuan My Ho“Into the Sunset”
by Woodside artist Xuan My Ho

Your poem might be a vivid description of the artwork, your personal reactions to it, a story or conversation you see in it, or any other response it inspires in you. We look forward to reading your work!

Submissions are now closed. Please check back soon for event details.

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