Lake View Cemetery Foundation (LVCF) is seeking writers to be part of a Mother's Day celebration at Lake View Cemetery, May 14, 2017.
Similar to the narrative epitaphs of Edgar Lee Masters' Spoon River Anthology, LVCF is seeking original poems to be created about important - deceased women buried at Lake View Cemetery. They include: Emma Adams, Fannie Lewis, Augusta Mittleberger, Bertha Blue, Belle Sherwin, and Dr. Elaine A. Campbell Psarras. These women played a vital role in Cleveland's history, demonstrating a commitment to community, a passionate loyalty to peers, and persistence in the face of obstacles.
As with Spoon River Anthology, these poems should attempt to bring the women back to life with vibrant prose or elegant free verse. While the aim of Masters' collection was to create a fictional town full of unique citizens, this project will focus on women who are "real", but have come and gone. The aim is to tell how their actions impacted the community or society as a whole. Each writer should attempt to tell a noteworthy story, placing themselves in the time period during which these women lived. Describing how their descendants may be working to continue their legacy, not only in Northeast Ohio, but throughout the world might be one storytelling technique.
The deceased women selected are from different backgrounds, cultures, and occupations and resided in Northeast Ohio for at least a portion of their lives. Writers are asked to "select" one of the women to write about. The goal is to remind anyone who reads the poem how these ordinary women left extraordinary marks on our city, the nation or the world.
As mentioned previously, this project is sponsored by LVCF. Poem's are to be no longer than two minutes in length, when recited. LVCF will have final approval on all writings. Each finalist will be paid a stipend of $250. The selected poems and biography of each writer will be published in a brochure and featured on a tour during the Mother's Day event at Lake View Cemetery, May 14, 2017. Each poet will be asked to recite their work at the gravesite of each woman during the Mother's Day tour. If the writer chooses not to do so, someone will be substituted in their place.
A description highlighting the achievements made by these women is attached below. Additional research is encouraged in order to capture a well-rounded concept of these women's inner life. The Encyclopedia of Cleveland's History or Lake View Cemetery's databases can be of some assistance during this research.
The deadline for submission is March 31, 2017. For any additional questions or concerns about the poems or the event in general, Mary Krohmer, the Directory of Community Outreach, can be reached at (216) 421-2687 or firstname.lastname@example.org; also Sarah Yantek, the Community Outreach Intern; can be reached at email@example.com.