Cleveland Humanities Festival Staged Reading
Call for submissions: Original writing on theme of “Health”
Literary Cleveland will organize a staged reading during the Cleveland Humanities Festival, on Saturday, March 17th and Sunday, March 18th at 7 pm at Cleveland State University’s student center ballroom. A director and actors will be hired to perform the work.
We invite you to contribute a play, poem, personal essay, short story or other literary work addressing the theme of “Health.” Contributors are encouraged to interpret the theme broadly. Submissions can be in any genre and ideally should be less than 1,000 words. They should be sent to email@example.com with the subject line "Cleveland Humanities Festival staged reading" by Jan. 15th 2018.
Selections will be made by early February.
In 2017, Lit Cleveland published a call for submissions seeking poems, essays, stories or other literary works addressing the theme of immigration. The organization received over 60 submissions and created a staged reading entitled “Crossing Borders: Immigrant Narratives” that featured professional actors performing work by area writers. Two performances were held at Cleveland State University, drawing nearly 250 attendees. The performance included immigration stories from award-winning Cleveland writers Daniel Gray-Kontar, Thrity Umrigar and Philip Metres as well as writers of varying ages and levels of experience whose families immigrated to the U.S. from China, Columbia, Poland and elsewhere. In the summer of 2017, Lit Cleveland also performed the one-hour Crossing Borders reading at Gordon Square, Public Square, and the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage.
The 2018 staged reading will present work by Cleveland area writers, engaging the community in the exploration of an important public policy issue through the literary arts. “Health” is a topical issue with profound resonance. Northeast Ohio is known as a vibrant hub for the health care industry, yet tremendous health disparities exist between suburban and urban areas, and rich and poor. On a national level, our nation’s leaders continue to battle over the federal government’s role in ensuring healthcare for all. At the same time, in recent years Cleveland has benefited from the expansion of community health centers, as well as new initiatives to improve community health through expanding community gardens, creating healthy food options in schools, and promoting mobility and physical activity in neighborhoods. This staged reading will use first-person stories to chronicle health care challenges and opportunities in our community.
About the Cleveland Humanities Festival
The 2018 Cleveland Humanities Festival explores the roles of health, health care, and the medical in culture and society from a variety of perspectives in history, literature, and the arts.
The Cleveland Humanities Festival is a collaborative event celebrating the great cultural institutions of the city of Cleveland and Northeast Ohio dedicated to humanistic inquiry. The Festival engages the public in addressing some of society’s most challenging issues and pressing concerns. Coordinated by the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities of Case Western Reserve University, the Festival is partnering with our region’s major museums, educational institutions, and arts organizations. The 2018 Cleveland Humanities Festival will offer public programming which illuminates the role of the humanities in deepening our understanding of the complex ethical and personal questions that arise when the subject is health.
This program is made possible with the support of the Baker Nord Center for the Humanities, Cleveland Humanities Festival, and Cleveland State University.
Questions? Please contact Lee Chilcote, Director of Lit Cleveland, at firstname.lastname@example.org.