Over a two-week period, the Collage-Poet-In-Residence will live in the Bothy at MERZ and work out of the MERZ Gallery to make a body of collage poems that will be presented as part of World Collage Day 2023 in Sanquhar and be published in a future issue of PoetryXCollage. Kolaj Institute will consider the publication of a chapbook of collage poetry.
PoetryXCollage is a printed journal of artwork and writing which operates at the intersection of poetry and collage. We are interested in found poetry, blackout poetry, collage poems, haikus, centos, response collages, response poems, word scrambles, concrete poetry, scatter collage poems, and other poems and artwork that inhabit this world. Learn more HERE.
Kolaj Institute will provide virtual support to the Collage-Poet-In-Residence including feedback and critique if desired. MERZ will connect the Collage-Poet-In-Residence with poets from the area.
Collage-Poet-In-Residence is responsible for travel to and from Sanqhuar, all meals, and for payment of the accommodations at the Bothy at MERZ, which is £560. MERZ is equipped with some standard collage making materials and supplies and a printer.
Submit your application HERE. Deadline: Saturday, 8 April 2023.
About Sanquhar, Scotland
Sanquhar is a rural Scottish community with a rich agricultural and manufacturing heritage. Located on the River Nith, the area has been an important crossroads going back to Neolithic times and is the site of several prehistoric British forts and a Roman outpost. A 15th-century castle ruin overlooks the town. Mary, Queen of Scots came to Sanquhar in May 1568 after her defeat at the battle of Langside. In the 17th century, Sanquhar was the site of unrest during the Covenanting period when Scottish Presbyterians fought to maintain the Church of Scotland. Agriculture, coal mining, and wool production and related industries such as knitting and carpet making flourished in the 18th century. The town hosts the world’s oldest working post office (established in 1712) and the world’s oldest curling society (formed in 1774). The Church of St. Bride’s sanctuary was dedicated to a lost, then found World War I soldier. The village of Crawick on the edge of town had once been known as a haven for witches. The Tolbooth Museum was designed by the influential 18th century Scottish architect William Adam.
Sites of Interest: Tolbooth Museum, Sanquhar Castle, Crawick Multiverse, Old Town Hall, River Nith, Saint Bride’s Church, Sanquhar Declarations Monument, and A’ the Airts (home to Sanquhar Knitting Patterns).