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13th Annual Writing the Walls Poets' Walk

Domenick Pilla reading at Poets Walk 2018

Domenick Pilla reading at Poets Walk 2018

Hudson Valley MOCA, in partnership with Studio Theater in Exile, presents Writing the Walls 2019, a poetry and playwriting open call asking writers to interpret artwork from the exhibition Death is Irrelevant into original poems and one-page plays. Now in its 13th year at Hudson Valley MOCA, chosen writing will be performed during the annual Writing the Walls Poets’ Walk and will hang alongside the artwork it was inspired by from April to June.

Open Call Submissions Due: February 27, 2019

Writing the Walls Poets’ Walk: Saturday, April 27, 2019 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.

In order to apply, email submissions to both Mara Mills ( and Jo-Ann Brody ( on or before February 27, 2019. Each participant may submit up to three entries. In order to be chosen, the applicant must be a Hudson Valley MOCA member.

Submission specifications:

  1. Each submission may be up to one typed page maximum using Calibri font, size 11.

  2. On a second page, list your name, address, email, and phone number.

  3. Include the title of each submission and the artwork and artist your poem was inspired by.

About Writing the Walls

13 years ago, Writing the Walls manifested as the brainchild of Studio Theater in Exile Artistic Director Mara Mills and Hudson Valley MOCA Co-Founder Livia Straus. Since then, it has successfully used visual arts as a conduit for literary inspiration, with its founders committed to engaging a diverse community of creatives and audiences. Writing the Walls welcomes poets and playwrights of all ages and abilities.

About Studio Theater in Exile

The mission of Studio Theater in Exile is to bring the arts and the community together by working with underrepresented playwrights and performers, and producing original works in community venues such as: community centers, museums, libraries, storefronts, and galleries. A hallmark of their work is collaboration with visual artists.