March 15: Emotive Fruition Call for Submissions

Updated Call for submissions

Emotive Fruition, a performance series where poets and actors come together to create a show of live poetry, is seeking submissions for its May 25th show at the Botanic Lab in NYC. This episode will be held in conjunction with the release of Janine Joseph’s debut collection, Driving Without a License, winner of the Kundiman Prize for Poetry. Joseph's powerful collection speaks directly to the experience of living and writing as an undocumented person in America today. 

For this themed performance, we are looking for published or unpublished poems that explore notions and experiences of (un)documented immigration, migration, home, exile, and/or what it means to be(come) American. We are seeking poems that are written in the first person and can function as a story, a confession, a revelation, an elegy, a reckoning, a moment of desire, etc. We are interested in how a poem on the page can come to life on stage, with the voice of the poet coming through the voice of the actor.

After poems are selected and poets notified, we will hold a rehearsal in Manhattan with both poets and actors on May 23rd. The rehearsal is a time when all the poets involved meet the professional actors assembled. At rehearsal, each poet speaks about their poem, its concerns and intentions, and the actor takes these discussions and directions in so they can sensitively and thoughtfully interpret the text for the stage. Because of the nature of the collaboration, we seek poets who live in the New York City area and who can travel to rehearsal. Kundiman will be able to provide a small honorarium to the poets involved. Please follow the guidelines below. We look forward to reading your work!


* Send one Microsoft Word document of 1-10 poems (NOT PDF!) to

* Please title your attachment and the subject line of your email as “LastName_EmoFru_Year.doc” (example: Dooley_EmoFru_2015.doc).

* Provide your name and email address on each page of your attachment.

* Please include a brief bio in the body of your email.

Deadline: March 15, 2016