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“No one sleeps in this room without

the dream of a common language”

ADRIENNE RICH

The Premise

Born of a desire to bring the many members of the North Texas poetry community into conversation with each other, The Common Language Project places participants in the same room and turns them loose to dream. United by a list of shared words and confined only by the space of a page, the poems of the project weave a tapestry of radically divergent experiences that sing, simmer and singe. Together, these poems give us a place to come together, somewhere from which we can start, from which we can thrive.

This year we invite you into the liminal space of passages– of time, of space, of thought. What shadowy corridors have you entered or emerged from? Which voyage in your life’s journey brought you into a new age? How have you arrived where you are, and where did you arrive from? Lead us through hidden tunnels, paint portals to revelations extraordinary and mundane, beckon us beyond the next threshold to reveal the treasures that await.

Guidelines

Submissions are open to anyone. Thirty winners will be selected for publication in the Common Language Project 2022 anthology, which will be available for free download. A limited number of hard copies will also be printed. Winners will also be invited to share their work at an in person reading in May (Date TBA).

  • Submissions are now CLOSED.
  • All thirty keywords must be used.
  • The keywords may be used in any order but without changes in tense or form (for example, using "lustrous" instead of "luster" or "smile" instead of "smiling" would not count toward the thirty keywords). Changes in capitalization are fine.
  • The poem must be no more than thirty lines of text in length (excludes title).
  • Submissions will be presented to our judges anonymously. Please do not include your name anywhere in the text of your submission document.
  • The Common Language Project is open to all ages, and we hope all ages of readers and writers will participate in the contest and read the anthology. Work with extreme language, violence or adult content will not be considered.
  • In the text of your email, please provide:
    • your name as you would like it to appear upon publication
    • a short bio (>100 words)
    • the city, county and state in which you live
    • the title of your submission
  • Submit your entry as a .doc, .docx, or .txt file using size 12 Times New Roman, Arial, or Helvetica font via email to [email protected]org.
  • No multiple submissions. Only the first submission will be accepted.
  • You may not re-submit without invitation.

30 Winners Receive

  • Publication in the Common Language Project 2022 anthology, and 2 contributor copies
  • $100 cash prize
  • Invitation to read their work at an in-person reading in Dallas in early May (Date and Location TBA)

THE WINNERS OF

THE COMMON LANGUAGE PROJECT: PASSAGES

ARCHIE ABAIRE "I Am Nature"

BETH BARRON "Immigrants Who Guide My Journey"

GILLIAN BARTH "Translation"

LORLEE BARTOS "Like A River"

BONNIE BLACKMAN "Death Is Not Ambiguous"

MELINDA BUCHANAN "Unmapped Journey"

BRIAN BUILTA "The Loss of a Child Is Like Another Womb, Another Dark Birth into Uncertain Light"

ALEX CHAND "the poet seeks asylum"

HELEN CHANDLER "She Bothers Me"

ELLE CHAVIS "This Responsibility Of Mine"

BRITAIN EGGLESTON "Tending the Ruins"

BRENDA GABA "Leaving Slovenia, A Quantum Leap"

ALAN GANN "The Numberless Card"

MICHAEL GUINN "A Migratory Moment"

LAYLA HEROD "To All My Unresolved Problems"

CHRISTINE HORSTMAN "Ride Or Die"

ANN HOWELLS "I Am Little Red's Sister"

CHARLES KESLER "My Trip To The Asylum"

L. J. KEYS "Divorce"

PAUL KONIECKI "Starving for words or bread or distillation"

DEBRA LEVY-FRITTS "The Perpetual Qualities of Time"

SUSAN MARDELE "Homecoming"

RYLEE MOORE "Altering Reality"

MATTHEW NELSON "The Sudden Unraveling of the Lonesome Traveler"

CHRISTOPHER SODEN "Circe"

ARTIE TURNER "scene from a bridge"

PAMELA VICTORIA "Diptych: Dallas 2022"

RUTH WOOLSON "Taking Flight"

ROBERT WYNNE "A Memory"

TROY YAMAGUCHI "Clover Boy"

 

The words of The Common Language Project 2022:

Ambiguous

Arrival

Asylum

Bindle

Bracing

Clamber

Consuming

Course

Dampen

Dusty

Extract

Figured

Forbidding

Meandering

Migratory

Outpace

Provisioned

Pulled

Quantum

Reckless

Reclaim

Roundabout

Startle

Trim

Undaunted

Underneath

Unmapped

Unto

Wearied

Will

2022 Judges

Tarfia Faizullah

Tarfia Faizullah is the author of two poetry collections, Registers of Illuminated Villages (Graywolf 2018) and Seam (SIU 2014). Tarfia's work appears widely in periodicals both in the U.S. and abroad and is translated into several languages. In 2016, Tarfia was recognized by Harvard Law School as one of 50 Women Inspiring Change. Tarfia is a 2019 United States Artists Fellow, and lives in Dallas, TX. 

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Lisa Huffaker

Lisa Huffaker creates poetry, collage, and assemblage. She is a frequent visiting artist at the Nasher Sculpture Center, a recent C3 Visiting Artist at the Dallas Museum of Art, and creator of White Rock Zine Machine, a micropublishing project offering artist’s books through sculptural vending machines. Her poetry appears or is forthcoming in 32 Poems, Diode, Spillway, THRUSH, Tupelo Quarterly, and elsewhere. Her multimedia installation, Code Room, is currently on view at Ro2 Art. Her book in progress, a collage/erasure transformation of an antifeminist marriage manual written in 1963, was recently featured at TU Delft and Cornell Tech’s 3rd Workshop on Obfuscation.

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Sherrie Zantea (Candy)

Sherrie Zantea (Candy) has been writing and performing poetry for over 28 years. Candy made the 2007 Dallas Poetry Slam Team, and to date has been on 15 poetry slam teams, the first woman to coach 10 and she is the current
CEO of the Dallas Poetry Slam Organization. In addition to her poetry slam experience, she was the Host City Coordinator for 4 Women of the World Poetry Slam Competitions,(2017-2021) International Team Poetry Slam (2020) and she is the Owner/Founder of Poetchella International Literary Festival. Previously, she was a Lead Instructors for the Literary Arts in various DFW School Districts. She created the teaching artist program for Dallas Poetry Slam that partners with youth organizations in the country. Her published work includes a poetry/recipe book "Heirlooms," a spiritual chap book “Sherrie’s Sanctuary,” and “Oak Cliff-Hangers: Stories In A Snowglobe”.

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