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Submissions open for RMOW’s Poet’s Pause competition

Winning poems will receive $200 and be displayed in Alta Lake Park
E-Arts2 Arts Briefs Poet's Pause 28.35 PHOTO BY MIKE CRANE : RMOW
Giant Adirondack chairs at the south end of Alta Lake Park, one of two sculptures displaying winning entries to the RMOW's annual Poet's Pause competition.

Whistlerites who have a way with words are invited to contribute the Resort Municipality of Whistler’s (RMOW) annual Poet’s Pause competition.

Every year, the RMOW invites local writers to submit original, unpublished poems for the spring contest. Winning poems will receive $200 and be displayed at one of two Poet’s Pause sculpture sites in Alta Lake Park.

A public art concept created by the late Joan Baron, the sculpture sites were designed with the intention of inspiring creativity. Submitting writers are asked to pen a poem under themes correlating with each sculpture: the theme of “Listening” for the art piece made up of large metal chimes called “Lost in Sound,” and the theme of “Togetherness” for the large Adirondack chairs titled “Lakeside Couple” located at the south end of the park. Poems can be submitted for one or both themes and should be no longer than 240 words.

Winning entries will also be read aloud at a council meeting in April, which coincides with National Poetry Month. 

"The Resort Municipality of Whistler’s public art program continues to nurture the arts and brings a rich variety of artistic work into Whistler for the benefit of the community and visitors,” said Whistler Mayor Jack Crompton in a release.

The deadline for submissions is Thursday, March 10 at 3 p.m. Email resortexperience@whistler.ca to submit a poem.

Learn more at whistler.ca/poetrycompetition.