Poetry Sunday Guidelines and Information

Each Sunday morning WCAI features a different local poet.

Submission Guidelines:

  • Poems for this upcoming round may be submitted through November 8, 2017. Poets will be notified in January if their poem is accepted or not.
  • Poems must be less than 2 minutes when read aloud.
  • Please do not send any attachments - provide the following in the body of your email. Your email should include, in this order: 1 poem, a brief bio or personal statement (100 words or less), and contact information including name, address, and telephone number. Email to: poetry@capeandislands.org. Important: include your name in the email Subject.
  • Call our poetry line and read your poem as a recorded message. Remember, it must be less than 2 minutes - time yourself beforehand, please, to ensure it meets the time criteria. (Don't worry: this is not what will go on air! This is just so you have a chance to convey your poetry in your own voice. Mistakes aren't a problem.) The phone number is: (508) 731-IAMB  (that's 508 731-4262). Be sure to tell us your name, too!

Additional Guidelines:

  • No hate speech or expletives.
  • Please do not contact the station or the advisors regarding your submission.

Poets for each week are selected by WCAI, with assistance from an advisory panel of published poets and editors. Final decision on what goes on air belongs solely to WCAI.

Our advisory panel:

Justen Ahren. Justen is founder and director of Noepe, Martha's Vineyard Center for Literary Arts.  In addition to directing Noepe, the former West Tisbury Poet Laureate and author of the poetry collection, A Strange Catechism, leads writing workshops in Orvieto, Italy for those wishing to cultivate a daily writing practice. noepecenter.org, justenahren.com

Lorna Knowles Blake. Lorna’s first collection of poems, Permanent Address, won the Richard Snyder Memorial Prize from the Ashland Poetry Press and was published in May 2008.  She teaches at the Brewster Ladies Library and serves on the editorial board of Barrow Street. She has been awarded a fellowship and residency from the Sewanee Writers Conference and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She lives in Cape Cod and New Orleans.

Maggie Cleveland. Maggie hails from the seacoast town of Fairhaven, Massachusetts, and develops training and certifications for Union Elevator Mechanics through the National Elevator Industry Educational Program. Her poems have been published in journals including The Offending Adam, qarrtsiluni, Fell Swoop, Newport Review, Cape Cod Poetry Review, Elephant, Flying Fish, BURP, Out of Our, and Amerarcana; as well as the anthologies OCEAN VOICES (Spinner Books), TINGUJT E ERËS: LIRIKË E RE AMERIKANE (Writers’ Union of Kosovo), and DEVOURING THE GREEN: FEAR OF A HUMAN PLANET (Jaded Ibis Press). ATOM FISH, a chapbook, was published by One Time Press (New London, CT) in 2012. Maggie received an MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College, and is a member of the National Writers Union (Boston Chapter).

Jarita Davis. Jarita is a poet and fiction writer with a B.A. in classics from Brown University and both an M.A. and a Ph.D. in creative writing from the University of Louisiana, Lafayette. She was the writer in residence at the Nantucket Historical Association and has received fellowships from the Mellon Mayes program, Cave Canem, Hedgebrook, and the Disquiet International Literary Program in Lisbon. Her work has appeared in the Southwestern Review, Historic Nantucket, Cave Canem Anthologies, Crab Orchard Review, Plainsongs,Verdad Magazine, and Cape Cod Poetry Review. Her collection Return Flights is available from Tagus Press. She lives and writes in West Falmouth, MA.

Barry Hellman. Barry is a clinical psychologist who founded, curates, and hosts the Cape Cod Poetry Group: Poetry & Music Series, publishes the Group’s Facebook page at  https://www.facebook.com/groups/263857693775152/, and leads workshops in the art, craft, and performance of poetry. His poems have appeared in Writers’ Journal, Five Hundred Tuesdays, the Aurorean, Cape Cod’s Literary Voice, World of Water/World  of  Sand, Poetica, PrimeTime , Ballard  Street , Still Crazy, Muddy River, Comstock Review, Cape Cod Poetry Review, Ibbetson Street, Poetry Super Highway, New Hampshire Poetry Society: You Must Remember This, Harbor Stage Company Playbill,  Poetry On The Bus and other broadsides, and The King Of Newark, a chapbook published by Finishing Line Press.