The Art of Rain Poetry

On view April 27 through May 5


Thank you to the nearly 80 poets who submitted for this project!!! Stay Tuned!

Subject: The Emily Dickinson Museum seeks poems for inclusion in April 2019 public art project

Call for submissions: Released March 28, 2019

Submissions are due: Thursday, April 11, 2019 by 5PM

About the Project:

The Emily Dickinson Museum is seeking poets to participate in ‘The Art of Rain Poetry’ a 2019 ArtWeek program. Over Massachusetts ArtWeek, April 26 to May 5, watch poetry come to life on the pavement in downtown Amherst when it rains! To participate in this temporary public art project, poets can submit an original short poem to be considered for inclusion. Five contemporary poems will be selected from the submissions, and will be stenciled on the pavement in public spaces in downtown Amherst Massachusetts using a temporary, non-toxic paint that reveals itself when the pavement is wet. Poets will be credited with their work in an accompanying project webpage and via social media.

Social media followers of the project will cast their vote to select the sixth poem out of several options written by Emily Dickinson, and then follow along with the project as it goes live for ArtsWeek using #ArtofRainPoetry! This program is produced by the Emily Dickinson Museum in collaboration with Massachusetts ArtWeek and Mass Poetry.

About the Museum: The Emily Dickinson Museum’s mission is to spark the imagination by amplifying Emily Dickinson’s revolutionary poetic voice from the place she called home. The Museum comprises two historic houses in the center of Amherst, Massachusetts associated with the poet and members of her family.

About Art Week: Presented by the Highland Street Foundation and produced by the Boch Center, ArtWeek is an annual award-winning innovative festival featuring more than 500 unique and creative experiences that are hands-on, interactive or offer behind-the-scenes access to artists or the creative process. ArtWeek was born in Boston in 2013 and now serves over 100 towns across Massachusetts as the signature nonprofit community program of the Boch Center.           

About Mass Poetry: Mass Poetry believes that words matter. They support poets and poetry in Massachusetts, help to broaden the audience of poetry readers, bring poetry to readers of all ages, and transform people’s lives through inspiring verse. They are a 501(c)(3) organization.

How to Submit:

Any poet may submit one poem of his or her original work for inclusion in the Art of the Rain Poetry project. To submit please e-mail the following to

  •         NAME 

  • AGE (optional)
  • BRIEF BIO (two to three sentences telling us about yourself)
  • TITLE, TEXT, AND DATE OF YOUR POEM (pasted within the body of your e-mail)

 Selection criteria:

Please note that poems submitted for this project should not exceed 40 words. Selections will be made based on the content of the poem, its appropriateness for a general public audience, and its relationship to themes of art, poetry, and weather.

Successful poets will be notified of the inclusion of their poem by April 15, 2019.