Poets in Parks Residency at Gettysburg


National Parks Arts Foundation & Poetry Foundation

POETS in PARKS! (SEPTEMBER 15th - OCTOBER 12th, 2019)
A POETRY EMPHASIS RESIDENCY in the National Parks at Gettysburg National Military Park. Sponsored by the POETRY FOUNDATION.

DEADLINE: March 2nd, 2019

NOTIFICATION: June 15th, 2019



An NPAF Residency Dedicated Exclusively to Poetry and the Word

This partnership requires the BEST in public engagement opportunities for poets of all kinds. Please, let us know, in the most amazing detail, how you would share with the public how important your poetry is, at these amazing venues. if YOU are chosen for this opportunity. We need to know how you plan to engage the audience.

Show us why we would love to work with you and how your next poetry project and public reading at one of America's Most Iconic Battlefields would work best at Gettysburg NMP.
Residency runs from September 15th to October 16th, 2019
DEADLINE: March 2nd, 2019

Each AiR will have a $1000 STIPEND/REIMBURSEMENT.

Notification on June 15th, 2019. Only selected poets and finalists will be notified.


Poets will be selected, jointly, for the 2019 programs, by the National Parks Arts Foundation and the Poetry Foundation, with consultation by the Gettysburg Foundation. 

Candidate selection will be based upon the candidate’s proposal for using the artist-in-residence period to produce literary art that coveys the story of Gettysburg, reveals the importance of historic American Poets, and for engaging the public through readings, displays, or other means of communicating the candidate’s response to the Gettysburg National Military Park experience. 

The poet-in-residence will also be encouraged to present work by other poets that is relevant to Gettysburg and/or the Civil War. 

POETRY EVENTS derived from the Poets-in-Parks program are to be held in Gettysburg National Military Park, and at The Poetry Foundation in Chicago and at another venue (to be determined) in Washington, DC.

The public engagements by the Poets may take place within the park, during the artist-in-residence period, and/or at later events and venues organized jointly by the National Parks Arts Foundation and the Poetry Foundation. 

Poets applying to the Poets-in-Parks program will make himself/herself available for future events related to the program for up to THREE YEARS from the beginning of the artist-in-residency in Gettysburg National Military Park.

The DEADLINE for candidate’s submission of applications is March 2nd, 2019

AiRs run consecutively,  starting the 15th of each month, (or after a weekend or federal holiday  closest to the 15th) and end on the 12th of the next month (or before a  weekend or federal holiday closest to the 12th).

* All applicants MUST indicate on their submission materials the AiR for which they are applying.

Artists  will be expected to have a continuous public and visitor presence  throughout their residency. Further, the artist will present, at  minimum, one 1-hour public program, workshop, concert or lecture during  their residency at Gettysburg National Military Park during their stay.  This can be presented either the park or another venue as deemed by NPAF  and NPS. Poet/Artists must provide their own transportation, supplies  and equipment for these presentations. We also encourage poet/artists to  give more public presentations at the park and in their own community  about their residency experience in Gettysburg National Military Park,  to further broaden the reach of the program’s purpose and the goals of  perpetuating poetry and it's importance.

Other presentations or activities will may be scheduled by  arrangement with NPS. The artist will usually present at least one  workshop, lecture or concert and the possibility of an arts donation for  the NPS National Museum Collection. This can be presented either the  park or another venue as deemed appropriate by NPAF and NPS. ALL EVENTS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE AND/OR CANCELLATION.

AiRs run consecutively, starting the 15th of each month, (or after a weekend or federal holiday closest to the 15th) and end on the 12th of the next month (or before a weekend or federal holiday closest to the 12th).

PLEASE NOTE: The status and updates of all proposals are the responsibility of the applicant through Submittable.com. We thank all applicants for their interest and continued support. However, only those candidates selected as winners and alternates will be contacted.

For ease of coordination and communication with the Park Service,  Artists or Artist couples must schedule their arrival between 10-3 on  federal work days, and must have their own transportation for the month  of the residency. 

Artists need to provide all of their own insurance for liability, health, covering, but not limited to art supplies, equipment, personal items, reliable transportation and any insurances governing commercial permitting for required park permits. NPAF nor NPS will provide any insurance for any part of the Artist-in-Residence program. Artists should be self-sufficient, independent and enjoy working in a public, culturally sacred environment and able to commit to the full Artist-in-Residence (AiR) term. The AiR artist must remain accommodating to inquiring park visitors because of the thoroughfare of their location and/or workspace. The artist is expected to comply with all park regulations and policies governing park employees, volunteers and visitors.

The participating artists will donate an original piece of work inspired by their residency in Gettysburg National Military Park to the NPS at the park, through the NPAF. Donated work must be received no later than a year after the artist’s residency. Artists are required to provide copyright of donated artwork to NPAF.

This opportunity is open to people from all countries. All prospective candidates from outside of the United States must ensure their own proper documentation as it pertains to this opportunity within and to the United States. NPAF will do what we can to assist you with this as we have included many international artists.

The artist-in-residence program may be canceled or interrupted due to a government shutdown, for unforeseen circumstances or during any hazardous weather conditions including, but not limited to, poor environmental levels, fire danger, etc. The balance of the residency term may be negotiated to be made up at a later date, but NPAF cannot guarantee or be held responsible for AiR interruptions or cancellations because of Government decisions, inaction or natural causes.

All terms herein may change, without notice, and are subject on the approval of the NPS, NPAF and other governing entities. Only the selected artists will be notified of resulting selected poets. The entire program may be delayed, changed or cancelled, to which NPAF, NPS and any affiliates will NOT be held accountable or responsible. No refunds will be issued. Only select applicants will be notified of their acceptance and standing with the AiR program for which they applied.All AiR participants may be required to accept further conditions contracts and agreements including but not limited to; back-ground checks, codes of conduct, special use permits, J-1 visas,rules and regulations, housing agreements, volunteer-in-the-park (VIP) artist contract and any other apparent and unforeseen agreements required of any governing entity, namely the National Park Service, NPAF and/or NPS concessionaires. All funding is subject to U.S and international laws.

Opportunity Opens

Sunday, Jan 13th 2019

Opportunity Closes

Saturday, Mar 2nd 2019, 11:45pm

Application Location

External Site
MN Artists