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Power of the Arts Calls for Poem Submissions

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Power of the Arts, Lit Youngstown and Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership seek poems from poets in Trumbull or Mahoning counties with the winning poems to be painted on murals, one each in Warren and Youngstown.

To qualify, a poet must have an affiliation with Trumbull and Mahoning counties, such as being a current resident, or current or former student. There is no length specification, but shorter, more succinct poems or excerpts are preferred. The contest is open to poets of any age. Winning poems must be appropriate for readers of all ages. Poems will be judged anonymously. Only one poem per poet will be accepted for submission.

The murals will be designed and painted by students of Youngstown State University painting professor Dragana Crnjak. Mural sites have not yet been selected.

The deadline for poem submissions is Dec. 1. Send submissions to

The literary murals will be funded through an IOBY campaign, which will also fund paid internships for students to work at qualifying arts and culture nonprofits.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.