Poets in the Parks Gettysburg National Military Park



Location: Gettysburg National Military Park, Gettysburg, PA, USA


Deadline: July 20th, 2017

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Cost: The residency is free. NPAF is glad to offer a $1000 stipend for this residency, from the Gettysburg Foundation. There will also be reimbursement available for the Poetry Tour Segment of the Residency. This residency includes a 3-city tour for poetry readings in Washington, Chicago and another city to be determined. NPAF will notify the residency if the support picture changes due to donor gift or other grant.


Application Fee: Application fee of $35 (single) $70 (couple)


Mission: NPAF offers in-park residency at one of the most beautiful iconic battlefield parks of the United States Civil War. This residency is open exclusively to poets, and is sponsored by Poetry Foundation.

Now at Gettysburg for 5 years, The National Parks Arts Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to the promotion of the National Parks of the U.S. through creating dynamic opportunities for artworks that are based in our natural and historic heritage. All NPAF programs are made possible through the philanthropic support of donors of all sorts ranging from corporate sponsors, small business, and art patrons and citizen-lovers of the Parks. NPAF is always seeking new partners and donors for its wide-ranging artist-in-residence programs.

Founded in 1893, Gettysburg National Military Park is a United States National Park located outside the town of Gettysburg in the U.S. State of Pennsylvania. The park contains most of the key historical sites and memorials of the most famous battleground of the Civil War, which took place in 1863. It was also the site of Lincoln’s celebrated speech at the dedication of the Union forces cemetery, and over one thousand different memorials to the Union and Confederate soldiers who fought and died there. The Gettysburg National Military Park is also a popular destination for visitors and Civil War re-enactors alike, as well as a scenic parkland filled with orchards, woods, militaria, and old farmhouses. There are also a number of underused outbuildings that may be used by artists by special arrangement with the Park Service.





Number of Artists: One or two. Poet Couple accepted (Application Fee applies)


Length of Stay: This is a one month residency runs from September 15th to October 16th, 2017.


Accommodations: The residency includes private in-park furnished housing in the historic Klingel Farm House which was standing and central during the battle of Gettysburg in 1863. It is spacious and also includes a nearby barn studio as well as several possible work spaces inside the house. Cable TV and Internet included.


Demographic/Medium: This residency is open to Poets writing at all levels of experience, from the US or Internationally (Visas and possibly other Federal permits will apply). This residency, sponsored by the Poetry Foundation, is for Poets exclusively.




Benefits: Time, Quiet, Solitude, Space and Bucolic Beauty.
On-Site residence in the heart of Gettysburg National Military Park, a unique park complex that contains battlefield sites, a thousand memorials, the famous Cyclorama painting by Philipoteaux, and a National Cemetery inside its boundaries.
A venue for workshops or public readings of prior poems or work in progress. Direct contact with visitors to the park. If the Poet is interested in additional public interaction or performance, they may propose their ideas in the application.
Teaching Opportunity.
$1000 Stipend
A sponsored reading tour after the residency with stops in Washington, DC and Chicago at the Poetry Foundation.
A chance to donate poems and notes, through NPAF, to the National Parks Collection and become a part of America’s National Heritage.
Artist Studio space as part of residence available.
No residency fee.

Banner Image (top): Brandi Yu, “Lead/Lead,” 2017, bullet lead cast into letters from Walt Whitman’s civil war poetry laid out on Gettysburg battlefield, B. Martin-Yu




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