'Dreaming to Ride' by Kathie Young


Ekphrastic Writing

Ekphrasis (noun):
a literary description of or commentary on a visual work of art. It is an
exchange between the artist and the writer who uses words to interpret, inhabit
and imaginatively engage with the artist and the work.

How can you participate?

From June 9th to June 22nd, 2023, regional writers are invited to view the artwork of the Open Sky Art Exhibit held at the Chetwynd Rec Centre in Chetwynd or online at opensky.peaceliardarts.org


Create an Ekphrastic piece or pieces inspired by the Open Sky artwork (writing can be poetry or prose, 200 words maximum per entry up to a maximum of three entries).

Send up to three submissions to Haley Bassett, Executive Director, Arts North East,
ed@artsnortheast.org by August 10th, 2023.


$10 fee per submission OR $25 ANE membership with no submission fees.

'Range Road Rambling' by Joyce Benson

Meet Moni Brar

2023 Ekphrastic Writing Juror

Moni Brar was born in rural India and raised in northern British Columbia on the land of the

Tse’Khene peoples. She has multiple nominations for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net and was the recipient of the 2022 Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Medal and the 2022 Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Emerging Artist Award. A finalist for the Montreal International Poetry Prize, she has received writing awards from PRISM, Grain, Room, The Fiddlehead, and The Ex-Puritan. Her work appears in Best Canadian Poetry, The Literary Review of Canada, Hobart, the League of Canadian Poets’ “Poem in Your Pocket” postcard series, and elsewhere. She believes art contains the possibility

of healing.


How it works:

  • One piece of writing will be chosen for the Distinguished Award with up to nine additional pieces of writing selected for recognition by award-winning Poet Moni Brar (results will be announced by August 25th, 2023).

  • Distinguished Award receives $200 and 5 greeting card prints of their work with pieces selected for recognition receiving 5 greeting card prints of their work (produced by Arts North East).

  • The selected Ekphrastic Writers will be invited to read their work at a coffee-house gathering in September 2023 (date to be determined).

Enjoy past Ekphrastic Readings


Please contact Haley Bassett at ed@artsnortheast.org with any questions regarding Ekphrastic Writing.