Spokane Arts creates and promotes arts and culture in our region through grantmaking, arts programming, advocacy, and professional development. We work to amplify Spokane as the cultural hub of the Inland Northwest. Spokane Arts is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that is overseen by a governing board (formerly known as the Spokane Arts Fund board) as well as advised by the Spokane Arts Commission, a volunteer board of artists and arts advocates. Find more information at www.spokanearts.org.

Thank you for your interest in In the Neighborhood! This open poetry project was created by Spokane Poet Laureate Chris Cook and Spokane Arts to collect and share poetry paying tribute to Spokane's neighborhoods from Spokane residents past and present! Original poems will be collected and shared online, www.spokanepoetry.com

  • Open to all current or former Spokane-area residents
  • All ages welcome
  • Free entry
  • Submissions reopened through Dec 2022
  • One entry allowed per person
  • Only original poems are accepted
  • Any poetic style
  • Poems welcome in all languages
  • Minimum 3 lines, maximum 30 lines
  • Single-spaced
  • Vulgar/offensive language not accepted
  • By submitting a poem, you accept that your poem will appear online (some entries may be included in a printed anthology at a later date).
  • Spokane Arts reserves the right to not publish a poem for any reason
    Interested poets should submit a single poem via the Submittable portal below,

After filling out the form below, please submit a single poem in .doc, .docx, or .pdf file. Please also include your name, address, phone number, email address, and the Spokane neighborhood your poem is about in the heading of the page. (Your poem does not need to be about the neighborhood you live in currently, but it should be about a specific neighborhood, place, or area. It can be about a neighborhood you lived in previously, a landmark you work near, a park you enjoy visiting, a road you walk down regularly, any place in Spokane that inspires you to write a poem about it!) 


Questions? Contact Spokane Arts (shantell@spokanearts.org).

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