Literary Cleveland Seeking Original Writing Submissions on Theme of “Health” for Cleveland Humanities Festival

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Literary Cleveland will organize a free staged reading during the Cleveland Humanities Festival, on Saturday, March 17th and Sunday, March 18th at 7:00 p.m. at Cleveland State University’s student center ballroom. A director and actors will be hired to perform the work.

We invite you to contribute a play, poem, personal essay, short story or other literary work addressing the theme of “Health.” Contributors are encouraged to interpret the theme broadly. Submissions can be in any genre and should be less than 1,000 words. Multiple submissions and previously published work are allowed. They should be sent to [email protected] with the subject line “Cleveland Humanities Festival staged reading” by Friday, February 9th.

Examples of the types of submissions we’re seeking may include, but are not limited to:

  • Care giver experiences;
  • Doctors, nurses and medical students reflecting on their roles as providers;
  • Stories of dealing with mental illness;
  • Encounters with the health care system;
  • Reflections on aging in American society;
  • End-of-life experiences;
  • Opinions on our current healthcare system;
  • Stories about improving individual or community health.

Selections will be made by late February. In addition to having their work performed, featured writers will be recognized in the event program and from the stage.

About the Cleveland Humanities Festival

The 2018 Cleveland Humanities Festival explores the roles of health, health care, and the medical in culture and society from a variety of perspectives in history, literature, and the arts.

​The Cleveland Humanities Festival is a collaborative event celebrating the great cultural institutions of the city of Cleveland and Northeast Ohio dedicated to humanistic inquiry. The Festival engages the public in addressing some of society’s most challenging issues and pressing concerns. Coordinated by the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities of Case Western Reserve University, the Festival is partnering with our region’s major museums, educational institutions, and arts organizations. The 2018 Cleveland Humanities Festival will offer public programming which illuminates the role of the humanities in deepening our understanding of the complex ethical and personal questions that arise when the subject is health.

Acknowledgements

This program is made possible with the support of the Baker Nord Center for the Humanities, Cleveland Humanities Festival, Cleveland State University and Margaret Wong and Associates.

Questions? Please contact Lee Chilcote, Director of Lit Cleveland, at [email protected].

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