We live in a world where nearly 1 person is forcibly displaced every two seconds. According to the UN Refugee Agency, 68.5 million people around the world have been forced from their homes as a result of conflict, persecution, or violence.
World Refugee Day is celebrated internationally on June 20th, in recognition of the honor, strength, courage, and perseverance of millions of refugees worldwide. This event will be virtual on June 19, 2021 from 6pm to 8pm.
Submit your work by May1, 2021 to be considered for a virtual reading at our city-wide celebration for World Refugee Day 2021 on June 19, 6pm to 8pm, hosted by the San Antonio Museum of Art.
All submissions will be considered for publication on our website and a poetry collection to be available on World Refugee Day 2022.
Contributors will be selected for a paired reading with a local or regional poet/writer/author and receive a special recognition certificate from the San Antonio City Office of the Immigration Liaison.
Everyone selected to read a poem for the World Refugee Day 2021 virtual event as a runner up will receive a $25.00 honorarium. One poet will receive a $200.00 poetry prize and a featured publication in Welcome: A Poetry Declaration publication to be released on World Refugee Day 2022.
We encourage poetry told by those who have experienced displacement due to persecution, conflict, violence, or human rights violations. We want poetry told from the point of displacement to the strength and resilience for survival and everything in between.
We also encourage poetry from the perspective of allies with direct experience as activists who fight against human rights violations suffered by immigrants and refugees.
You will be sharing the virtual stage hosted by San Antonio Museum of Art with San Antonio’s Inaugural Poet Laureate and 2015 Texas State Poet Laureate, Carmen Tafolla, San Antonio’s 2018-2020 Poet Laureate, Octavio Quintanilla, The Foreign Arm, and many more powerful and celebrated poet voices.