Guidelines

Work closely with MHC staff, the Maine State Library, and a prominent Maine poet to articulate the themes that are most important to your community —and create a poetry performance that brings your community together.

We are especially keen to support proposals by people and organizations serving those who are deeply isolated from each other and the wider community, and those whose work has public impact.

Common
Questions

My organization is hosting a MHC program or received a grant, can we still apply for Poetry Express?

Yes! We encourage grantees and Discussion Project hosts to explore Poetry Express as a next step.

What is the time commitment for our community performers?

Community performers are from the region or organization who want to write or read poetry for the performance. They will attend two workshops with a prominent Maine poet and read poetry in a 1 1/2-hour performance for their community.

Do I need to be a part of an organization to apply?

Not at all. All you need is a few people you think will be interested in participating and a way to gather an audience. We can work with you to help build that audience!

Apply

Applications are open January 1 to September 1.

We award four programs a year. Organizations serving and led by members of communities traditionally under-resourced in the humanities are encouraged to apply.