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Voices of the Earth

Celebrate Voices of the Earth at City of Boise 50th Anniversary of Earth Day Event

Call for Readers and Writers Form

Have you written a nature poem that spoke to others, or been moved by a nature poem that spoke to you? Have you taken a hike that has inspired you to write a story or essay about it? Do you or your family have poems or stories passed down from generations about the human-environment experience? We invite you to submit your original pieces of writing, or to share a piece of writing that has inspired you as long as you give credit to the original author.

Voices of the Earth is looking for readers and writers of all ages to participate in the City of Boise’s 2020 Earth Day event. Voices of the Earth is a yearly reading series that seeks to celebrate perspectives on the human-environment relationship through engaging storytelling and poetry.

Now in its third year, our 2020 event will be part of the City of Boise’s 50th Earth Day Celebrations, and will take place in JUMP on April 22nd from 4-8 p.m. Each chosen reader will have the opportunity to read a poem or two or an excerpt from a short story or essay (3-5 minutes) in front of an audience at the event. If your reading requires more than 5 minutes, please include your time requirements in the AV section.

The event is split into three blocks: Student Readers & Writers, Community Writers, and Slam Poets (curated by Big Tree Arts). We are currently looking for readers for our Student Readers & Writers and Community Writers blocks. 

Student Readers & Writers

We are looking for students (11+) to participate in our Student Readers & Writers segment. Middle school, high school, and college students are encouraged to submit their best nature and conservation-themed stories and poems. They can also submit a nature-inspired piece by their favorite author! 

 Community Writers

We are looking for professional and amateur writers (18+) from across the Treasure Valley to participate in our Community Writers segment. Writers from all walks of life are encouraged to submit their best nature- and conservation-themed fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. In previous years, community readers have included BSU and CWI faculty, members of local conservation organizations, local poets & playwrights, local refugees, and Boise City Council members.