Impossible Prompts

September 14, 2021 @ 3:00 pm – September 20, 2021 @ 8:30 pm America/Toronto Timezone
Online Event
A note from Elisha and Justin about their residency:
Welcome to our residency!
As part of the Precarious Festival, we’re planning a 24-hour marathon to highlight the overworking of artists. From Sept. 24th at 7PM, straight through to the evening of Sept. 25th we will be creating a chapbook of poems, while broadcasting to you via livestream. Justin will write 24 poems, and read a poem on the hour every hour, while Elisha will create 24 unique covers and assemble 24 chapbooks.
These poems and covers will be inspired by YOU.
We are asking you for the impossible. Impossible poems, that is. To raise the stakes even higher, we will not just be working around the clock, but we will be working with the toughest subjects you can think of.
We are looking for 24 prompts for poems that you think might be impossible to write. Whether that’s a prompt for a poem you have always wanted to write but never have, or a prompt for a subject you know nothing about, maybe subject matter that you have found too elusive or difficult to find any purchase in, or whether it’s something just too difficult for you to think about because of how personal it is for you.
Justin will be spending his part of the residency at TTOK researching the 24 prompts we receive from you. Send your prompt to by the morning of Monday Sept. 20th, and feel free to include as much or as little information about your prompt as you like.
Providing a prompt will cost $10, and will entitle you to one of the produced chapbooks, which you will receive by mail. Your chapbook will include all 24 poems written during the marathon, including the one based on your prompt. The cover of your chapbook will be one-of-a-kind, and it will also be inspired by your prompt. Payment details are listed on the event page.
We will announce the prompts on Monday Sept. 20th at 7PM via livestream, and the marathon will start on Friday Sept. 24th at 7PM.
We look forward to exhausting ourselves for your entertainment.
Thank you, Peterborough!
Elisha and Justin
Email prompts to
Those whose prompts are selected will be contacted for payment and shipping details.
Join us live on our YouTube channel (link in event description) Monday September 20th at 7pm for a reading of the selected prompts, and again on Friday September 24th for the marathon creation extravaganza!!
Only 24 chapbooks will be created, get your prompts in TODAY!
The event page will be updated when all 24 prompts have been selected.

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