Calling all poets!

Feb 24, 2022

PCLA is looking for submissions for our forthcoming Living Artistically: The Poetry of Parkinson’s book, to be published this April in honor of Parkinson’s Awareness Month and National Poetry Month.

We welcome submissions from anyone in the Parkinson’s community – people with Parkinson’s, care partners, friends and family members, care providers and advocates – all are welcome to submit! Read more below on how to submit.


Save the date: we will celebrate the launch of the book with a special live virtual Poetry Jam event on Sunday, April 24.

Want to submit your poetry?
We would love to hear from you! Send your poem(s) – you can submit up to five – to [email protected] by March 31. You may send them in the body of the email, or as an attachment.


How many poems can I submit?
You may submit up to five poems. Please note we cannot guarantee we will have space for all of your submitted works. 

Do I need to live in the Los Angeles area?
No! We welcome poets living anywhere.

What form(s) and subject matters are permitted?
Poems can be in any form, and on any subject! 

My poems have unusual formatting, spacing, etc.  – is that ok?
Yes! Along with the text of your poems, please provide a PDF or image file of how the poems should look when formatted. 

Do I need to send anything along with my poem?
Please include your name as you would like to have it listed in the book (you may choose to be anonymous as well, if you would like). Please also include a short bio (2-3 sentences) that also addresses your connection to Parkinson’s. If you would like us to list your website or social media accounts you may include those as well. 

How will the book be published?
The finished book will be available for free to all as an e-publication (PDF). It will also be printed in paperback and available with a donation to PCLA. (All poets who are published in the book will receive a paperback copy).

Who will retain copyright of the included poems?
The poets will retain all copyrights to their work. As the book will be distributed as a fundraising thank you, we are asking that all poets donate their poems for the project.

We are asking all included poets to allow us the use of their poems for potential promotional use – in connection with this poetry book project only.

Questions? Reach out to us at [email protected].

The poetry book and event are part of PCLA’s Living Artistically with Parkinson’s program. This program is funded by the Sandy Yaras Hero Fund.



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