Calls for Participation

Call for Participation

The inPrint Collective is excited to announce that Poetry inPrint, the program that brings poets and visual artists together, is BACK! 


For this round, we’ll be combining poetry and printmaking to create a public art project around concepts of safety, taking an anti-oppressive, feminist, anti-racist and intersectional approach to “safer spaces”, particularly as they pertain to Toronto.


Poetry inPrint: In the Streets is a City of Toronto Arts & Culture SPARK Project, in partnership with Arts Etobicoke and local author Jacqueline Valencia, who will be acting as our Poet Mentor.


This project provides a paid youth mentorship opportunity for emerging poets aged 16 to 29! 

Deadline to submit is Friday, June 11th, 2021.

What’s Involved?

 * We are asking poets to think about what “safety” means to them and to create a one-sentence, or short poem. Taking our cues from actions like “Take Back the Night”, we will then silkscreen the poems at night in glow and the dark ink over August/September along Dundas and Islington (Etobicoke).

* Poets will attend one (1) two-hour workshop over Zoom with Valencia on Saturday, July 17th 1pm in which to produce this poem.

* inPrint members and poets will pick a Saturday evening to print, releasing one poem a week for five weeks, and broadcasting the printing on our Instagram Live. Poets will join us for one short printing session for their particular poem, either in person or remotely through Instagram.

* Poets will receive a $300 honorarium for participating, and inPrint will provide all necessary PPE including masks and hand sanitizer for the printmaking sessions.

How To Apply:

Please send an email to with “In the Streets” as the subject line, a short bio and statement of interest, and a short sample of your past work. Writing sample does not have to be something that was previously published! 

The inPrint Collective is a Toronto-based non-profit arts organization dedicated to fostering a love of printmaking. For more information about us, check out

Jacqueline Valencia is a writer and critic. She is the author of There Is No Escape Out Of Time (Insomniac Press, 2016) and is the founding editor of These Girls On Film, a literary editor at The Rusty Toque, and staff film critic at Next Projection. Jacqueline is a board member of CWILA (Canadian Women In Literary Arts). 

Arts Etobicoke is a not-for-profit charitable organization that focuses on improving people’s lives through the arts. We have developed an inclusive and creative community hub that is open to all people in West Toronto. We believe in providing equitable access to the arts and we are a place where everyone can freely express their art and culture through our programs, exhibitions, workshops, events, classes, and professional development.