2021- The Year of the Poet

During 2021, Homegrown Stories will embark on a video collaboration with poets.  Over the past seven years of this project, many of the videos created have embraced a poetic structure or feel.  This year we have commissioned four poems to serve as the ‘prompts’ for our video collaborators.

The first collaboration posting is scheduled for April 2021- mark your calendars for this first installment of The Year of the Poet.


Element: Fire

Scientists consider the acquisition of fire as the defining property separating humans from animals. Fire is not possible without oxygen- to burn, fire requires the air we breathe. Fire illuminates our world as it consumes fuel but in the wake of its destruction, fire can also be the catalyst for new life.

In this final 2020 exploration of the four elements, participating artists have been playful, meditative and even mournful as they explore the many properties of Fire.

Element: Air

We enter this world literally crying out for air and, with one last gasp, leave it.

‘Air’ inspired work that elicits a range of emotional responses – from fear, to rage, to the sublime.

It is no surprise that some of the artists addressed the current political situation.  If you’d like to get more involved in social and racial justice movements consider supporting organizations like the Southern Poverty Law Center (https://www.splcenter.org/), the NAACP (https://www.naacp.org/) or the ACLU (https://www.aclu.org/).