These last few months have been an encouraging time in Proost-world. As Pentecost comes into view its our conviction that Spirit inspired art and music is alive and flourishing. Read on ....
Before Easter we were excited to host our first ever 'Proost on Tour' event in Oxford featuring Tim Watson, Andy Freeman, Steve Leach and the most inspiring Open Mic session. UK based events are being planned or dreamed about in Portsmouth, Winchester, London, Sheffield and Glasgow amongst others. More details to follow.
However, for our friends Stateside the next two live events are taking Proost on Tour on its own transatlantic journey. On Friday 26 May we're going to holding Proost on Tour in Chicago hosted by our friend Gary Rand, his band The Many and the wonderful Live Cafe in Oak Park, Chicago. Tickets are free and will be available through the Live Cafe website shortly. Watch @ProostTweets for their release. This US date will feature The Many, an Open Mic time and sets from Andy Freeman and Steve Leach.
Then Andy, Steve and team move on to Hamilton, Ontario in Canada for an event on Sunday 28 May at the 541 Cafe in Barton Street, Hamilton. Our friend Jill Weber is lining up some local poets and musicians and we're expecting a stellar Open Mic time too. This event is free on the door (and pay what you feel its worth when you leave !) Tickets are limited and available through our Eventbrite page.
We are excited too about the new collection of poetry being submitted for our Second Proost Poetry collection. Learning to Love remains one of the best selling and widest collaborations in the history of Proost. Now an international team are putting together our second collection and this will again be made up of contributions from across the Proost family.
One of the curators Chris Goan writes "our aim is to gather voices from in and around the margins of our organised faith gatherings, and we are particularly interested in hearing from poets whose writing has not previously found a wider audience. The collection of poetry is intended to be a resource for worship, contemplation, prayer and faithful prophetic criticism."
This is how we process and select submissions;
Poems (up to 6) should fit broadly into one of the following categories/chapter headings;
• ORDINARY/SACRED - God in all things. Everything is spiritual. Heaven in ordinary.
• EVERYONE IS WELCOME - Refugees. Belonging. Inside/outside.
• RESISTING - Disagreeing well. Protest. Justice. Inequality.
• WHOLE - Restoration. Becoming. Healing. Authenticity. Vulnerability.
• WILD - Creation. Evolution. Uncivilisation. Our impact on the natural world.
• (POST) TRUTH - What is truth? Where is it? Who defines it? Trump and Brexit.
• LAMENT - The absence of God. Unfairness. Loss. Pain. Doubt.
• HOPE - Where does our hope come from? Where do we see it?
We are looking for poems with something to say - poems that open us up rather than close us down. Poetry at its best can be challenging, disturbing, uplifting, transforming and much more. If you write poems like this we want to hear from you. We are not interested in reputation or CV - rather we want to encourage those of you with a poetic/prophetic voice and let others hear it.
We will select poems for the collection if they fit the broad (and generous) ethos of the book and if they are of a quality and spiritual depth that moves us. This means that some very good poems may not be selected. We hope that you will understand that we lack the resources to give feedback on the reasons for our editorial decisions.
Here's how to get involved.....
Step 1: Form
Please complete this form to tell us a little about yourself and your work.
Step 2: Submit poems
You will receive a confirmation email following completion of Step 1 providing the instructions and guidelines for sending us your work.
We charge no fee for submitting works, and those whose poems are selected will receive a free e-copy of the book plus a free download from the Proost Website, which is loaded with all sorts of fantastic resources, music, poetry, video and much more.
Why not take a step to join in with the Spirit and submit your poetry to this second Proost Poetry Collection. We are so excited to give space for new artists and writers to emerge.
With best wishes
The Proost Team