August 1st, 2013

Gay Head Lighthouse Poetry Project

The Martha’s Vineyard Institute for Creative Writing

and the Martha’s Vineyard Poetry Society

in conjunction with

The Save the Gay Head Light Committee

Announces the Lighthouse Poetry Project


“…hunger for the sea’s edge, the limits of the land,

            where the wild old Atlantic is shouting on the sand…”

~John Masefield

Write a poem about the Gay Head Lighthouse.  Capture its beauty, marvel at its history, reflect on its seeming (and illusionary) timelessness, find words for your feelings when you married there, stood there as a child, first saw it from afar, or watched fireworks explode over Devil’s Bridge.  Write of the sea’s edge and eroding cliffs, of the wild Atlantic and the limits of the land, and of this beacon of light at the edge of our island.

Help The Save the Gay Head Lighthouse Committee in its race against time with a poem.  Keep on shining with your tribute to the Gay Head Light and let the light keep on shining too.

Selected Poems will be published in a limited edition, letter-presshand-bound book. All sales will benefit the Town of Aquinnah’s Gay Head Lighthouse Fund.

Editor, Alexander Weinstein. Co-editors: Keith Leonard and Fan Ogilvie.


Up to 3 poems per person of any style or length (prose poems accepted) should be sent by January 1, 2014 to

All winning submissions will be notified by email in February 2014.

Email highly preferred.  If absolutely necessary, hard copies may be sent to Town of Aquinnah Lighthouse Poetry Project, 65 State Rd. Aquinnah, MA 02535



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