Full Bleed invites writers in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C., to participate in an exciting new collaboration with The Phillips Collection, America’s first museum of modern art.

A journal devoted to the intersection of the literary and visual arts, Full Bleed seeks ekphrastic writings inspired by works included in Pour, Tear, Carve: Material Possibilities in the Collection, an upcoming exhibition at the Phillips.

On view from March 18 through May 14, 2023, the show will explore how materials can evoke memory, reflect on time and place, and stimulate the senses. Presenting sixty-five works drawn from the Phillips’ permanent collection—spanning painting, sculpture, photography, drawings, prints, textiles, and mixed media—this exhibition will consider how artists have employed historic and contemporary art materials to act as conduits of meaning. For example, Georges Braque incorporated sand into his still lifes to create spatial tensions, while Joan Mitchell poured and twisted paint over large canvases to suggest movement and a sense of place. Dindga McCannon and Sanford Biggers repurpose torn fabrics and textiles into extraordinary, quilted objects. Simone Leigh carves terracotta to traverse links between past and present. The experiments of Alfonso Ossorio, who affixed bones, jewelry, and mirror shards to panels, and Leo Villareal, who creates complex, rhythmic LED compositions, generated new definitions of art mediums. Pour, Tear, Carve underscores how the selection and manipulation of materials can enhance a viewer’s understanding of and dialogue with dynamic examples of modern and contemporary art.

We encourage writers in the greater Washington-Baltimore region to send us ekphrastic poems and prose pieces written in response to works included in the show, a selection of which can be viewed here.

Baltimore poet Abdul Ali, author of Trouble Sleeping (New Issues Press, 2015), will read all submissions and curate a selection to be published in Full Bleed’s sixth issue.

We ask poets to submit one to five poems in a single Word document or PDF, and prose writers to submit one or two pieces in a single document totaling no more than 3,000 words. All works should be shared through our Submittable page by midnight, April 7, 2023. Selections will be made by the end of April in advance of the issue’s release in early May. (Writers in Maryland, Virginia, and DC who have previously submitted work for the issue may submit again in response to this additional call.)

About Full Bleed

Full Bleed exists to cultivate the fertile ground where the visual and literary arts intersect. Published annually in print and online by the Maryland Institute College of Art, our journal strives to inspire, critique, and inform the pursuits of contemporary artists and writers.

About The Phillips Collection

The Phillips Collection was opened in 1921 in historic Dupont Circle in Washington, D.C., by collector and philanthropist Duncan Phillips. Housed in the former Phillips home and additions to it, the collection has grown to include nearly 6,000 works, including renowned holdings of modernist art as well as a growing and diverse body of contemporary works. Following Phillips’s unconventional approach to exhibition, the galleries are frequently rearranged to facilitate new conversations between artworks. In addition to presenting selections from permanent collection and special exhibitions, the Phillips also offers dynamic education and community engagement initiatives for audiences of all ages and backgrounds, including programs at its satellite campus Phillips@THEARC.

About Abdul Ali

Mr. Ali is the author of Trouble Sleeping, winner of the New Issues Poetry Prize selected by Fanny Howe. His work has appeared in Gargoyle, Gathering of Tribes, National Public Radio, the Washington Post Magazine, Poet Lore, New Contrast (South Africa), and the websites of the Academy of American Poets and the Poetry Foundation, as well as the anthology Full Moon on K Street: Poems about Washington DC (2009). He is co-founder of Thrive Arts, an organization devoted to advising and supporting BIPOC artists and arts organizations.

Please send any questions to fullbleedjournal@gmail.com, and thank you. We look forward to reading your work.

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