Call for Poetry

Entries due January 15, 2015

Poets of all ages who receive services from Northern Lakes Community Mental Health (CMH) are encouraged to enter their original poetry in the Creative Minds Changing Minds Poetry Project. Northern Lakes CMH, in partnership with the Michigan Association of Community Mental Health Boards, is sponsoring a poetry project featuring the work of poets who receive CMH services.

The project has two goals: 1) to help de-stigmatize mental illness, intellectual/developmental disabilities, and substance use disorders by showcasing the talents of people who use CMH services; and 2) to highlight the recovery and quality of life potential of poetry. The poems will be featured in a variety of venues, including the MACMHB statewide traveling art show.

To participate, the poet must be a current or past recipient of CMH services and live in one of the six counties served by Northern Lakes CMH: Crawford, Grand Traverse, Leelanau, Missaukee, Roscommon or Wexford. Poetry must be postmarked or dropped off to Northern Lakes CMH by January 15, 2015. Rules and entry form are available at: