Parks & Points & Poetry

Photo by Derek Wright.  

Photo by Derek Wright.



1. the art of rhythmical composition, written or spoken, for exciting pleasure by beautiful, imaginative, or elevated thoughts 2. literary work in metrical form; verse. 3. prose with poetic qualities. 4. poetic qualities, however manifested. 5, poetic spirit or feeling. 6. something suggestive of or likened to poetry.

In April, we will host an online poetry series in honor of National Poetry Month. We invite poetry submissions that reflect upon nature, outdoor exploration, and accompanying moments of adventurousness or self-reflection. The guidelines for submission and the FAQ are as follows:


Submit 1-5 poems, the name of the location (park, public land, or designated outdoor space) that inspired the poem or poems, and a short bio to, anytime between December 15, 2016 and March 1, 2017. You may also include relevant photographs that might accompany your poems on the website.


1. Does my work need to be about a U.S. national park?

No. Although we cover national parks on Parks and Points, this series is about exploring and celebrating the power of nature and the outdoors, and poems can be inspired by a variety of venues and landscapes. That said, we would like to include the name of the location in our short introduction to the writer and the poem, be it a national park, forest, lakeshore or seashore, a state park or natural area, or an outdoor urban space.

2. Can I submit just one poem?

Yes! You can submit one poem you love, or up to five.

3.  When will I know if my work has been accepted for publication?
We intend to let writers know by the second week in March, give or take a day or two depending on the volume of last minute submissions.

4. Can I publish my work elsewhere if it is published on Parks and Points?

You retain the rights to your work, but we ask that you credit Parks and Points as the first publisher in subsequent publications of the same poem(s).

5. Will I be compensated?
We will offer an honorarium of $15 per poem.

More questions? Email

Photo by Derek Wright.

Photo by Derek Wright.

Celeste Hackenberg earned her MFA in poetry from Sarah Lawrence College in December 2016. As a graduate student, she worked on the SLC Poetry Festival and co-created an annual Alumni Festival to showcase the talent of previous students. She also served as Art Director and submissions reader for LUMINA, Sarah Lawrence’s student-run literary magazine, for two years. Currently, she is living in Westchester county with her three cats and one person. She works in Harlem as an academic advisor at CUNY Start and writes mostly prose poems and haikus about eggs.