Live Culture Coast Announces Request for Burma Shave–Style Poems


Coos Bay, Oregon July 9, 2019
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Marcus Hinz, Executive Director Oregon Coast Visitors Association

Live Culture Coast Announces Request for Burma Shave–Style Poems

  • Selected poems to be mounted on road signs in support of 10-day “sensory celebration” along the Southern Oregon Coast October 18 – 27

  • This is the first year for Live Culture Coast, which offers 75-plus experiences hosted by the makers, creators, and entrepreneurs of the Southern Oregon Coast



Tuesday, July 9, 2019, COOS BAY, Ore.Live Culture Coast invites Oregon’s writers, poets, and creatives to submit short poems for the first-ever Live Culture Coast, a sensory celebration of fermentation, creativity, and exploration set along the edge of the continent, amidst the wilds and wonders of the Southern Oregon Coast.

Three jury-selected poems will be painted on a series of road signs, Burma Shave-style, to be erected at points on the Live Culture Coast route—the southernmost 135 miles from Reedsport to Brookings.

“We want residents and travelers alike to feel the spark of joy that one of these poems can deliver,” says Live Culture Coast Creative Director Amber Peoples. “Whether you happen upon the poems while exploring or set out to find them, ‘place-based publishing’ adds an element of surprise and delight to the Live Culture Coast experience.”

Up to ten additional poems will be published on Live Culture Coast outlets such as the event guide, website, and social media. The deadline for submissions is Friday, August 2. Parameters and details for the contest are available here.

The poems must follow the Burma Shave format: five lines of one to four words each. Lines 2 and 5 must rhyme. The poems should capture the spirit and experience of Live Culture Coast and the Southern Oregon Coast. Poets may explore themes of fermentation and effervescence, coast communities and human possibilities, natural wonder and the experience of place. The contest submission form can be found here.

About the First Annual Live Culture Coast (October 18 – 27, 2019)

Live Culture Coast isn’t a single event, but a series of possibilities for every type of traveler. The 10-day celebration offers a rich menu of 75-plus experiences hosted entirely by the makers, creators, and entrepreneurs of the Southern Oregon Coast. The events take place along trails and shores, and at farms, visitor centers, and businesses along the Southern Oregon Coast route.

Forage for mushrooms with a farmer. Learn about fermentation, cask ales, and aromatic bitters. Ride a fat-tire bike on the beach at low tide. Hike with all five senses. Indulge in a lake-to-table meal. Live Culture Coast is hands-on, experiential, and designed to pique curiosity. Live Culture Coast gives participants a deeper travel experience—one that delivers a personal connection to people, places, and communities of the Southern Oregon Coast.

“The Southern Oregon Coast is an incredibly rich place, full of natural beauty and possibilities,” says Marcus Hinz, Executive Director of the Oregon Coast Visitors Association, a primary sponsor of Live Culture Coast. “There are four Wild and Scenic Rivers, the Wild Rivers Food Trail, the Oregon Coast Trail, the new Whiskey Run Mountain Bike Trail, and countless natural places. And yet, because it’s a little farther afield, the Southern Oregon Coast is the least-visited area of the coast. Live Culture Coast gives people many reasons to go and totally unique ways to experience it.”

The arts—and giving people opportunities to experience and create art—is an important part of Live Culture Coast. Not only are the arts an expression of the human spirit, but arts and culture can have positive impacts on the tourist experience and contribute to economic vitality.

Visitors to the Southern Oregon Coast spent $58.3 million on arts, culture, and recreation in 2018, up from $51.1 million in 2008, according to a statewide tourism report released in March.

“Art, fermentation, nature, science, and people all share a sense of energetic possibility. What happens when different people, ecosystems, microbes, ideas, and stories come together?” asks Peoples. “Live Culture Coast invites all people to come, to stay curious, and to find out.”


Additional Resources

The complete list of Live Culture Coast experiences will be announced on on July 29.
Find more about Live Culture Coast on Facebook and Instagram.

Live Culture Coast Sponsors

About Oregon Coast Visitors Association (OCVA)

OCVA is the official Regional Destination Management Organization and promotional entity for the entire Oregon Coast, as designated by Travel Oregon. Our members’ collective mission is to inspire travel and strengthen collaboration to create and steward a sustainable coastal economy.

About Travel Oregon

The Oregon Tourism Commission, doing business as Travel Oregon, works to enhance visitors’ experiences by providing information, resources, and trip- planning tools that inspire travel and consistently convey the exceptional quality of Oregon. The commission aims to improve Oregonians’ quality of life by strengthening the economic impacts of the state’s $11.8 billion tourism industry that employs more than 112,000 Oregonians.

About Travel Southern Oregon Coast (TSOC)

Travel Southern Oregon Coast— in partnership with businesses, agencies, and coast communities— works to promote and develop travel and tourism opportunities along the Southern Oregon Coast, from Reedsport to Brookings.