Suite: Presidential


[The Canopic Jar Suites are now inactive but remain available as part of our archives]

The prompt for the Presidential Suite is open to liberal and organic interpretation — wherever the artist takes it or it takes the artist. We will post contributions as they are accepted by the editors, so the suite will be built gradually, thus giving each piece an opportunity to be featured individually as the suite itself evolves. Do keep in mind that there should be something about the piece that reflects the prompt “Presidential.” How it reflects it is up to the artist.  (Check out some of the other suites for examples of the concept.) Further, given the obvious topical nature of this suite, the editors would like to stress that Canopic Jar has been consciously apolitical for 30 years. While the editors and contributors themselves may have specific political affiliations, the journal itself does not. Likewise, this particular suite does not have a political agenda. Selections for inclusion will be based on artistic merit rather than political slant.


Ilya Kaminsky
          •  We Lived Happily During the War 

Marge Piercy
          •  Longest night approaching 

Neil Silberblatt
          •  Licking for Bobby 

Athol Williams
          •  An American Tale

James Toupin

 •  Ides

Dawn Promislow
          •  The red barn

Jason Heuser
          •  Reloaded: Presidential Portraits

Rethabile Masilo
          •  Night 

          •  Poem for an inauguration



Guidelines: While our emphasis tends to be literary, we encourage submissions of any genre or media that can be transmitted electronically. Poetry, prose, photographs, drawings, audio, video — artist’s choice. Please send submissions or inquiries to with “Presidential Suite” in the subject line.  Writing can be sent within the email or in an attachment (Word doc preferred). If you have other questions, please send us a note.