Contest coincides with National Poetry Month

Posted: Monday, March 28, 2011, 9:25 am

Although in "The Waste Land," T.S. Eliot calls April "the cruelest month," William Shakespeare had other ideas. In "Sonnet XIII," he describes April as a "proud-pied" young man "dress'd in...trim," putting "a spirit of youth in everything."

Whatever your opinion, it seems throughout history April has been a month that has sparked the imagination and fueled the creativity of writers. How appropriate, then, that in 1996, April was designated National Poetry Month.

Celebrate the 15th anniversary of National Poetry Month by entering the library's All-Ages Poetry Competition! To enter, pick up a form and complete set of rules at any library location. You may submit up to three poems April 1-30.

A panel of judges will review all submissions and choose three winners in the following categories: grades K-3, 4-6, 7-8, 9-12 and adult.

During fun, informal open mic events, you'll have the opportunity to hear from entrants in each category. An open mic for kids, featuring entrants in the grades K-3 and 4-6 categories, is planned on May 7 at 10 am at Old Worthington Library. Give entrants in the grades 7-8 and 9-12 categories a listen on May 1 at 3 pm. An open mic reading for adults will be held on May 8 at 3 pm.

The teen and adult events are scheduled at Scottie's Coffee & Tea House, 660 N. High Street, in downtown Worthington.

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