April 1 - 15, 2016
Each year we celebrate National Poetry Month in April with our Teen Poetry Contest. 2016 marks our thirteenth year hosting this event and we are proud to announce the renaming of the poetry contest to the Claudia Emerson Teen Poetry Contest in memory of Claudia Emerson, former judge and advocate for our teen poets.
Teens in grades 7-12 from Fredericksburg, Stafford, Spotsylvania, and Westmoreland, are invited to submit up to three original poems. Out-of-region library cardholders may also enter. Entries will be accepted between April 1 - 15, 2016, and winners will be selected from participants in two categories -- grades 7-9 and grades 10-12.
Winners will be chosen anonymously by Amanda Rutstein, Adjunct English Instructor and Assistant Director of the Writing Center at the University of Mary Washington.
Winners are awarded cash prizes and invited to read their work at Claudia Emerson Teen Poetry Night Reception at Headquarters Library, Thursday, May 19, 7:30-8:30.
In addition to the Claudia Emerson Teen Poetry Contest, this year the CRRL is having it’s first Visual Poetry Art Show, a non-juried exhibit of art works by artists aged 18 and up. All the artworks displayed will be inspired by poetry. The show will be on display from May 17- June 30, in the atrium and theater.
Claudia Emerson Teen Poetry Night Reception
Celebrate National Poetry Month by joining us at Headquarters Library on Thursday, May 19, 7:30-8:30, for poetry readings by the winners of our Claudia Emerson Teen Poetry Contest.
Refreshments will be served.
Sign-up begins April 1. For grades 7 to adult.