Celebrating Poetry

National Poetry Month is a marvelous way to celebrate the expressiveness, delight, and pure charm of poetry. This month allows us to change our perspectives and look upon poetry as a rhythmic art. Celebrate with our Teen Poetry Contest, book lists, resources, and more.

Poetry & Writing Events

Calling All Teen Poets!

Accepting Poetry Submissions: April 1-15

Each year we celebrate National Poetry Month in April with our Claudia Emerson Teen Poetry Contest.

2024 marks the CRRL’s 21st year hosting this event, named in memory of Claudia Emerson, former judge, and advocate for our teen poets.

Winners are awarded cash prizes and will be invited to read their work at Claudia Emerson Teen Poetry Night. Entries will be judged by local poets Laura Bylenok and David Anthony Sam.

There are two categories, Grades 6-8 and Grades 9-12 only. Maximum of two entries per person.

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