Corinth poetry contest deadline is extended

CORINTH – Today’s poetry writing workshop concludes the Crossroads Poetry Project’s months-long effort to help budding and experienced poets refine their skills.
With the contest deadline for submissions approaching – reset to Jan. 29 – organizers are making a final push to keep momentum going.
“We have Lee Ann Story to present Saturday’s workshop,” said Donna Stockton, an event organizer and owner of Spice of Life Books and Gifts. “She was the presenter for our last workshop and people responded well to her.”
The Crossroads Poetry Project’s first poetry contest last year was born of a conversation between Stockton and community theater actor and dramatist Autry Davis.
As they discussed a general decline of interest in poetry, they noted that National Poetry Month in April would be a good starting point to help renew public interest.
“The Haiku workshop I presented before went over really well,” Story said. “We had everyone from second-graders to grandmothers.”
Saturday’s workshop will include Haiku and also limericks.
“Haiku is a great way to educate people about poetry, but limericks are a fun style too,” Story said. “The biggest aspect of learning to write limericks is getting the rhythm down.”
Story has experience as co-editor of a collection of Haiku poems as well as limericks, and wants to share more of those poetic forms with others.
An ambitious committee developed a plan leading up to this second contest which included the series of poetry writing workshops that began last fall. There also have been monthly poetry readings leading up to the April poetry month events.
“Our new deadline is the same day as our next poetry reading,” Stockton said. “The deadline is 5 p.m. Jan. 29, then the poetry reading will be 6 to 7 p.m. at K C’s Espresso in downtown Corinth.”
The Feb. 26 reading will be at Spice of Life, and Stockton said they expect to have a special guest for the event.
“We’re making final plans for the contest and poetry month and our committee is meeting Tuesday at 6:30 at the Corinth Library,” Stockton said. “We welcome anyone who wants to join us. We’ve expanded the contest this year to include the community as well as schools, so we’ve already received a number of submissions. I’m hoping we’ll get even more than the 500 we got last year.”

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