Poetry Society of Tennessee Poetry Contest


ADULTS AND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS CAN HELP TO CELEBRATE JOHNSON CITY CENTENNIAL BY TAKING PART IN A POETRY CONTEST , HERE TO SHARE WITH US MORE ABOUT THIS POETRY CONTEST IS ROSE ? AND HOWARD CARMEN. THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE TODAY. BEFORE WE GET INTO THE CONTEST YOU ALL HAVE A SPECIAL PROCLAMATION FROM THE MAYOR OF JOHNSON CITY. WE DID, ON OCTOBER 30 PRESENTED THIS TO US AND SHE DECLARED THAT OCTOBER 3 WAS POETRY AWARENESS MONTH., I’M SORRY, POETRY AWARENESS DAY. THE CONTEST HAS TO DO WITH THE CENTENNIAL. YOU WANTED FOLKS TO WRITE POEMS, CELEBRATING JOHNSON CITY. CELEBRATING THE 150 YEARS, IT CAN BE HISTORICAL OR ANYTHING ABOUT JOHNSON CITY. THAT’S CORRECT. HOWDY FOLKS GET INVOLVED.>>THEY SEND TO THE MAIL. WE WILL HAVE INFORMATION ON THE SCREEN IN A FEW MOMENTS, BUT YOU ARE ENCOURAGING FOLKS, GET OUT THERE, IF YOU HAVE POETRY IN YOUR SOUL, PUT IT TO YOUR PAN AND GET IT DOWN. LOOK US UP, WE HAVE A WEB PAGE AND A FACEBOOK PAGE, ALL THE DETAILS ARE THERE GIVE FOLKS AN IDEA OF WHAT YOU ARE WANTING AS FAR AS THE POETRY GOES. YOU COULD DO THE CITY’S HISTORY, THE CULTURE, PEOPLE,>>PEOPLE ARE WHAT MAKES THE CITY. THE ICONIC ARCHITECTURE, THE ENVIRONMENT, THE PARKS, GARDENS , THE RELIGIOUS FREEDOM, WE HAVE A LOT OF CHURCHES HERE. AND WE JUST DON’T WANT ANY NEGATIVE DESCRIPTIONS, THEY WILL BE DISQUALIFIED BECAUSE THIS IS A CELEBRATION. IT’S CELEBRATING 150 YEARS. THE STUDENTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO USE A FORM, WHICH WOULD EITHER SPELL JOHNSON CITY OR THE SESQUICENTENNIAL. YOU WANT EACH LINE OF THE POEM TO START WITH THE LETTER, THAT MAKES THINGS A LITTLE MORE CHALLENGING. I UNDERSTAND THE STUDENTS ARE OUT FOR THEIR FALL BREAK RIGHT NOW, SO THIS IS A PERFECT TIME TO WORK ON SOMETHING, WHEN IT’S RAINING. GRAB YOUR PEN AND PAPER, HAD OUTSIDE, OR YOUR iPAD OR WHATEVER YOU WRITE ON, AND PUT THAT TALENT TO USE. AND THERE’S ACTUALLY GOING TO BE SOME CASH PRIZES? THE FIRST PLACE WINNERS WILL BE $25, THAT’S ADULT AND STUDENTS IN THE SECOND PLACE IS $15, AND THIRD PLACE IS 10, AND, THE JUDGES, AT THEIR DISCRETION CAN PROVIDE HONORABLE MENTIONS, UP TO SEVEN FOR EACH, SO WE ARE HOPING TO GET A LOT OF ENTRIES, AND AFTER THAT, THEY WILL BE PLACED IN A TIME CAPSULE. SO THAT 50 YEARS FROM NOW, THERE POEM WILL APPEAR AT THE 200th ANNIVERSARY. I REALLY THINK THE CITY FOR PARTNERING WITH US ON THIS. HAVE YOU GOTTEN MANY ENTRIES YET? I THINK JUST ONE BUT I HAVEN’T BEEN TO THE POST OFFICE YET. ARE YOU TWO PARTICIPATING, ARE YOU PUTTING THE ENTRIES IN THERE? I’M NOT, BECAUSE I’M PICKING IT UP AT THE POST OFFICE BOX. I AM. THERE ARE SEVERAL SUBJECTS THAT I’M TRYING TO CHOOSE BETWEEN. ONE OTHER THING REALLY QUICKLY, ALL OF THE WINNERS, AND THE HONORABLE MENTIONS WILL HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO READ THEIR POEMS AT A SPECIAL EVENT ON NOVEMBER 17. LOOKING FORWARD TO THAT. THAT WILL BE AT THE JOHNSON CITY PUBLIC LIBRARY AND MORE DETAILS ARE AVAILABLE ON THE WEBSITE. WE ARE GOING TO TAKE CARE OF THE INFORMATION RIGHT NOW. THANK YOU ALL FOR STOPPING BY TODAY. GET INVOLVED WITH THIS POETRY CONTEST. WE WILL HAVE MORE INFORMATION ON OUR WEBSITE, A LITTLE LATER

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