Student poets have been invited to compete in the Live Load Youth Poetry Competition

By Elizabeth Sully by Shawni News Star eslay@news-star.com

During the show, young poets are invited to submit pieces for the Live Load Young Poetry Competition, which now accepts poetry recommendations from students in grades four through twelve.

Poets are allowed to submit each poem to the competition, according to Brent Newsom, director of language and literature at Oklahoma Baptist University.

“The Voice of the Living Encourages young people’s poetry competition, from grades four through 12, to write poetry as a self-expression that develops the necessary reading skills and creativity,” Newsom said. Newsom said.

He revealed that the competition was initially launched in 2019 in support of Alan Superr in memory of Jim Superr, a longtime Shawn resident who was a poet who encouraged others through the monthly open mic meeting he started. Which has been going on for 30 years.

“Jim often ends these meetings with his motto, ‘Life is loud’, which gives the competition a name,” Newsom said. The competition is scheduled to coincide with National Poetry Month, which is April, and will conclude on Sunday, May 1, at 2:00 pm with a public celebration at the Shawni Public Library. Arrives “

The winners of the competition will be announced at the festival in three categories including 4th to 6th grade, 7th to 9th grade and 10th to 12th grade.

“Overall there will also be a Jim Superr Award for Best Poetry. The winners will receive cash prizes, thanks to the support of the Friends of the Possible Public Library,” Newsom said.

As a poet himself, Newsom pointed out that poetry is an art that is very easy for most people to try but is challenging enough for a few people to master.

“Encouraging young writers sends a message that their voices, their experiences and their ideas are important,” Newsom said. “Like other art forms, writing poetry promotes imagination, promotes creativity and paves the way for young people to explore new ideas and emotions; however, like any other art form, you can use paper and pen You don’t need any materials. “

When selecting the winner’s recommendation, Newsom said the judges would be looking for “the original language, clear illustrations and complementing the poet’s poetic thematic ability”.

Any type of poem on any topic can be entered in the competition.

The best aspect for Newsom to break away from this competition is to see student writers who are excited about the power of words.

“It’s always nice to see young poets sharing their work,” Newsom said.

Newsom would like to thank the potential public library partners for sponsoring the event and the support of the potential library staff, led by department manager Peggy Cook.

Students should not have more than one page of a poem and their name will not be in the poem itself but rather a submission form that can be submitted to the children’s table at the Shawni Public Library or https://forms.gle/6YvjvNz2iWipcSUs8 . .

All entries must be submitted by April 22 at 5 p.m.

Check back for updates.

“Live Voice Youth Poetry Competition encourages young people, from 4th to 12th grade, to write poetry as a self-expression that develops the necessary literacy skills and creativity.”

– Brent Newsroom

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