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poetry contest about Mississippi River: EcoArts Fest

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    MISSISSIPPI RIVER POETRY WRITING & READING CONTEST http://www.artstart.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/Mississippi_River_Poetry_Contest_Information.pdf
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 18, 2013



      Contest entry form:

      This poetry contest is held in conjunction with ArtStart’s 6th Annual
      EcoArts Fest, a free, familyfriendly
      celebration of the “Spirit of the Mississippi River.” The Mississippi
      River Poetry
      Contest, for poets 18 years and older, is about the written word and
      about bringing poetry alive
      by reading out loud. The contest will result in naming a 2013 Poet of
      the Mississippi River.
      Five finalists will read their poetry at the Harriet Island Regional
      Park, Saint Paul, on Saturday
      morning, May 18, 2013. Each will give a brief, timed reading on a small
      stage with a
      microphone at an indoor pavilion on the banks of the Mississippi River.
      Three judges will decide
      the winner who will receive $250; the other four finalists will each
      receive $100. The winner will
      be introduced as the 2013 Poet of the Mississippi River during outdoor
      ceremonies and a
      processional that opens the EcoArts Fest in the early afternoon. The
      poet will read his or her
      Mississippi River poem and receive the cash prize and a piece of
      artwork by a regional artist.
      The EcoArts Fest and the poetry contest flow into the mission of
      ArtStart, a non-profit
      organization, to inspire artistic creativity and illuminate the
      connections among people, ideas,
      and the environment through engaging youth, families, and communities
      in quality arts and arts
      education experiences.
      Poets entering the contest should consider what poet John Rezmerski,
      coordinator of Cambria
      Eisteddfod, another Minnesota poetry aloud event, calls “the bardic
      tradition.” The role of a bard
      is part of many cultures beyond Celtic, from the dalang in Indonesia to
      the griots of Western
      Africa. Throughout history, the bard has been associated with spiritual
      power and even magic, as
      well as with preserving the history of a culture and explaining the
      origins of the natural world.
      The contest is for writers 18 years and over. Young people interested
      in poetry may join the
      audience at the recitation contest and visit the Word Flow tent at the
      EcoArts Fest in order to
      meet poets and share poems. ArtStart offers school-based classroom
      residencies to support
      students in writing poetry as well as in making art. Students from
      schools involved in the Two
      Rivers Art & Poetry Project are among the participants at EcoArts Fest.
      Following are the contest rules, also posted online at
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