Young Poets

2019 “Poets Among Us,” Young Poets Contest Community Celebration

The Jackson District Library is honored to present the 15th annual “Poets Among Us,” Young Poets Contest Community Celebration to be held on Tuesday, April 16th at 6:00 pm at the Middle School at Parkside, 2400 4th St.   This year’s Guest Poet, Kalli Dakos, award-winning author of The Goof Who Invented Homework, Why Am I Blue?, Our Principal Promised to Kiss a Pig and other delightful stories, will be our featured speaker and assist in presenting awards to our 48 winning young poets.

Kalli Dakos

We would like to thank the 852 K-12th grade student authors from throughout Jackson County who expressed themselves through poetry.  Special congratulations to the families, teachers and administrators for encouraging and supporting their efforts.  The list of award winning students, as well as the text of their poems, will be available at in late April.

For more information, please contact Rhonda Farrell-Butler, Community Engagement Coordinator, or 517-788-4099, ext. 1317.

Thanks to our Primary Sponsors:  Breakfast Rotary Club, Friends of the Jackson District Library and Jackson Literary and Art Association (A component fund of the Jackson Community Foundation).  Co-Sponsors:  Catherine Nowak and Patricia A. Poppe.

Enter the 2019 Young Poets Contest

Young Poets

The Jackson District Library is pleased to announce the fifteenth annual, “Poets Among Us: Young Poets Contest 2019.” With nearly 12,000 student entries during the first fourteen years, this event has proven to be very successful with students, teachers and parents. Over the years, entries have been received from entire classrooms, as well as students participating on their own who have a love of poetry. Poems have covered subjects as diverse as animals, divorce, hard times, family fun, friendships, sunsets, and war, to name just a few. I would like to thank you for your past support and encourage your participation in this year’s program.

The contest is open to all students in grades Kindergarten through 12 and all home-schooled students in Jackson County. Included in the attached information is a list of websites for teachers and descriptions of various types of poetry. This packet also contains the necessary materials and forms to allow you to incorporate the contest into your schedule including the Student Rules and Registration Form to be completed by each student. (One form must accompany each poem submitted.) Please note that entries must be submitted online or postmarked by February 8, 2019. To submit a poem online, fill out the form on this page.

Every poem is a possible winner, and the members of our Poetry Panel will enjoy reading all the poems they judge.

The contest packet contains the necessary materials and forms to allow teachers to incorporate the contest into the instruction schedule and includes the Student Rules and Registration Form to be completed by each student.

The poems will become the property of the Library and will not be returned, so please be sure to retain copies of your submission. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Jen Pulling at (517) 788-4099, ext. 1318 or, between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on weekdays.
Thank you, again, for all your assistance in making the Young Poets Contest such a success. We deeply appreciate your continuing support.

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