Friday, April 10, 2009

AAPP Contest 3 Theme: Kansas Portrait(s)

Congratulations to the Ad Astra Poetry Contest #2 winners Jo McDougall, Leawood, and Gloria Vando, Mission Hills and L.A., in the professional category; and H.C. Palmer, Lenexa
Tom Mach, Lawrence Claudia Mundell, Carthage, Mo., and Solomon Valley Highway 24Heritage Alliance member; and Eli Jost , Lawrence, juvenile category.You can see their poems below.

The next theme is Kansas Portrait (s). Deadline: April 13, 2009, midnight. The goal is to write a poem (or poems) based on this theme and e-mail to

Each contest winner will receive a free book of poetry and/or Ad Astra broadsides. The Kansas Poet Laureate is the sole judge and reserves the right to choose based on her own aesthetic taste. I separate out “professional” poets—those who have published a book of poetry from a recognized press—for their own recognition. And I could not limit myself to just one in each category! This time I include a “juvenile” category as well. And please understand that all entries are winners—the acting of writing is its own success.Please paste your poem into an email (this works best) and also, if possible, attach a document file in WORD or Rich Text Format (so I can check linebreaks if there is a question). Further details and examples of my own poems are on the Kansas Arts Commission website: