Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Ad Astra Poetry Contest #6, April 23: Kansas Historic Myths

Contest 6: Kansas Historic Myths The next Ad Astra Poetry Contest theme is Kansas Historic Myths. Deadline: Thursday April 23, 2009, midnight.
The goal is to write a poem (or poems) based this theme and e-mail to
kansaspoetry@gmail. Please paste your poem into an email and also, if possible, attach a document file in WORD or Rich Text Format (RTF). Further details and examples of my own Kansas Myth poems are on the Kansas Arts Commission website: http://arts.ks.gov/.Each contest winner will receive a free book of poetry and/or Ad Astra broadsides. The winning poems will be posted on my blog, http://deniselow.blogspot.com and on www.kansaspoets.com The Kansas Poet Laureate is the sole judge and reserves the right to choose based on her own aesthetic taste. Shorter poems (under 25 lines) are easier to post on the web. Deadline for Submissions: Thursday, April 23, 2009 .

Other poetry news:

State Poets-Laureate Denise Low of Kansas and Walter Bargen of Missouri will read together tonight, Tuesday, April 21, 2009 - 7:00 pm at the Johnson County Public Library, 9875 W. 87th, Overland Park, KS 913-495-9107. Please see my blog for more area poetry events.

Veteran poet W.S. Merwin’s The Shadow of Sirius just won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for poetry. He grew up in New Jersey and now resides in Maui. In 1971 he won the Pulitzer for the poems in The Carrier of Ladders. He has published 40 books of poetry and translations of poetry. The Pulitzer committee described the Copper Canyon Press book as as “a collection of luminous, often tender poems that focus on the profound power of memory.” More information about Merwin is available at: http://www.poets.org/poet.php/prmPID/123