Because of college closings, we have extended our deadline for submissions to 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19.
This year, the poetry celebration is expanding to include an additional event. U.S.
Poet Laureate Kay Ryan, an advocate of community colleges, has joined with the Community
College Humanities Association (CCHA) and the Library of Congress to highlight the
excellent creative work that community college students can produce. On April 1 (time
and details to be determined), M.C.T.C. will link to Ryans streaming videoconference,
and we hope make time for all students who so desire to participate.
In addition, Ms. Ryan has organized a poetry competition. As the Library of Congress
website explains, [t]he poetry contestis being conducted by the CCHA for community
college students. Each participating campus will select a winning poem, which may
then be considered for the online anthology to be featured on [the Library of Congress]
site in April 2010.
So heres the plan. M.C.T.C. students (i.e. those whose home campus is listed as Maysville
CTC, the main campus or a branch), following the attached instructions, will submit
no more than two (2) poems for consideration. The English faculty at the Maysville
campus will select one poem to be sent on to Ms. Ryan and the CCHA-Library of Congress.
Though publication is not a certainty, there is a good chance one of our students
will be published online. The deadline for submitting poems to us is 3 p.m. Friday, February 19. Note: Any submissions not adhering to the attached instructions will be disqualified.
We are proud of our students and want to participate in this important project that
recognizes their potential and achievement. To read more about Ms. Ryan and her initiative
F.y.i., M.C.T.Cs own poetry competition will go on as usual, and more information
will follow soon. Please note that poetry entered in the U.S. Poet Laureate initiative
will be automatically entered into our college poetry competition. Though we are still
in the planning stages, I can tell you that award-winning writer Nikki Finney will
be our guest judge and featured reader this year! To read about Ms. Finney and some of her poetry
Contest Entry Form