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This April marks the 22nd anniversary of National Poetry Month. Back in 1996, the Academy of American Poets decided to dedicate the month of April to the pursuit and passion of poetry. Soon thereafter, Fresno County Public Library instituted an annual April poetry contest to promote local creativity and literacy--2018 marks the contest's 19th year!
Take part in a Library tradition and submit your poems throughout the month of April. Submitted poems will be reviewed by a talented panel of judges, in early May, and a ceremony honoring our winners and all of our contest participants will be held on Sunday, May 20 (2-3 pm) in the Saroyan Gallery at Fresno County Public Library'sCentral (Downtown Fresno) branch. Refreshments and music will be punctuated by poetry readings from the winners!
Kaylia Metcalfe-Armstrong, Children's Poetry Judge
Kaylia Metcalfe-Armstrong graduated from Sacramento State University with a degree in English (emphasis Creative Writing). She is a queer freelance writer/editor, community organizer, and volunteer. She serves as a member of the Fresno UU Social Media Team, is the chairperson of the Wawona School Site Council, and runs a local book club. She enjoys reading, writing, art, and drinking all the coffee.
Jasmine Armstrong, Middle School Poetry Judge
Jasmine Armstrong received her MFA degree in Poetry from Fresno State. She has poems appearing in many journals and anthologies. She is currently working on a doctorate from Merced University.
Michael Meyerhoffer, High School Poetry Judge
Michael Meyerhofer's fifth poetry book, Ragged Eden, is forthcoming from Glass Lyre Press in 2019. He is also the author of a fantasy series and serves as the Poetry Editor of Atticus Review. He's been fortunate enough to win the James Wright Poetry Award, the Liam Rector First Book Award, the Brick Road Poetry Prize, and other honors. For more information and an embarrassing childhood photo, please visit troublewithhammers.com.
Corrinne Clegg Hales, Adult Poetry Judge
CORRINNE CLEGG HALES was born in Tooele, Utah, and grew up in Salt Lake City. Her previous full-length books include Separate Escapes (Ashland Poetry Press, winner of the Richard Snyder Prize) and Underground (Ahsahta Press), as well as two chapbooks. Awards include two NEA Fellowship Grants and the River Styx International Poetry Prize. She lives in Fresno, California where she coordinates the MFA Program in Creative Writing at California State University, Fresno.