April is National Poetry Month! We have several events in April for children, teens, and adults to enjoy, learn more about, and create poetry, including poetry contests for children (through grade 6), teens (grades 7-12), and adults. Below, please find the rules, and come back to this page on April 1 to view the submissions for each category! Visit us at the library between April 1 and 26 to read printed copies of the poems and to vote! Winners will be announced on Tuesday, April 30.
Poetry Events at the Library
- All month! “Exquisite Corpse” Poetry: This form of poetry, started by the Parisian Surrealist movement, is sort of like the popular game Madlibs! You start with a piece of paper folded many times, so that only one section is visible at a time. On each section is written a part of speech–noun, verb, adjective, etc. Each person fills in one word only, according to the part of speech, without looking at any of the previous words! Stop by the Circulation Desk to contribute to our Exquisite Corpse poem, which will be unveiled at the end of the month! **Click here to view a PDF of the Exquisite Corpse Poem!
- April 1-26 Visit the library to vote for your favorite poem in our poetry contests for kids, teens, and adults! (See below for full rules.)
- Tuesday, April 9, from 1-2:30 p.m., adults Literary Cafe will feature Middleton poet Susan Piccole, who will share some of her poems and lead a discussion on how poetry can lift your spirits.
- Tuesday, April 16, from 6:30-7:30 p.m., tweens age 7-12 Celebrate National Poetry Month during April vacation week with a collage workshop! Children will use a variety of papers, magazine clippings, and other materials to create unique pieces of art. Children can choose to make a visual collage, poetry collage, or both. Registration is required and will begin in late March.
- Tuesday, April 30 Poetry contest winners announced!
Poetry Contest Entries
Thank you to the 9 children who submitted poems! Please click here to view the entries, and visit the library between April 1 and 26 to vote for your favorite!
Thank you to the 11 teens who submitted poems! Please click here to view the entries, and visit the library between April 1 and 26 to vote for your favorite!
Thank you to the 9 adults and 1 staff member who submitted poems! Please click here to view the entries, and visit the library between April 1 and 26 to vote for your favorite!
Congratulations to our poetry contest winners!
Adult Contest: Susan Piccole, for “Magic”
Teen Contest: Coleman Nahlik for “The Outdoors”
Children’s Contest: 1st place: Matt de Campos for “Dear World and 2nd place: Brendan Bansfield for “I Am Afraid of Getting Married”
Poetry Contest Rules
Original poems of any length or form will be accepted. You may submit only one poem.
Entries must include a separate cover sheet with your name, grade (for teens and children), and phone number, as well as the title or first line of the poem. Your poem should be submitted on a separate sheet with no identifying information.
Entries must be submitted either in person or online between Sunday, March 3 and Sunday, March 24.
To submit in person, bring your poem to the children’s room or to the adult circulation desk.
To submit online, email…
firstname.lastname@example.org (for children through grade 6)
email@example.com (for teens in grades 7-12)
firstname.lastname@example.org (for adults).
Entries will be displayed (anonymously) in print at the library and online.
Voting—in person only—will be available at the library Monday, April 1-Friday, April 26.
We’ll have one contest for children through grade 6, one for teens in grades 7-12, and one for adults. On Tuesday, April 30, we will announce a first and second place winner for the children’s contest, one teen winner, and one adult winner.
The prize for the adult poetry contest is a $50 gift card to Angelica’s!
The prize for the teen poetry contest is a $50 Amazon gift card!
The prizes for the children’s poetry contest are a $25 gift certificate to Art’s Cool in Middleton, where children can enjoy art lessons with Deb Folsom.
More Poetry Resources
For statewide poetry events, check out Mass Poetry’s website.
Click here to visit the official website of National Poetry Month.
Click here to see last year’s National Poetry Month web page, including links to last year’s poetry contest submissions.