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Reading Area Community College Announces 2018 Berks County Poet Laureate Competitions

May 17, 2018 • by Reading Area Community College
Berks County Poet Laureate Competition

Reading, PA -­ Reading Area Community College (RACC) is proud to announce the Fourth Berks Scholastic Poet Laureate and Eighth Berks County Poet Laureate Competitions. 

A $500.00 honorarium will be awarded to the winner of the Seventh Berks County Poet Laureate and a $200 honorarium will be awarded to the winner of the Berks Scholastic Poet Laureate.

The Berks County Poet Laureate and Berks County Scholastic Poet Laureate must be Berks County residents. The Berks Scholastic Poet Laureate must be a student attending a Berks County high school. The Seventh Poet Laureate is Sandra Fees, with past Berks County Poet Laureates including Nancy Yeager, Maria McDonnell, Craig Czury, and Heather Thomas. The Third Berks County Scholastic Poet Laureate is Samantha Gurnavage, a graduate of Wilson High School. Alexandra Papoutsis, a graduate of Wilson High School, and Sian Carter, a graduate of Governor Mifflin held the role formerly. 

Local poets will judge the semi-finalists and a poet of national merit will judge the finalists. Deadline to enter is May 31, 2018, and contestants will be notified by August 31, 2018. A community celebration will be held in The Miller Center for the Arts in October. 

Contest rules and entry forms are available through Reading Area Community College’s website: racc.edu/poetry

For questions about the contest, please contact Jodi Corbett, Director of Academic Partnerships, Academic Affairs. Phone: 610-607-6219. Email: [email protected].

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