“Courage to Create” MLK Poetry Competition

All Kalamazoo Public School youth grades 7-12 are invited to compete in the inaugural year of the “Courage to Create” MLK Poetry competition.  Below are some important dates and events to remember:


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  1. Free “Warm-Up” Event at Kalamazoo Institute of the Arts from 6 to 8  p.m. Friday, Feb. 6 :  There will be a free, public “Warm-up at Art Hop” (February 6th) event for families at the K I A.  All KPS youth, teachers and families interested in exploring writing and poetry writing exercises may attend the February 6th Art Hop Exhibit “Insight/Second Sight II”  and participate in free writing exercises designed to encourage emerging poets of all ages to compose their own poems using art pieces in the K.I.A. galleries as inspiration. “Courage to Create” judges will also be in attendance at the event to answer questions about the competition.  The information about the Kalamazoo Institute of the Arts activities during the Art Hop on February 6 is available at the KIA website here.
  1. Poetry submissions due Friday, Feb. 13.   Submissions will be accepted from youth in Grades 7-12 until Feb. 13.  There are two primary categories: “Free/Open Verse” (student-poets submits their own original poem in any form) and “Inspired Recitation” (student-poets submit a poem composed by another author, that he or she would like to perform at the Feb. 26th Ceremony.  Winners will be selected from each grade level for each of these categories. Theme: “Confronting Injustice”.  Please see the attached flyer for more information.
  1. Final Public Round from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m Thursday,Feb. 26. Final Public Round of the “Courage to Create” Competition on WMU’s campus.  This event is part of the MLK Visitation activities at WMU and will feature the works of the KPS finalists of the competition.  Youth will read with local community leaders at the event on the theme “Confronting Injustice”.   Prizes will include Kindle FIREs, gift certificates and other college-themed prizes.

maya02 Please feel free to share this information with any parents and youth that may be interested in submitting poetry/encouraging entries to the “Courage to Create” competition!