Posted on: March 27, 2021 Posted by: Glacier Staff Comments: 0

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Do you rap? Perform spoken word? Write traditional poetry? If so, it’s not too late for you to enter the MV Poetry Contest.

The sponsors of the contest, the Moraine library and The Glacier, have decided extend the deadline for submissions to midnight Thursday, April 1.

“We already have some wonderful poems about love, loss, longing, and searching for the meaning of existence,” says communications and literature professor Amani Wazwaz, one of the organizers of the contest. “We are hoping by extending the deadline, we can include even more student voices.”

Poets who wish to enter the contest need to record themselves reading an original poem that is no longer than five minutes and submit it to The library staff is available to help with recording if necessary.

The contest will culminate in a Virtual Coffeehouse event on Thursday, April 15 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Winners will receive prizes and will be announced live during the event.

Organizers are also looking for singers and musicians to showcase during the event. Interested students should contact communications and journalism instructor Lisa Couch at (Students don’t need to enter the poetry contest to be featured as a musician.)

To attend the free event, members of the Moraine community and the community at large should register here.

“The rich diversity of voices already present in the contest is a wonderful show of the diversity on campus,” Wazwaz said. “We are excited to showcase these poets.”

She has a message to students who may be shy about entering: “Let your voice be heard!”

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