WNC Regional Poetry Competition announces winners

Press release from the Caldwell Arts Council:

The Caldwell Arts Council is pleased to announce the winners of the inaugural Western NC Regional Poetry Competition. Seventy-nine poets submitted a total of 145 poems for this competition. All poems were reviewed by preliminary judge, David B. Prather of Parkersburg, West Virginia, and award selections were made by Kari Gunter-Seymour, Poet Laureate of Ohio. Both award winners and judges will read their works during a live Zoom presentation on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020 at 7 p.m.

  • $500 First Place:     “When you tell me I’m being racist” by Catherine Carter, Cullowhee, NC
  • $250 Second:          “The Ottoman Empire” by Elizabeth Brandes, Hickory, NC
  • $150 Third:             “The River at World’s End” by Benjamin Cutler, Whittier, NC
  • $100 Fourth:           “Lessons from the Field” by Anne Maren-Hogan, Burnsville, NC
  • $75   Fifth:              “Figs” by Joyce Compton Brown, Troutman, NC

$25 Honorable Mention Awards:

  • “Nocturnal Howl Before Compline” by Jenny Bates, Germanton, NC
  • “Old Barn” by Les Brown, Troutman, NC
  • “Bluegills Take Part in the Creation of the World” by Catherine Carter, Cullowhee, NC
  • “Prayer for a New Trail” by Bill Griffin, Elkin, NC
  • “September Sunset” by Benjamin Cutler, Whittier, NC

Competition awards were made possible by a contribution from Blue Ridge Energy.

The live online poetry reading will take place on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020 at 7 p.m. via Zoom.  This event is free and open to the public, but advance registration is required. Email the Caldwell Arts Council at WNCPoetryCompetition@caldwellarts.com for the link to the zoom event.

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