In celebration of National Poetry Month in April, there will be a public poetry reading at the Multicultural Center. All poets entering poems in the 2012 Student Poetry Contest, a project of Alameda's Poet Laureate Mary Rudge, are invited to read their poems. There will also be an Open Reading by poets of any age. Prizes will be given to students and refreshments served.
The 2012 Student Poetry Contest is open to students in Grades 3-12 and takes place from April 1-25. Poems must be submitted by April 25th for judging. There are three categories of poems: Category 1 for Grades 3-5, Category 2 for Grades 6-8, and Category 3 for Grades 9-12 with prizes given in each category. Poetry may be written in any form, on any subject, and may be handwritten or typed. There is no limit to the number of entries for each student, but there is a 24-line limit per poem.
Rules for the 2012 Student Poetry Contest are found on the attached flyer or may be obtained by calling 510-521-9405 or e-mailing the Multicultural Center at <firstname.lastname@example.org>. Computers are available at the Center for students to write their poems, or poems may be dropped off at the Center in the community Poem Home Box or e-mailed to <email@example.com>.