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Calling all young poets: we want your work!

Kent County —  For teens who felt inspired to write poetry after hearing Amanda Gorman read her inspirational poem at the Inauguration or at Super Bowl LV, it’s your time to shine.

Kent District Library is a proud sponsor of SNN
Kent District Library is a proud sponsor of SNN

The Kent District Library is now accepting submissions to the annual Write Michigan Teen Poetry Contest through Sunday, April 4.

This opportunity is open to grade 6-12 students living in Kent County, and those interested can submit up to two poems. All entries will be eligible to win a $50 Meijer gift card.

But wait, there’s more!

Students who submit their work to the contest will be invited to read one of their poems at the 5th Annual Write Michigan Teen Poetry Slam for another chance to win the $50 grand prize. Ten winners each will be chosen from the written and poetry slam contests.

The Teen Slam for grades 6-8 will take place on Thursday, April 22 at 6 p.m, while the slam for grades 9-12 will be on Thursday, April 29 at 6 p.m. Both events are virtual. Click here to submit your poems.

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Alexis Stark
Alexis Stark is a reporter, covering Caledonia, Kenowa Hills, Godfrey-Lee, Grand Rapids and is a roving reporter for GRCC, Wyoming, Kentwood and Byron Center. She grew up in metro Detroit and her journalism journey brought her west to Grand Rapids via Michigan State University where she covered features and campus news for The State News. She also co-authored three 100-question guides to increase understanding and awareness of various human identities, through the MSU School of Journalism. Following graduation, she worked as a beat reporter for The Ann Arbor News - covering stories on education, community, prison arts and poetry.  Following a stint as a copywriter for a Grand Rapids area PR firm, she transitioned from communications to freelance writing and reporting for SNN.  Read Alexis' full bio


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