Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr.

40 Main Street, Jaffrey, NH 03452
603-532-6527 MLKJaffrey@gmail.com

Welcome to the Martin Luther King, Jr. High School Poetry Contest!

Our Poetry Contest is open to all Jaffrey and Rindge residents of High School age to encourage thoughtful and creative expression about Dr. King and the values he represents. First and Second place prizes will be awarded in each of category (written and performed).. As courage was one of the most salient features of Dr. King’s life and work, we have chosen the theme “What is Courage?” We encourage you to reflect on the meaning of courage in Dr. King’s life and work or in today’s world (or both) and create your poem.

WHAT IS COURAGE?


ORIGINAL POETRY WRITTEN OR PERFORMED


“We must build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fears.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

WRITEN POEM CONTEST DETAILS

You may use any form of written poetry you like. Word limit: 300 words.
Don’t forget to include a title.

Prizes: First place: $100, Second place: $50

Judging Criteria: Relevance to the theme, “What is Courage?”, originality of thought, creativity of expression, correct grammar and usage, and spelling and punctuation.

Deadline and Submission: Monday, Dec. 5, 2016
Submit Your Poem

Winners will be notified before Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in January and invited to read their poems at Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. Event on Monday, January 16, 5pm.

All submitted poems will be included in a special exhibit at the Jaffrey Civic Center in January.

Parental Release Forms

Please print and sign this form and use one of the following optins to submit it:

- mail or drop off to the Jaffrey Civic Center, 40 Main St., Jaffrey NH 03452

- scan the signed form and email to MLKJaffrey@gmail.com

- email a picture of the signed form via smart phone to MLKJaffrey@gmail.com

Release forms should be returned by the contest deadline to assure your participation.

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PERFORMED POETRY CONTEST DETAILS

Poetry written to be recited dramatically is called Performance Poetry, also known as Spoken Word. Such poems are featured in poetry slams, a broadly popular form of spoken art today especially among younger people.

The performance of the poem is part of the meaning. A number of websites can be found with information and advice for creating and delivering a poem in this manner. Examples of performed poetry may also be found online - see, for example:

Clementine Radics

Nate Williams (no video but the audio gives a good idea of the art form)

For our contest poems must be original compositions, may be performed by an individual or a team of up to 5 students, and should be limited to 3 minutes’ performance time. Scroll down for information about workshops being offered in performed poetry for this contest.

Prizes: First place, $100; second place, $50

Judging Criteria: Relevance to the theme, “What is Courage?”, originality of thought, creativity of expression, correct grammar and usage, and quality of performance (including clarity of presentation, appropriate gestures, conveyance of emotion). Please respect common standards of civil language.

Deadline and Submission: Monday, Dec. 5, 2016

Finalists will be invited to perform their work before an audience and panel of judges on Friday, Dec. 9, 7pm, at the Jaffrey Civic Center.
Winners will be notified before Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in January and invited to read their poems at Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. Event on Monday, January 16, 5pm.

All submitted poems will be included in a special exhibit at the Jaffrey Civic Center in January.

Submit a video recording of your poem

Parental Release Forms

Please print and sign this form and use one of the following optins to submit it:

- mail or drop off to the Jaffrey Civic Center, 40 Main St., Jaffrey NH 03452

- scan the signed form and email to MLKJaffrey@gmail.com

- email a picture of the signed form via smart phone to MLKJaffrey@gmail.com

Release forms should be returned by the contest deadline to assure your participation.

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Performance Poetry Workshops

An example performance: Joshua Bennett at the White House Poetry Jam.

Workshops in the performed poetry category: To provide students with first-hand guidance we are offering two free workshops with New Hampshire poetry slam artist Christopher Clauss. Workshops will be held directly after school in the Conant Music Room on the following dates. Refreshments will be provided.

o Wed. Nov. 16, 2:30pm – Developing your poem into a performed piece (bring your poem in any stage of progress or your poem ideas)

o Wed. Nov. 30, 2:30pm – Coaching and practice +/- recording

Workshops are free but RSVP sign-up is required. Sign up at MLK Workshop Registration or at the school office by end of school the Monday before each workshop (Nov. 14 and Nov. 28, respectively.)

Note, a video recording of your poetry performance needs to be submitted.
If you’re not sure how to do this bring your questions and phone or other recording device to the second workshop.

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Exhibits

2017 MLK Student Poetry Exhibit All submitted poems-- written and recorded-- will be exhibited in the MLK Student Poetry Exhibit at the Jaffrey Civic Center in January 2017.

Courage is an inner resolution to go forward despite obstacles.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

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QUESTIONS?

Contact MLKJaffrey@gmail.com.

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