Public Service Announcement
The Connecticut Young Writers Trust – a non-profit foundation – reminds students, parents and teachers that the deadline for the 2012 competition is March 31.
The Trust hosted free workshops for young poets and writers and their teachers from around the state on March 10 at the Jumoke Academy in Hartford and at Rockville High School on March 13. The workshops were sponsored by a development grant from First Niagara Bank.
On Friday, April 13, arguably the finest respective writers in their genres in Connecticut, former state poet laureate Marilyn Nelson and best-selling novelist Wally Lamb will perform at The Hartford Club (46 Prospect Street, Hartford, CT 06103) at 7 p.m. in a fundraising event.
Since 1998, the Trust has affirmed the work of more than 7,000 young poets and writers, awarding more than $200,000 in prize money.
The current fundraising effort will determine how much prize money is awarded this year. The Trust will climax the current cycle with its annual celebration June 2 as part of Connecticut Young Poets Day at Hill-Stead Museum in Farmington (35 Mountain Road, Farmington, CT 06032), the weekend kickoff to the 20th anniversary celebration of the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival.
The annual celebration at Hill-Stead June 2 will feature the winners of Connecticut’s eight state writing competitions, a workshop and performance by 21-year-old award-winning slam poet and international hip hop star B. Yung, concerts by Chorus Angelicus and gospel legend Theresa Thomason, plus MetaFour with guitar virtuoso Jeff Howard and Andy Wrba of Barefoot Truth. Lisa C. Taylor, award-winning poet and educator, will lead a dynamic workshop for teachers in grades 8-12 called “Writing Against the Current.” The event culminates in a special featured performance by former U.S. Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Wilbur. The CT Young Writers Trust will collaborate with the Hill-Stead Museum and the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival for an extraordinary day devoted to the literary arts.
B. Yung's workshop is also partially sponsored by First Niagara.
It is the support of teachers, parents, older writers, and our generous business and professional donors that has kept this program alive for 15 years. You could also send a check to CT Young Writers Trust, PO Box 8898, New Haven, CT 06532
For more information, contact Trust Chairman Ravi Shankar, 860-938-2139 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, April 13, 2012
Wally Lamb & Marilyn Nelson at The Hartford Club