Poetry contest a team effort

Published: 5/22/2022 6:47:56 PM
Modified: 5/22/2022 6:47:38 PM

After three years, the Poet’s Seat Poetry Contest celebrated with an in-person ceremony at Stoneleigh Burnham School on May 17, where 20 poems from Franklin County residents were read, heard, appreciated and celebrated. While the annual contest, sponsored by the Friends of the Greenfield Public Library, had contests in 2020 and 2021, the community wasn’t able to come together to honor the finalists due to the Covid-19 pandemic. (Thanks to The Recorder for sharing the news by printing the youth and adult finalist poems during this time.)

Hearing the finalists’ diverse poems and participating in-person adds a moving dimension to the creative work of these finalists (and all of those that submitted their poems this year). Thanks and sincere appreciation are in order to the judges of the contest: Lynne Pledger, David Ram and Cindy Snow (Adult category judges); Barry McColgan, Joanne McNeil Hayes and Gerald Yelle (Youth category judges). Their care and attention in reading and selecting finalists for this year’s contest is truly appreciated. Thanks as well to Bob Barba, Adult first place contest winner in 2019, who is now the “first reader” and judges’ coordinator of our committee.

Appreciation and thanks also go to Stoneleigh Burnham School, who has hosted many prior Poet’s Seat contest celebrations. This year’s evening was especially moving given all that has happened in the past two years. Stoneleigh Burnham is a community neighbor who practices outreach into our community in many ways, making their Geissler Gallery available this year. The school and staff opened their doors, set up the event, and offered refreshments to be enjoyed by attendees. We in Franklin County are fortunate indeed to count them as neighbor and friend. 

​​​​​​Donna Rivers and Marianne Snow

Friends of Greenfield Public Library Poet’s Seat committee co-chairs




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