Feeling inspired? Enter our Maya Angelou poetry contest.
Poet and social activist Dr. Maya Angelou once wrote, “I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands. You need to be able to throw something back.”
As poet, playwright, director, conductor, actor, best-selling author, social activist and three-time Grammy winner, she has inspired millions with her words. On Thursday, May 24, 2007, Dr. Angelou is coming to the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg and the Times NIE department is sponsoring a poetry contest to celebrate this event. Contest winners and their teachers will each receive two tickets to this special event.
How to enter the contest
We are looking for poems inspired by the issues, people and events you have learned about from the pages of the St. Petersburg Times. Reading the Times can invoke many different feelings, ranging from sadness (from reading about the homeless or a tragic death) to joy (a story about a national championship win or a review of your favorite band or movie) to anger (coverage of wounded veterans unable to receive benefits or CEO pay rising while workers are laid off).
To create your poem, find a story that moves you. It can be from today’s paper or a story you remember reading in the past. You can look in the Times archives or our multimedia reports for ideas. You can write a narrative poem or ballad that retells the story, or a sonnet that shares your emotional response to what you read. You might even try your hand at haiku –a Japanese style of poetry that reflects on nature and feelings.
Go to the Times NIE Web site for contest rules and submission instructions. Deadline is May 7, 2007.