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April is National Poetry Month



We have poetry-related activities for all ages:

Teen Poetry Contest

On Wednesday, April 29th at 7:00pm, we will have The 11th Lee Golomb Cadiff Teen Poetry Contest awards ceremony. The contest has been expanded to include grades 5 through 12. Two special categories were added this year: Best Sports Poem & Best Humorous Poem. The ceremony honors the local poets who submitted the best original poems. Come hear the winning entries—all are welcome. Refreshments will be served.

The finalists have been announced for the 11th Annual Lee Golomb Cadiff Teen Poetry Contest. From over 250 poems submitted, the judges have selected the following finalists:

From Swampscott Middle School:

Elif Bithell -grade 6, Annie Burgett – grade 8, Isaac Dreeben – grade 8, Alexandra Fisk – grade 8, Clara Harrington – grade 8, Aidan McMaster -grade 6, Bianna Pierce – grade 7, Odin Randell- grade 7, Olivia Reiser – grade 8, Ethan Runstadler – grade 8, Vreni Runstadler – grade 5, Bella Seligson – grade 7, Marley Schmidt – grade 8, Sarah Tribendis – grade 6, and Maddie Winklosky – grade 6.

From Swampscott High School:

Brandon Adelman -grade 11, Lisa Gaber -grade 12, and Ethan Smith-grade 11.
The finalists will find out what prize they won at the Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, April 29th at 7pm.

Tin Box Poets

Swampscott’s own Tin Box Poets will host their 17th annual open mike readings on Monday, April 6th, at 6:00pm. This popular, annual event draws spoken word artists of all abilities and disciplines from Swampscott, Marblehead, the entire North Shore and beyond. Bring your original works, read a favorite poem or just sit back and be inspired. The Tin Box Poets goal is to promote and encourage the appreciation of poetry in our lives. The Tin Box Poets urge local children and adults to share their work at the open mike. Anyone who’d like to read their poems can begin signing up at 5:30pm.

Junior Poetry Reading

Students from grades 1-6 who would love to share their favorite poem with other students should come to our first annual “Junior Poetry Reading” at the Swampscott Library on April 7th at 6:00pm. Students can read a poem that they wrote or a poem that is one of their favorites. Help to make poetry come alive for your young people, join us and celebrate National Poetry Month. Call the Children’s Room at 781-596-8867 ext. 307 beginning March 30th to register to be a participant.