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San Mateo County launching poetry contest
August 30, 2014, 05:00 AM By Michelle Durand Daily Journal

Have a flair for the creative? Got a feel for rhyme and meter?

San Mateo County is kicking off its new “Poetry is” campaign with a contest to give young and old residents alike a chance to stretch their literary wings and celebrate the place they call home.

The contest launches the poetry awareness campaign created by Caroline Goodwin, San Mateo County’s first poet laureate, as a way to increase awareness and appreciation of the medium.

“A poem can show life lived in a particular environment, bringing the reader into the physical space surrounding the poet through imagery and illuminating the poet’s vision through both sound and sense,” Goodwin said in an announcement of the campaign and contest. “My hope is that the Poetry Is campaign will be a way to showcase our poetry of place and allow for many different voices to come together and be heard.”

Goodwin will be collecting submissions through the month of September and several selected by a committee will be invited to read their work at an Oct. 30 event at the Belmont library.

Poems can be in any form, language or combination of languages up to 40 lines in length and must use the name of the city or town in which the author resides in the title. Writers are encouraged to use lots of “sensory images” to illustrate what makes their place unique.

The Board of Supervisors created the honorary poet laureate post in April 2013 and chose Goodwin from a pool of 15. Goodwin, a poet and professor, will serve two years.

Supervisor Warren Slocum, co-chair of the county’s poet laureate advisory committee, said Goodwin is “hard at work” in the community elevating interest in poetry and the literary arts.

More information on the campaign and instructions on the poetry contest are available at

(650) 344-5200 ext. 102



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