Absolutely one of my favorite things about April as Poetry Month is the unveiling of the next Alexander Muse teen art and literary magazine! The collection is by Alexander County, NC high school students - poetry, photography, art, and short story prose.
The reception is Tuesday, April 21 at Reformation Lutheran's fellowship hall located at 443 West Main Avenue in Taylorsville. The celebration will begin at 3:30 pm with food, musical entertainment, and readings from the magazine. The reception is sponsored by the Alexander Friends of the Library and is free and open to the public.
This year’s panel of judges included: Art - Miranda Burgin, Bud Caywood, and Pam Mull; Poetry – Adrian Rice, Scott Owens, and North Carolina poet laureate, Shelby Stephenson; Prose – Melissa Jolly, Betty O’Hearn, and Brenda Smith; Photography – Glenn Mays, David Moser, and John Womack.
The Alexander Muse Committee wishes to thank the judges for sharing their time and expertise to determine this year’s published works. The Muse committee would also like to thank Alexander Friends of the Library who provided dinner for the judges.
The contest was open to all high school students from Alexander County. Eligible teens could attend public, private, alternative, or home school.
The Alexander Muse 2015 edition will be in full color thanks to a community grant from Statesville company, Carris Reels.
Prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in each category of art, poetry, prose, and photography. There will also be honorable mentions per category. Prizes provided by Wal-Mart, Giovanni’s, Cotton Seed Boutique, Koto's, Mizo’s, Mexico Viejo, and Alexander Friends of the Library.
There will also be a drawing for door prizes for teen attendees.
Teen Poetry Happens and The Alexander Muse teen magazine are programs through a collaborative effort of Alexander County Schools and Alexander County Library.
Another note, this evening marks the next in the series of poetry readings at the Bethlehem Branch of Alexander County Library. I am honored to be one of the "Women Of Spirit" who will read original works. The event begins at 7 pm. If you're in the area, stop by!
Here's hoping you have a month filled with beautiful words!