Poetry To Go

Poetry to Go rides again
After a two-year hiatus, Denver Pen Women announced the revival of Poetry to Go. The Columbine Poets, Colorado’s state-wide poetry society, sponsored  Poetry to Go 2014 and are continuting this annual contest. Each year, teens (13 to 19) who enter may win the chance to see their poems inside RTD buses throughout the Denver metro area. The deadline is May 15th . For current contest details, visit www.columbinepoetsofcolorado.com. Questions may be directed to anitajg5@aol.com.

2011 contest celebrates 32 winners
Poetry to Go is a contest for teen authors in the Denver metro area. In March 2011, a panel of six judges from the Poetry Society of Colorado chose 32 winners and 15 honorable mentions from over 300 entries by teenagers. Eight hundred placards displaying the winning poems travelled inside RTD (Regional Transportation District) buses throughout the seven-county Denver metro area from August 7 to October 7, 2011. A reception and poetry reading was held for the winners in September, and each author received an actual, 11” x 28” bus placard featuring s/his winning poem.

History of Poetry to Go spans a decade
Poetry to Go, founded in 2000 by the Denver Branch, National League of American Pen Women, is a contest for teens in the Denver metro area. Each author may submit a poem of up to ten lines plus title. The Denver Branch sponsored PTG contests annually from 2000 to 2008, except in 2006. In that year, the branch hosted the national biennial convention of NLAPW, and at that Denver convention, an anthology, Poetry to Go: 2003 to 2005 debuted with a reading and signing of the book by three dozen featured authors. It was PTG’s second anthology. In 2009 and 2011, the Poetry Society of Colorado successfully assumed sponsorship and ran contests. They added the tradition of designating honorable mentions.

Poetry to Go ceases operation
In November 2011, the board of the Poetry Society of Colorado voted to relinquish involvement with Poetry to Go. With that action, the 2012 contest is cancelled, and Poetry to Go finds itself in need of a new sponsoring, non-profit organization. Please contact Ann Klaiman, Poetry to Go Liaison at poetrytogodenver@aol.com, if you’d like to discuss the future of this contest that supports Denver area teens’ writing and creativity.

Big thanks to RTD. Big Thanks to all our teen authors for representing their generation so eloquently.. Big thanks to the Denver area teachers who have supported and guided their students’ entries year after year. Thanks to Denver Branch members and to the original PTG committee: Susan Arndt, Phyllis Brees Eberhard (deceased), Sandy Chapman, Joice Fairchild, Ann Klaiman, and Marie Kriss. Thanks to Poetry Society of Colorado members and their PTG committee: Laurel Becker, Ann Camy, Ann Klaiman, Cheryl Miller, Alice Schock, Barbara Test, Mellody Vicars, Phil Wick, and Cheryl Wilkie. Thanks to Walt, Todd, Dave, and B&R Screen Graphics. Thanks to Henry Klaiman and to NZ Graphics. Thanks to our financial sponsors through the years: ACRESchool.com, The Kay Edgerly Art Scholarship, Full Moon Books and Event Center, d.c. flash @thedoodlefactory, First Bank, Lighthouse Writers’ Workshop, Red Rocks Community College, Red Rocks Community College Foundation, and US Bank. And thanks to Jane Carpenter, Denver Branch Member, who saw poetry on buses in Seattle, WA, and thought Denver buses should have poetry, too.