Library hosts contest open to poets

Library hosts contest open to poets

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In celebration of National Poetry Month and National Library Week, the Massillon Public Library invites people to submit their original poems to be entered into the 16th annual poetry contest.

Writers are invited to submit up to three original and family-friendly poems. Winners will be chosen in three categories: grades 3-8, grades 9-12 and adult of age 18 and older. Poems will be judged by local published poet and full-time faculty member at Stark State College of Technology, Duane Matthew Dodson.

A $50 gift card will be awarded to the winner of each category, courtesy of the Junior Friends of the Massillon Public Library. Winners will be given the opportunity to read their poems at the Poetry Read-In held in the Massillon Public Library auditorium on Tuesday, April 25 at 6:30 p.m.

Additionally, in conjunction with the Massillon Museum and The Big Read, the winners and also any writers who submit original poems on the subjects of literature, the featured book “Interior: Chinatown” by Charles Yu, family, racism or aging will be considered to read their works on April 19 at One-Act Plays at Washington High School.

Entry forms are available, and the forms and poems may then be submitted at the reference desk, the teen lounge and the children’s desk of the Massillon Public Library; on the MPL Bookmobile; and at Barry Askren Memorial Branch Library and Pam S. Belloni Branch Library.

Entries also may be submitted online at The deadline for entries is March 31. Call Laura Klein at 330-832-9831 ext. 319 or email