Col­lege launches search for the next bard of Bucks

The Advance of Bucks County - - AROUND TOWN -

NEW­TOWN - The search is on for the 37th Bucks County Poet Lau­re­ate, ac­cord­ing to Drs. Christopher Bursk and Char­lie Groth, di­rec­tors of the long­est-run­ning poet lau­re­ate pro­gram in Penn­syl­va­nia.

En­trants must be a Bucks County res­i­dent over age 18 who has never pre­vi­ously served as poet lau­re­ate, ex­plained Bursk, the 1978 poet lau­re­ate and a long­time pro­fes­sor at Bucks County Com­mu­nity Col­lege, which ad­min­is­ters the pro­gram. Each en­trant must sub­mit 10 orig­i­nal po­ems by Tues­day Septem­ber 10 along with an en­try form to the col­lege’s Depart­ment of Lan­guage and Lit­er­a­ture.

The win­ner of the com­pe­ti­tion will re­ceive a $500 hon­o­rar­ium, a procla­ma­tion from the Bucks County Com­mis­sion­ers, and a read­ing at Bucks County Com­mu­nity Col­lege with 2012 Poet Lau­re­ate Lara Adams Gay­dos and con­test run­ners-up.

This year’s fi­nal judge will be Joan Aleshire, author of five books, most re­cently Happily and a fac­ulty mem­ber of the War­ren Wil­son MFA Pro­gram for Writ­ers. Pre­lim­i­nary judge will be Martha McFer­ren, author of Arche­ol­ogy of Midnight and a num­ber of other books.

There is no charge for en­try. Po­etry of any style, form, or length is wel­come. All work must be orig­i­nal, pub­lished or un­pub­lished, type­writ­ten or word-pro­cessed on one side only in black ink. All en­tries must be ac­com­pa­nied by an en­try form, which can be ob­tained on­line at http://bit.ly/buckscounty­lau­re­ate, at li­braries and book­stores through­out the county, or by con­tact­ing the Dept. of Lan­guage & Lit­er­a­ture at 215-9688151. For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Dr. Christopher Bursk at 215-968-8156.

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