99TH ICC ANNUAL POETRY CONTEST 2018
Entry Deadline: August 25, 2018
Awards Banquet: Saturday, November 3, 12:00 noon to 4 p.m.
Zio Fraedo's Restaurant
611 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Susan Cohen
"The News from Poems"
William Carlos Williams famously wrote: "It is difficult/ to get the news from poems/ yet men die miserably every day/ for lack/ of what is found there."
At a time when the news never stops, it's worth considering what can be found in poems and why they matter. A journalist and poet considers both.
Susan Cohen is the author of a non-fiction book, two poetry chapbooks, and two full-length books of poems: Throat Singing and A Different Wakeful Animal, winner of the 2015 David Martinson--Meadowhawk Prize from Red Dragonfly Press, and runner-up for the Philip Levine Prize. She was a newspaper reporter, contributing writer for the Washington Post Magazine, and faculty member of the University of California Graduate School of Journalism before studying poetry while on a Knight Fellowship at Stanford University, and then earning an MFA from Pacific University. Her poems appear in many journals and anthologies, including: The Bloomsbury Anthology of Contemporary Jewish American Poetry; Know Me Here: An Anthology of Poetry by Women; America, We Call Your Name: Poems of Resistance and Resilience; and the forthcoming Fire and Rain: Ecopoetry of California.
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