FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- Fairfield University is set to invite dozens of young poets during the Poetry For Peace Contest Winners' Celebration on Jan. 31.
The students are set to read their winning poetry during the ceremony that starts at 5:30 p.m. at the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. The public is invited to attend.
More than 1,000 Bridgeport and Fairfield students entered the competition, sponsored by Fairfield University's Writing Center, the English department, the Connecticut Writing Project-Fairfield, and the MLK Coordinating Committee. The event is held in conjunction with the MLK Holiday Observation Week, a weeklong celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.'s work and legacy. The winning poems are published in a book, which will be distributed to the children and their families at the event.
“I am so pleased this has become an annual event at Fairfield," said Robbin Crabtree, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. "It enriches our campus to have students, parents, and teachers from the surrounding area interact with Fairfield faculty and students. The poetry is creative and moving; it is a wonderful tribute to Dr. King and his legacy.”
Entries were submitted in November and judged by a committee of faculty, staff and students from the Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions, and undergraduates majoring in English, modern languages and education.
"The beach, the birds, a warm embrace, even a well-chosen candy bar plucked from a trick-or-treat bag – the writers bring out the poetry that is present at each moment in the world around us," Boquet said.