Poetry to Bridge Generations
Poetry is the voice of the soul.
Each year the Intergernational Poetry Contest awards prizes to local youth and adults over 50 to help bridge the gap between the generations. The event features a Winners Celebration and Poetry Slam to hear readings of the winning poems and provides an opportunity for face-to-face dialogue about poetry and poems.
This program was created in 2009 and is maintained by a partnership of the University of Nebraska at Omaha Department of Gerontology with public and private schools connected by the UNO Advanced Placement Program and Service Learning Academy. The Omaha Public Libraries and the Nebraska Writers Collective are the founding and continuing community partners. The program is managed by student members of the university chapter of Sigma Phi Omega (SPO), the national gerontology academic honor society, and the SPO faculty advisor. Additionally, volunteers of partner organizations in our community help to bring this fun event together.
2018 Intergenerational Poetry Contest Information
When: Sunday, October 14, 2018
Time: 1 - 3 p.m.
Where: UNO Campus, Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC), Room 201
Why: To Bridge the Generations
Adults age 50 and older (group name: 50+)
youth in grades 7 through 12 (group name: teen)
Each entrant submits two poems:
- How the world views or how society treats older people
- How the world views or how society treats teenagers.
When: February 26 until October 1, 2018
How: Online, Email, or Mail
What: 2 poems per entrant
Include on each poem in the upper right corner:
1. Your age group (Teen or 50+)
2. Your full name, address, phone, and email address
3. Title of your poem
Prizes for each age group:
|Second Place||$ 50|
|Third Place||$ 25|
|Honorable Mention - 7 awarded||$ 10|
Must be present to claim prize.
The top three winning poets from each age group will read their poems at the Winners Celebration & Poetry Slam on October 14, 2018. Parking is open to the public and a map can be viewed here.
Ways to submit:
|firstname.lastname@example.org||Attn: Sigma Phi Omega Poetry
UNO Department of Gerontology
6001 Dodge Street
Omaha, NE 68182
Questions should be directed to email@example.com or 402.554.2272.
The Intergenerational Poetry Contest to bridge generations is sponsored by the Omaha Public Library, Omaha Public Schools, the University of Nebraska at Omaha; Dual Enrollment Program, and the Department of Gerontology.
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