Thanks to KPRC TV Channel 2 for airing not one but BOTH of the winning poets this Sunday morning. Both Maddox and Lauren got to read their poems for their moms on Mother’s Day. What a memorable gift! Here are both segments, just in case you missed them.
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Thank you to everyone who participated in the WITS + KPRC Local 2 Wax Poetic about Mom 2014 poetry contest. We had nearly 100 entries via facebook and email! We are happy to announce the judge’s choice as well as the people’s choice award winners.
Congratulations to our judge’s choice winner Maddox for his poem “Guardian of Kids” and the people’s choice winner Lauren for her poem “Mommy”.
Make sure you tune in to KPRC Local 2 on Sunday, May 11 to hear these poems on-air! And don’t forget to attend Menil Fest Saturday, May 3rd at 12pm where you can see the winners read live at our Young Writers Reading.
Defending her egg on the lake.
My mom is the queen of nature
And defender of homes.
She always lets me have
The last piece of food at the dining table.
My mom is the chef of all sweets in the world.
She is the gatekeeper of perfume land.
When I am sick, the bridge to heaven
Opens when she walks through the door.
When I yell for help
She is like a gust of wind ready to aid me.
Honest with people
Most unique in the world
Most secure woman I know
The spoken word event of the season takes place this Saturday at Discovery Green at 6:30 pm. The 21 top youth poets of Houston will compete for the 6 spots on the Meta-Four Houston team. Come out for the best in slam poetry. DJ Baby Roo will spin for the evening. The Honorable Sheila Jackson Lee will announce the winners and award the trophies.
The deadline for the student writing contest is Wednesday, April 23, 2014. KPRC and WITS have teamed up to sponsor a poetry contest for Houston kids in grades K-5. Post your poem on the WITS Houston facebook page with the tag #MomPoem2014 or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org to enter. Complete guidelines are here. In case you’d like a prompt to get your poem going, here is one more idea:
Make a list of some of your favorite things you love to do. Be specific. If your list says “I love to eat” go back and add a specific food you love, for example, “I love to eat ice cold watermelon.”
In the Summer
I like to eat red, yellow, and orange peppers
and drink warm tea and juice.
I like to play with my friends
in the trees, on the trampoline,
I like to do bathtub swimming
and listen to books
and snuggle with my mama.
By Sabrina, 5 years old
Now Try This:
Make a poem using your list of things you love to do. Try to use all five senses in this poem. End your poem with something you like to do with your mom.
River Styx 2014 Founder’s Award
Submissions open now!
- Entrants may include up to five original poems on separate pieces of paper.
- Poems should be titled and should not include the student’s name on the poems themselves.
- On a separate cover sheet, please include student poet’s name, titles of submissions, the poet’s age, grade, school, address, phone number, and e-mail.
- Winners will be announced in the first week of May.
To enter, send your submission by May 1, 2014 to:
River Styx Founders Award
3547 Olive Street, Suite 107
St. Louis, MO 63103