We are so proud of all the students who participated in our first creative writing contest at the Bend. We invited a group of five faculty members to read over all of the entries. One piece was a stand-out, "Lemonade on a Rainy Arizona Night," by Carolina Collazo. Second? Third place? Runner up? It was too difficult to choose from the other phenomenal writers so we just decided to celebrate them all. The authors gathered for a celebration on Monday June 10 to hear some selections from our book, OUR VOICES, OUR STORIES, featuring our top writers. Treasure Ezeobi read his poem "Dissolving Colors," which is featured in the video. The ebook included the 7th and 8th grade writers who did a great job of crafting their work. The 6th graders were honored for their efforts and are encouraged to keep on writing so their work will be included next year. You can start reading by clicking below on the ebook, or the book cover above.
HOW TO ENTER: We will accept your ORIGINAL poems (lyrics are poems too) & short stories (no longer than 3 pages). Please be sure to have your full name, grade, title of your writing and proofread it several times (have a friend and an adult proofread it too) and then share on Google Drive with Ms. Deaton (email@example.com)
PRIZES: Every entry will get a prize!
Our top writers from each grade level will join our special guest Phillip Shabazz, a spectacular poet who will be coming to our school in May. PLUS.... our writers will be featured in River Bend's 1st Publication. Ms. Deaton will compile our student's writing into an eBook and catalog it in the RBMS Library collection! What do you think of the title "Our Voices"
Find your Voice!
The Remarkable Story of George Moses Horton IS REMARKABLE. He was a slave living near Chapel Hill and became known as a very clever poet at the weekly farmers market. The students at UNC Chapel Hill heard about this remarkable poet and his fame and influence grew. The students would pay Horton to write poems for their sweethearts. HORTON went on to publish his poems... while still a slave. He is regarded as the FIRST POET of North Carolina.
GET INSPIRED to FIND YOUR VOICE!
Learn MORE about Horton with the Links below.