The Central Pen Literary E-zine and The Academy of American Poets is proud to present the 2016 Poetry Contest! All current Central Penn College students are invited to participate. The first place winner will receive a $100 prize, a one-year subscription to the Academy of American Poets, and publication in the e-zine. Second place will receive $50 and publication in the e-zine. Third place will receive $25 and publication in the e-zine. Submit to TheCentralPen@centralpenn.edu before April 29, 2016 to be considered!
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Maria James-Thiaw asked the local slam community advice on how to throw down at a slam contest. This is what they told us!
“Practice. Some practice is better than none.”–Marilyn Kallet
“Winning the slam will never help you win yourself. Win who you are, your purpose.That will always remain in your hands. So always carry your purpose to the stage with you. ” –Slangston Hughes
“Romance the mic and believe that no one else can do that better than you! If you focus on your own performance, there will be no room for comparing yourself to anyone else (which is a BIG wagging, shake-a-finger NO NO!).” –Quill Reed
“…Just like entering the hundred yard dash or a boxing match, you go in to win, connect and show them what you’re really made of figuratively.”–Femi Drifish
“Don’t be self-conscious about your performance — don’t even think about it as a performance, but as you speaking your heart to friends. Everyone supports one another in these. Go!”–Michael Lear-Olimpi
“Slam because you have a story to tell. A poem you have to share. An experience someone else might need to hear on any given Tuesday.” —Dawn Saylor
…and of course, don’t forget to sign up for the 3rd Annual Poetry Slam. Get the details here.
I haven’t talked to or seen my dad in years
Is that weird? A ghost of my past that brings me tears?
One of my greatest fears is crying in front of people,
But who’s going to hear me when I’m a spirit, is that believable?
The life of a ghost, I got it genetically from my dad
If I told my mom that, she’d say “it’s just a fad”
She’s a nonbeliever, she doesn’t believe in ghosts
Not believing me or my dad, what a host
Can you be an apparition, but still be afraid of them?
Why am I not normal like the rest of them?
Ghosts scare people, but I’m alienated
I feel the hatred. Not because I’m a ghost, but because I’m a friendly one
Now isn’t that fun? I’m weightless but I feel like I weigh a ton
Like an automaton, an android, a robot
Feel like the world relies on me to save it, like an Autobot
I can now see through my eyelids, so I don’t sleep a wink
Surprised with the lack of sleep that I’m not a psychofink
Why bother try to sleep? It’s irrelevant to me now
I forgot the ability to sleep, so I don’t know how
If you were in my shoes would you feel the same way?
Probably not since I’m a ghost so I don’t wear them anyway
I’m just a shadowy figure lingering in the dark
Trying to make people see me to make my mark
People perform séances just to talk to me
And they always think my services are for free
Because I’m a friendly ghost, but I’m not Casper,
But I’m never happy so I’m not gay, like Family Guy’s Jasper
I can say whatever I want because who listens to what I say?
People noticing I exist? That’ll be the day
I’ll disappear forever into the shadows where I belong
Consumed by hatred and darkness, I knew it all along.
Dezmyn Edmond is an accounting major from Toms River, NJ who enjoys writing and performing. He is an active member of the Knight Writers Creative Writing Club and gave a moving reading of their prize winning poems at the Knight Writer’s “Take a Stand” event in June..
My city is known as the city of brotherly love
Yet we watch anxiously
As our brothers put guns to innocent temples and pull the trigger
Releasing their rights to freedom
Let us not forget the whips that were cracked against our brother’s bare black skin
The flesh that has been torn open at the expense
The generation that would save us all
Because after all we are the future.
But yet we are a disgrace in the eyes of our ancestors.
Can you picture it?
Emmett till spitting out our names in shame
Harriet Tubman turning her face disowning us.
Martin Luther king pulling the “I have a dream speech” from underneath our muddy undeserving feet.
Can you see it?
We are being stripped of our culture the more we embrace this city that’s not of brotherly love
But a city filled with brothers that embrace self hate.
Philadelphia native, Ayana Addison has been writing poetry for years and studied under JusGreg (aka Greg Corbin,) the award-winning spoken word artist and teacher from HBO’s Brave New Voices. She is an active member of the Knight Writers Creative Writing Club. “#Rep your city” won second prize in Central Penn College’s 6th Annual Poetry Contest in 2015 sponsored by the Academy of American Poets.
Subject to society’s unforgiving critique.
Though antagonists may find it quite debatable.
Opponents may cite previous attempts that failed.
A golden idea,
A universal panacea,
Many exist in a forgotten galleria.
Roman Alcazar is a Corporate Communications major with a background in radio. He’s also a proud dad-to-be. “Reception of Conception” won first prize in Central Penn College’s 6th Annual Poetry Contest in 2015 sponsored by the Academy of American Poets.
After a record-setting year for submissions, The Central Pen E-zine is pleased to announce the winners of this year’s poetry contest sponsored by The Central Pen and the American Academy of Poets. These poets impressed the judges ‘brutal honesty, ’’captivating’ images, ‘use of allusions,’ ‘playful word choice,’ and ‘use of dialect.’
First Place: “I am” by Jade Harper
Second Place: “Changes” by Isaiah Isley
Third Place: “Nerd Music” by Dezmyn Edmond
In addition to their prizes, all of our poets will be featured in here on the blog in the upcoming months!
Thank you to all of our poets Roman Alcazar, Robert Ashkenes, Kyisha Bright, Ricky Cousar, Steven Henry, Jr., Derrick Johnson, Richard Mann, Charles Mull, Jacquelyn Roi, Hollyann Thigpen, Bachelle Upshur, Myrna Vicente-Cruz, Ireshia Warren, and Jordyn Zelko.
A special thank you our judges Professors Thomas Davis and Matthew Vickless, Writing Center Director Dalton James, and Student Activities Coordinator Danielle Klebes all of whom had a difficult job this year determining the winners.
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The Central Pen Staff
1st place winner will receive $100, 1 year free membership to The Academy of American Poets, and publication in The Central Pen.
2nd place winner will receive $50 and publication in The Central Pen.
3rd place winner will receive $25 and publication in The Central Pen.
To submit, please send an email with a subject line of your Last Name_Poetry Contest to MelissaWehler@centralpenn.edu. In the email, please include your name, address, phone number, and the email address with one original poem as an attachment. Do not include your name on the poem itself.
All poems due no later than April 25, 2014. Winners will be noticed by May 15, 2014.
The Central Pen staff is pleased to announce their latest writing contest, which celebrates the work of flash fiction authors! For this contest, the staff is looking for submissions that are less than 500 words, and all stories are due on later than August 11th. See the flyer below for details.
Not sure what flash fiction is? Check out our post on how authors define flash fiction and resources to help inspire your flash fiction masterpiece.
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The Central Pen Staff
She walks on now guided by a few grey hands
Aged and worn, they try to face the demands
Of a community that has been left, forgotten, behind
Surrounded by a fog of drugs and apathetic minds