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2016 Poetry Contest!

Poetry Contest 2016The 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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by | March 30, 2016 · 1:14 pm

Slam Poets: Tell Us How To Throw Down!

Maria James-Thiaw asked the local slam community advice on how to throw down at a slam contest.  This is what they told us!


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“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


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“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


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“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


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…and of course, don’t forget to sign up for the 3rd Annual Poetry Slam.  Get the details here.

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Apparition by Dezmyn Edmond

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.


Amani_ZDezmyn 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..

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# Rep your city

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

Of us

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.

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Reception of Conception by Roman Alcazar

Spontaneous, Unique.

Original, Mystique.

Subject to society’s unforgiving critique.

 

Realistic, Attainable.

Pragmatic, Sustainable.

Though antagonists may find it quite debatable.

 

Focused, Detailed.

Scrupulous, Unveiled.

Opponents may cite previous attempts that failed.

 

A golden idea,

A universal panacea,

Many exist in a forgotten galleria.


Roman AlcazRoman_first placear 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.

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Introducing the 2015 Central Pen Poetry Prize Winners!

WaltPoetryContestFlierThis spring The Central Pen Literary E-zine hosted its 6th Annual Poetry Competition. This annual writing contest is sponsored by The Academy of American Poets, a national organization whose chancellor is Juan Felipe Herrera, the Poet Laureate of the United States. The first place winner received $100.00 and a year’s membership into the Academy.

The winners were:
1st Place: Roman Alcazar for Reception of Conception
2nd Place: Ayana Addisonfor Rep My City
3rd Place: Dezmyn Edmond for Apparition

First place winner Roman Alcazar is a Corporate Communications major with a background in radio. He’s also a proud dad-to-be. 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. Dezmyn Edmond is an accounting major from Toms River, NJ who enjoys writing and performing.  Both Ayana and Dezmyn are active members of the Knight Writers Creative Writing Club.  Roman and Dezmyn gave moving readings of their prize winning poems at the Knight Writer’s “Take a Stand” event in June.  The contest is coordinated by Professor Maria Thiaw and the judges are literary enthusiasts and poets from the Central Penn College and community.

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Poetry Contest Winners Announced!

Poetry ContestAfter 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

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Annual Poetry Contest Arrives!

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To celebrate April as National Poetry Month, The Central Pen will be having a written poetry contest open to all current students!

 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.

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Summer Flash Fiction Contest!

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

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2013 Poetry Prize Winner Announced!

 
We, the staff of The Central Pen Literary Magazine, wish to offer a loud resounding “Congratulations!” to the winner of the 2013 Central Pen Poetry Prize: Mr. Zachary Monnier for his poem “A Broken Bride.”
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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

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