April 1-30. Adults 18 years and older are invited to submit an original poem. A $20 gift card to Barnes and Noble will be awarded to one winner in each category: haiku and free verse. Entries will be read and judged by board members of the Emrys Foundation, a Greenville nonprofit that nurtures creativity in an e‚ort to build community of writers and readers. Winners will be announced in May. Visit http://libguides.greenvillelibrary.org/poetry-contest to submit poems and for complete contest rules. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Vera Gómez is the current president of Emrys. Her collection of poems, Barrio Voices, was published in 2008; her first essay appeared in State of the Heart: Carolina Writers on the Places They Love, Volume II (2016); and her poetry has appeared in publications like Ties that Bind, Quintet, Kakalak and the Emrys Journal. Vera will present a Chautauqua Talk on Caesar Chavez in May; and in August, she is one of seven poets commissioned to commemorate the August 21st Solar Eclipse of the Sun in Columbia.
Arthur McMaster's poems and short fiction have appeared in such distinguished journals as North American Review, Southwest Review, Poetry East, Rattle, the Worcester Review, and Subtropics, with one Pushcart Prize nomination. He has two published volumes of poems, a biography on classical musicians, and a recent memoir. A retired English professor from Converse College, he is Poetry Editor for Emrys Journal.
Dr. James Raff is a dedicated member and advocate of Emrys. He is a practicing physician, who has been writing poetry for several years. He also is a favorite reader at the Emrys’ monthly open-mic. James placed in the 2015 Hub City Emrys Prize Contest (poetry) and has a number of publication credits, most recently having his poem “Cabbages and Corn” selected for the 2016 edition of Kakalak.
Nancy Dew Taylor’s collection, Taking Flight, was published in 2015 by Ninety-Six Press. In 2008 Emrys Press published her chapbook, Stepping on Air. Her poems have appeared in a variety of journals and anthologies; she won the 2011 Linda Flowers Award from the North Carolina Humanities Council and the 2015 Porter Fleming Literary Award for poetry. A native of eastern South Carolina, she now lives in Greenville, SC.