Parish Library Celebrates National Poetry Month with a Poetry Contest

From now until the 20th of April the Bienville Parish Library is calling for adult and teen poets to submit their poems to celebrate National Poetry Month. This contest is a marvelous opportunity to celebrate the expressiveness, delight, and pure charm of poetry and reminds us of the integral role of poets and poetry in our cultures.

Poetry helps us appreciate the world around us and empathize with one another. Typically, we think of poetry as boring and nerdy but this month allows us to change our perspectives and look upon poetry as a rhythmic art of expressing one’s love and thoughts.

Compose and submit your poem to any of the Bienville Parish Library branches no later than the 20th of April. The flyer has the form needed to attach to your submission. If you decide to send your poem by email, you have until the 25th of April to submit to Jackie Cato in Adult Outreach Services at

Compose your poem in any style you like – free verse, rhyming, sonnet, lyrical, epic, etc. The only criteria is that your submission be for general audiences. Adult and Teen submittals will be judged separately. As part of the prize, the Bienville Parish Library will create a short video highlighting the winning poems. The short video will be posted to Facebook and our YouTube channel.

In 2021, Ms. Yolanda Stephens, a patron from the Ringgold Branch, kindly agreed to come in and record her poem “I See Me”.   Click on the video above.  

For more information contact Jackie Cato in Adult Outreach Services at 318-263-7410 x 5. See you at your neighborhood Bienville Parish Library!

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