Monday, January 11, 2021

Poets United is Currently Accepting Applications For Writing Scholarships in 2021

 

In its ongoing mission to advance poetry, foster greater appreciation for the creative arts and support emerging writers and poets, Poets United is currently seeking applications for its Michael Bowie and Robin Denise Williams Memorial Scholarships for 2021.

ELIGIBILITY:

The program is open to high school students (Junior/Seniors)

Adults 18 years or older (college Freshman-Seniors)

Majoring in (or pursuing) a degree in journalism, marketing, poetry or a related field. 

AWARD AMOUNTS:

Two (2) scholarships of $400.00 each will be awarded to one male and one female. 

Funds may be used toward:

  • Tuition-related expenses
  • Website creation to promote creative projects and build a writer's platform
  • Textbooks
  • Computer Equipment or upgrade

CRITERIA:

Students must possess a 3.0 G.P.A. minimally; submit one letter of recommendation; and complete an essay on a designated topic.

There is no fee required to apply.

DEADLINE:

Applications must be received by January 25, 2021.

DOWNLOAD APPLICATION HERE:

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NOTIFICATION:

Winners will be notified by January 31, 2021. Funds will be disbursed by February 2, 2021 by PayPal or certified check.





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Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Guest Post By Dr. Archan Mehta

 


A Friend Remembers

By: Dr. Archan Mehta 


Let us remember

those who have passed on

their swan song

which haunts us still

like an army drill.

Their lives were not

Lived in vain,


They will rise again 

in our own hearts

When we sit

across the table,

we will recall the fable:

stories from the deep end

which created a friend.

Our friends are no longer

with us in blood and flesh

but their spirits

will stay with us

till the end.


BIO:



 Dr. Archan Mehta has earned a PhD. in Management. Currently, he is a Consultant and Writer based in India. In his free time, Dr. Mehta likes to stroll in the outdoors and party with close friends. He is also fond of meditation. Please feel free to reach out to the poet at archanm@hotmail.com at your convenience.




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Monday, November 2, 2020

We're Proud to Announce Our 1st Anthology Via Ebook!

 


Welcome Back, Readers!

2020 has been a challenging year for many. Its onset ushering in a global pandemic; mandated quarantines; a struggling economy; racial tensions; pandemonium; and political mayhem. These are historic, unprecedented times.

In the words of Charles Dickens: “It is the best of times. It is the worst of times.”

Still, if we are able to survive, heal, unite, navigate, learn-- there are opportunities to grow, rebuild and emerge perhaps stronger, wiser, more resilient. To be rooted in gratitude and greater consciousness in times ahead.

ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THIS PANDEMIC

Amid this process, it’s imperative not to lose sight of our very vital role as writers, messengers and creative artists to entertain, enlighten and empower. We must heed the “clarion call” to chronicle and memorialize what is happening in current times to inform future generations. 

Remember that our work broadens the lens by which others see the world and helps them better understand and embrace life’s beauty, complexities and layers. 

It is in this sprit, with this abiding mission that we share our poetry and leave our virtual footprint…

"On the Other side of This Pandemic" features over 40 poems on love, current events, pop culture, hope and healing by 6 different poets from various ages and stages in life.

We hope you'll consider purchasing a copy to read, review or gift to a fellow poetry lover.

As always, we thank you for your ongoing support.

In solidarity!

Jennifer Brown Banks,

Founder



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Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Support For Our Memorial Scholarship Program

 

We would like to give a hand of applause to those who have given us a hand, in supporting our efforts to encourage, assist, inspire and empower future writers through our Michael Bowie and Robin D. Williams Memorial Scholarship Program in 2020.

Our heartfelt gratitude is extended to the following individuals:

RANDY RICHARDSON

MARCIE HILL

COURTNEY SHOLAR

LILLIAN MITCHUM

DEBORAH TAYLOR

GAIL MERRIWETHER

A.D. MOORE

BABA GRIOT

 Your contributions enable us to continue our mission and assists us in enriching the lives of others through the arts.

Friday, August 14, 2020

Announcing Our 1st Memorial Scholarship Program


Dear Friend of the Arts,
In this age of activism, particularly on the heels of George Floyd, many of us are seeking ways to make a meaningful impact and be counted.
And though we can't cure the major issues that plague us: Covid-19, racism or world hunger, we can support causes that mirror our values and interests.
We can champion worthy projects that uplift, empower and enrich the lives of others.

Accordingly, Poets United is proud to announce the formation of its first memorial scholarship in 2020. Purposed to honor the lives and legacies of Michael Bowie and Robin Denise Williams.
These former writers, humanitarians and arts advocates were valued members of the creative community for decades, up until the time of their deaths.
Collectively, their poetry, articles and short stories graced the pages of numerous online and print publications.

Michael Bowie was one of the original members of Poets United, (serving for over 20 years).











Robin Denise Williams was an educator in the Chicago Public Schools system for 18 years and was an emerging talent with an amazing gift.



One scholarship of approximately $500.00 will be awarded to one male and one female high school senior majoring in creative writing or communications and accepted at an accredited college or university in Illinois for 2020. These individuals must also have a G.P.A of 3.0 or better and be of good character (evidenced by the submission of 2 letters of recommendation).

Scholarship recipients will also be required to complete an essay (on a specific topic) and successfully complete an interview by selected judges.
Scholarships funds can be used for books, supplies and college-related costs.


HELP US TO CONTINUE TO 
ADVANCE THE ARTS

Poets United has a long, well-regarded history of promoting the arts throughout Illinois; providing a platform for local writers; and fostering an appreciation of poetry, "spoken word" and quality literature.

But, we can't do it alone.
We are asking you to partner with us in 2020 to expand our outreach and continue our mission.

"Each one reach one."

YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE...

For your convenience, simply click on the secure PayPal "Donate" button appearing in the right hand margin of this blog or remit check donations via snail mail to:

Jennifer Brown Banks
C/O Poets United Scholarship Fund
P.O. BOX 437051
Chicago, IL 60643

Any donation amount helps to enhance our overall efforts.
Contributors will be acknowledged on our blog site monthly.


Thank you for your ongoing support and generosity.


In solidarity!



Jennifer





Sunday, June 14, 2020

Remembering Michael Bowie...




Dear Friends & Poets,

It is with a heavy heart and much regret, that I report the loss of one of Poets United's long-standing, original members: Michael Bowie.

Mike was a poet, writer, activist, humanitarian, health care worker and over-all sweet soul.
To know him was to love him. He was an intellectual. A student of life.
Quiet, but a "people person" in his own way.
Mike loved to read; share current events; pen poetry; eat good grub; listen to groovy music; and support other artists. He was a smooth stepper, too.

Of all his wonderful attributes, he unfortunately was terrible regarding time. More often than not, Mike was always late. But he always brought joy when he arrived. He was rarely seen without a smile.

As gifted as he was, I'm sad to say that the world will be greatly deprived of his creative genius. Though we talked about it many times, most of his poetic pieces remained scribbled in his private journals-- unpublished, undiscovered.

Let this serve as a cautionary tale. Please don't let this be you. Your writing is a part of the legacy you will leave the world.  Publish before you perish.

R.I.P.


"Gone, but not forgotten."
You will be greatly missed, my friend.

In tribute, I'd like to share some of Mike's work today.





YOU ARE THE SAND IN MY HAIR…

Captured by your heart
Searched me with your soul
Secured me with your warmth
Arms caressing ever gently
So soothing
While you’re surrounding me
YOU ARE THE SAND IN MY HAIR

So much comfort 
In your voice
It echoes with pure delight
Your eyes
Much more than sight
Anticipating your sweetness
At night
YOU ARE THE SAND IN MY HAIR

I am lit by your
Everlasting energy
Like fresh sunlight
Through the window
Come close you say
And watch me grow
YOU ARE THE SAND IN MY HAIR

You are as natural as
Your beauty is rare
You stroke me like a breeze
Blowing through the air
YOU ARE THE SAND IN MY HAIR

I am sensed
By your enlightenment
Thrilled
By your excitement
No need to second guess
What you meant 
YOU ARE THE SAND IN MY HAIR

I enjoy you
Enjoying
Every little bit
Of life means
You define everything
That’s why
I’m ever so clear
When I say
YOU ARE THE SAND IN MY HAIR


THIS IS LOVE


From the first time
We met
I knew,
But then I didn’t…
I just took it
From one day
To the next one
With each moment
Better than the last one

Even when times 
Weren’t so…well you know,
But you were right there
To pull me through it
Giving me all I need to have
And yet
You always make it clear
That all your strength
Is not yours alone
For what 
You give to me
You get from me

I understand now
What my mother meant
When she told me
If you can see 
God 
In someone
That someone is for you

Because whenever
I’m around you
I can feel
The presence
Of a higher power
With a spirit so high
I can touch the sky
With you right there
To catch me
When I come back down
And settle into your
Loving embrace
And wrap myself up
With your passion

A passion so strong
You move me physically
So deep
You take me
On a ride
To heaven’s ecstasy
Only a love
So good
Could be so true

That’s why
I wrote this
Especially for you.




(C) MICHAEL BOWIE


Please feel free to share your thoughts and memories. Thanks for reading.











Friday, May 15, 2020

Poetry Resources to Pursue This Year for Optimal Success


Poets, why not turn up the heat this year on your writing?
Whether your goal is to publish a chapbook, win a contest or increase your publication credits, opportunities abound.

There is progress to be made. There is money to be paid.
April was National Poetry Month. But, truth is, every month is poetry month for those of us who read, write and enjoy it. Wouldn't you agree?

With this is mind, here are a few resources to help you hone your craft, inspire your muse and move you forward.

The following sites provide an array of poetry related articles, tips, contests and calls for submissions. If you know of a resource that should be added here, please let me know in the comments section.
Thanks for reading.

Websites:


Trish Hopkinson


I am not a Silent Poet

https://iamnotasilentpoet.wordpress.com/


Highland Park Poetry


Poets & Writers


Chicago Writers Association



POETRY MANUSCRIPT PUBLISHERS



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