Wednesday, December 29, 2021

Poets United Seeks Applicants For the Robin Denise Williams Memorial Scholarship

 

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 Robin Denise Williams Memorial Writing Scholarship for 2022.

ELIGIBILITY:

The program is open to students 17 years (high school 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 AMOUNT:

A 1X scholarship of $400.00 will be awarded to one selected male OR female. 

Funds may be used toward:

  • Tuition-related expenses
  • Website creation 
  • Textbooks
  • Computer Equipment or upgrade

CRITERIA:



Students must have a 3.0 G.P.A. and complete an essay on a designated topic by the deadline date.


2022 TOPICS ARE AS FOLLOWS:


HOW HAS THE PANDEMIC SHAPED YOUR FUTURE CAREER GOALS AND WHAT’S YOUR GAME PLAN TO ACHIEVE THEM?

HOW CAN WRITERS USE SOCIAL MEDIA RESPONSIBLY TO “MAKE FRIENDS AND INFLUENCE PEOPLE“?

IF YOU COULD INTERVIEW ONE FAMOUS PERSON, WHO WOULD IT BE AND WHY?

Applicants must choose one of the above topics and create a 250-500 word essay. Relevant poems on these topics are also acceptable. 

Essays and poems will be judged on creativity, originality and content.

Download application HERE



Send all submissions to: Coffeejens@gmail.com.

There is no fee required to apply.

We look forward to hearing from you.

DEADLINE:

Applications must be received by February 15, 2022.

NOTIFICATION:

Winners will be notified by March 1, 2022. Funds will be disbursed by PayPal or certified check.

ABOUT ROBIN DENISE WILLIAMS…


Robin Denise Williams dedicated her life to public service.

For many years she taught English and Creative Writing at Hubbard Highschool.

She was a talented, published writer who mentored to students and friends. Williams was a great supporter of the arts and of Poets United.

She touched the lives of many.


Photo credit*Classroom-Pixabay.com

Friday, October 15, 2021

Def Poetry Jam* A Review




Welcome back, readers!
After a brief summer break, Poets United is back on the scene with new and exciting things. Stay tuned for details.

Even though the pandemic has prevented us from performing around Chicago at various venues (including our monthly readings at our local library), we have still been actively engaged in poetic pursuits. This includes virtual readings, Poetry on 'Da Patio intimate gatherings, poetry discussions, and even sharing poetry over the phone. 
I've also participated in a few poetry contests as well.

It's important that we as creative artists keep our skills sharp; keep sharing important messages of hope and healing; and that we keep our minds active. 
Word up!

To practice what I preach, recently I have been viewing various poetry performances of spoken word artists across the world in video form and online. 

HERE'S THE 4-1-1...ON DEF POETRY JAM SPECIFICALLY



If you dig poetry and the art of Spoken Word, you'll love Def Poetry Jam. There is something here to appeal to every taste and literary leaning.
Def Poetry Jam is a former HBO series presented by Russell Simmons and hosted by Mos Def.

In various DVD taped episodes, poets from around the globe perform their works reflecting an array of perspectives, pet peeves, experiences and styles of expression. No topic is taboo. 

There are poems here on love, infidelity, racial injustice, body image, politics and everything under the sun. 
Delivered by wordsmiths that are new and emerging artists, as well as seasoned professionals. Including "poetry royalty" like M.C. Lyte, Jill Scott and Oscar Brown J.R. (a Chicago celebrity).  

As I watched, I found myself laughing; shedding tears; nodding my head in agreement; and simply being in total awe of the talent assembled.
I also felt a great sense of pride to be a part of such a powerful community. 
The same sense of pride in witnessing Amanda Gorman's Presidential reading.

Poets rock! There's no doubt about it. 

In fact, if you're a poet reading this, I give you permission to take a quick bow now. Go ahead...I'll wait.

Now, as I was sayin'...

Though there were so many noteworthy performances, one of my favorites was CHILDREN OF CHILDREN, by Oscar Brown Jr.

I leave you with this powerful piece courtesy of YouTube.

READERS

A penny for your thoughts here. 
Let's talk about poetry. Let's keep the arts alive.

Thanks for reading!


CHILDREN OF CHILDREN










Monday, July 12, 2021

Poetry On 'Da Patio Event a Huge Success!

 


Due to the perils of the pandemic, many of Poets United's in-person activities had to be placed on hold for the year of 2020/2021. With restrictions lifted and the city gradually re-opening, thankfully, we were able to take our interaction potentially off of Zoom on July 2nd, and soar to new heights! Pun intended.

Our backyard poetry parties are among our most popular offerings, and this one exceeded my expectations. We were divinely blessed with perfect weather (despite consecutive days of down pour.)

The menu consisted of: fried chicken, tacos, spaghetti, french fries, fried rice, wine, champagne, delicious desserts, and even a candy buffet for guests.

As the pictures will reflect, the gathering was attended by all different age groups and represented an array of styles of expression.

We partied hard...which included a few of the line dances and Cha-Cha slides. 

We look forward with anticipation and hope to next year's sequel. A special thanks to all of the poets and supporters who contributed to the event's success!

Here are some of the comments from those on the scene:

“Thanks soo much, Jen, for all of your great efforts and organization in bringing this wonderful event to fruition. It was a successful and fun time for all!”

Deb

“I enjoyed myself today. You definitely should give the next event sooner!”

Leonard

“It was off the chain, girl!”

Lil

PHOTO GALLERY FOR 
POETRY ON 'DA PATIO JULY, 2021
















Monday, April 5, 2021

On the Poetry Scene For April, 2021...


Welcome back, Poetry Peeps and Supporters! Happy to reconnect here today to bring you information and inspiration for days ahead. As many of you are aware, April is National Poetry Month. A time to read, write, share the myriad forms and formats of this ancient art that dates back to Biblical times. Stay tuned for events, poetry selections and listings throughout the month.

In the meantime and in/between time, I'd like to report the following:
SCHOLARSHIP AWARDED



Congratulations to Paul Cristoltean! The recipient of our Michael Bowie Memorial Creative Writing Scholarship. Paul currently attends the College of Lake County, where he maintains a B average. He plans to pursue a double major of Civil Engineering and English at University of Iowa. Paul's ultimate goal is to "write and produce films that will help entertain people in a way that has never been done before." We look forward to great things from Paul.

FORMER POETS UNITED MEMBER CHOSEN AS POET LAUREATE



Kudos to one of our former "family members" for being chosen as the 1st Poet Laureate for Hendersonville, Tennessee! This talented man is a visual artist, a poet, a writer and a published author.
Here's a short video of the induction ceremony, for those interested. Bravo, baby!



POETS UNITED TO PERFORM IN A VIRTUAL READING IN CONJUNCTION WITH WILLOW REVIEW MAGAZINE

 


Join us for a fun and engaging poetry reading on April 22, 2021.

Willow Review Literary Magazine

Launch, Reading and Reception

Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 7:00 PM

Zoom Meeting:   

https://clcillinois.zoom.us/j/96933435319?pwd=QUlpZmxES1RlN0ZPNVVldmtLOVA3dz09 

Online and open to all, the 2021 Willow Review reading will be held online through Zoom, on Thursday evening, April 22, at 7 PM. 

Contributors to CLC’s award-winning literary magazine, Willow Review, will read from their original poetry and prose. Copies of the 48th issue will be available for mail order sales. Reviewer D.E. Steward of Literary Magazine Review gave high praise to the CLC publication: “Willow Review is altogether a singular magazine, unlike any literary magazine in the reviewer’s experience.” 

Willow Review is partially funded by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

2021 ILLINOIS FEATURED AUTHORS: Jennifer Brown Banks and Poets United to Advance the Arts http://poetsunitedtoadvancethearts.blogspot.com/ 

SEEKING POETS TO FEATURE FOR NATIONAL POETRY MONTH


Are you a poet who would like to share your work and increase your visibility? We'd love to hear from you! Send up to 3 poems with a brief Bio to: Unitedpoetry1@gmail.com 

Sunday, January 31, 2021

Poets United Chosen as Illinois Featured Authors For 2021!


DETAILS AS FOLLOWS: 

Willow Review Literary Magazine

Launch, Reading and Reception

Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 7:00 PM

ZoomMeeting:   

 https://clcillinois.zoom.us/j/96933435319?pwd=QUlpZmxES1RlN0ZPNVVldmtLOVA3dz09

Online and open to all, the 2021 Willow Review reading will be held online through Zoom, on Thursday evening, April 22, at 7 PM. 

Contributors to CLC’s award-winning literary magazine, Willow Review, will read from their original poetry and prose. Copies of the 48th issue will be available for mail order sales. Reviewer D.E. Steward of Literary Magazine Review gave high praise to the CLC publication: “Willow Review is altogether a singular magazine, unlike any literary magazine in the reviewer’s experience.” 

Willow Review is partially funded by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

2021 ILLINOIS FEATURED AUTHORS: Jennifer Brown Banks and Poets United to Advance the Arts 

http://poetsunitedtoadvancethearts.blogspot.com/ 



Image credit: Pixabay.com

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 EXTENDED:

Applications must be received by February 15, 2021.

DOWNLOAD APPLICATION HERE:

https://smallpdf.com/shared#st=c8c8ccde-e591-4d50-bdb7-165589dc7169&fn=POETS+UNITED+MEMORIAL+SCHOLARSHIP+APPLICATION+2021-converted.pdf&ct=1611609573402&tl=result&rf=link


NOTIFICATION:

Winners will be notified by February 20, 2021. Funds will be disbursed by February 22, 2021 by PayPal or certified check.


Questions or problems? Send email to: 

POETS UNITED

Unitedpoetry1@gmail.com





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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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