Bach Choir commissions student poems for new CD
With each year of the Student Poetry Project, there are surprises.
Poetry is like that. And so is April, National Poetry Month. Can you say serendipity?
For the 8th annual Student Poetry Project, one poem in particular has quite a pedigree.
"Puerto Rico's Christmas in Bethlehem" by Carla Victoria Lugo was chosen by The Bach Choir of Bethlehem as one of four poems requested from 4th grade students at Freemansburg Elementary School to be featured on The Choir's new CD, "A Child's Christmas in Bethlehem," planned for recording in June. Jenny Gilrain is the Freemansburg 4th grade teacher.
This year, poems for the 8th annual Student Poetry Project, in addition to being published in the April 17 and 18 Focus section in the eight Lehigh Valley Press newspaper print editions, will for the first time be online on the Focus pages at the Press web site: lehighvalleypress.com.
Another surprise is that the Student Poetry Project again won a statewide journalism contest award.
The Student Poetry Project adjudication committee, chaired by George VanDoren, of the Penn State Lehigh Valley Writing Project and a Moravian College adjunct professor, met April 3 at the WDIY Lehigh Valley Community Public Radio Station to select poems to be published.
The three students whose poems are on the front page of the April 17 ad 18 features section have been invited to read their poems, 6 - 6:30 p.m. April 29, "Lehigh Valley Arts Salon," WDIY, 88.1 FM, wdiy.org.
Hosts for the WDIY show include VanDoren; Marilyn Hazelton, The Swain School Poet-In-Residence, and a Student Poetry Project adjudicator; and Paul Willistein, Lehigh Valley Press Focus Editor and a Student Poetry Project adjudicator.
This year's Student Poetry Project adjudicators included: Ann E. Michael, DeSales University Writing Coordinator whose book of poems, "Water-Rites," was published last year; Bonnie Bleiler, teacher; Stacey Siran-Alexander, WDIY Youth Media Program; Shirley Daluisio, retired Bethlehem Area School District English teacher; Hazleton, VanDoren and Willistein.
Several of the Student Poetry Project adjudication committee members are offering poetry workshops.
Hazelton offers the fifth and final, "Sustaining The Soul Through Creative Discovery: A Workshop Series of Words & Photographs," 9 a.m. - noon April 20, Floreant Projects Gallery-Studio, 215 Main St., Emmaus. Information: floreantprojects.com
VanDoren teaches in the Penn State Lehigh Valley Writing Project two-week summer writing camp, July 8 - 19, taught by National Writing Project Fellows at Penn State Lehigh Valley, Center Valley.
Offerings include Literacy Lab (Grade 1), Drama Dabblers and Camping Trip Chronicles (Grades 2, 3), Kidventions and Detective Diaries (Grades 4 - 6), Tales of Treasure Hunting (Grades 7 - 9) and High School Writers Workshop (Grades 9 - 12). Information: sycroar.org
The 7th annual Student Poetry Project received an Honorable Mention in the Keystone Press Awards of the Pennsylvania Newspaper Publishers Association. The award is to be presented at the 2013 Pennsylvania Press Conference, May 18, Harrisburg.
Previously, the Student Poetry Project received Third Place in the 2010 Reader Initiative Award of the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association Foundation.
This year, the publication date for the 2013 Student Poetry Project is one week earlier than the previously announced April 24 and 25 Focus section dates. The Student Poetry Project usually is published on the last Wednesday and Thursday in April.