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Press release, January 3, 2015:

YPPC Celebrates Young Poets

If you’re under 19 and have a thing or two to say about peace, get out your pencils (and maybe art supplies), crank up some inspiring music, and write a poem. Write several poems—there is no limit to entries in the seventh annual Youth Peace-Poem Competition, mounted by the Powell River Live Poets’ Guild. You can become a published poet!

Art entries are also welcome for the Visual Poetry category.

Deadline is May 1. Entry forms are available from schools, the library, Breakwater Books, Kingfisher Books, or by calling the Live Poets’ Guild at 604-483.4940.

There are four levels of prizes, the first-place Grand Prize at $300. Class and Grade level prizes will be awarded at participating schools and the Division and Grand prizes will be awarded publicly at Art in the Park in August, 2015.

The Guild will publish the seventh edition of PRIPPA (Powell River International Peace-Poem Anthology), an anthology of all winning poems.

YPPC grew out of the International Peace Poem, which was born on the island of Maui in 1996 and is now probably the world’s longest poem, as lines are continually added. More than 125,000 lines describe love, understanding and hope across the planet. In Hawaii, the Youth Peace-Poem Competition involves more than four hundred schools and the project has spread beyond the islands. (See www.peacepoem.org for the Poem’s story.)

The Powell River Live Poets’ Guild brought the Peace Poem scroll to Powell River in 2008 and began hosting the annual YPPC for everyone under 19, with awards for the best peace poems at class, group, division and grand levels, plus publication of all winning poems in a book.

Winning poems were published in PRIPPA 2008: Friendship Never Ends, after the title of the grand-prize-winning poem that year (PRIPPA stands for Powell River International Peace Poetry Anthology.) PRIPPA 2009: Can You Hear Peace? was the first totally local, perfect-bound book made in Powell River. That publishing model was followed by PRIPPA in succeeding years with The Locked Box, Same Sea, One Moment, and Tell Me a Story of Peace.

Are you a teacher wanting to enter your class, or an individual entrant? CLICK HERE to download the kit, complete with lesson plans and entry forms.

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