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Poet Laureate CompetitionThree recognized poets, two of which reside in the Delaware Valley, the third, a "celebrity judge", are called upon to adjudicate and assign numeric value to the top 25 selected manuscripts. These numeric values are calculated to determine the winner in a fair and objective way. For more information and 2012 entry forms, go here


PoetryWITSFounded and Directed by 2008 Montgomery County Poet Laureate Elizabeth Rivers, the PoetryWITS (Writers in the Schools) Program has been established to showcase student writing and encourage poetry teaching. PoetryWITS offers various Lesson Plans for teachers, student poetry published online, a K-12 Youth Poetry Contest for Montgomery County (PA) residents. For more information visit the website -


Poetry NoirThe mission of Poetry Noir is to explore the universal moments presented or "spoken" in Black-and-White films with poetry writing. We will feature a film clip and challenge you to observe the film and to capture in words the poetry evoked by the cinematic moments. For more information visit the website -


Featured TeacherMCPL Featured Teacher, was created to honor the teachers who inspire students to write and think creatively. It is our hope that by incorporating the “Nominate a Teacher” functionality, we will generate future PoetryWITS Visiting Poets collaborations within the community and our schools. Learn more about this program here.


Online Poetry Professor with Dr. Christopher BurskMCPL is proud to present the Online Poetry Professor with Dr. Christopher Bursk. Our mission is to make a venue for the exploration of poetry easily available and to create an on-line community of poets eager to challenge themselves and grow as writers.
Learn more about the program here


Montco Poet's WordshopMCPL is joining with the the Philadelphia Writers' Conference (PWC) and Musehouse: A Center for the Literary Arts. PWC Free Forums will be held at the Musehouse (7924 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19118) on the first Thursday of every month, from 6:30PM - 8:30PM, beginning with readings by award-winning PoetryWITS student poets. This event is free and open to the public. Click here for more information

Montco Poet's WordshopThe Montgomery County Poet Laureate Program (MCPL) is launching a monthly gathering, The Montco Poets' Wordshop at Molly Maguire's Restaurant (Lansdale PA). This workshop-style gathering will be an opportunity for serious writers to share and discuss their work in a cooperative setting among peers. To get started we're asking local poets to indicate their interest. Click here for more information


The Leidy Bonanno Legacy ScholarshipEstablished on April 21, 2012, The Leidy Bonanno Legacy Scholarship will be awarded to a writer with a range of achievements in many fields and chosen annually according to criteria proposed by Musehouse: A Center for the Literary Arts. The Leidy Bonanno Legacy Scholarship will be presented at the MCPL Awards Event by the Poet Laureate. Click here for more information

UnIambicBlog from 2010 Poet Laureate Grant Clauser, who introduces readers: "I spend a little time most days poking around the Internet reading litzine sites, poetry articles and other literature-related content. Frequently I want to react to, write or rant about what I’ve read. I’ve dozens of essays in my head on poetry subjects, but haven’t gotten around to pitching any journals on these ideas. This blog, hopefully, will be a place for me to do those things, and perhaps get others to join in on the fun." Visit the Blog

Montco Poet's WordshopMCPL and NHS Human Services of Montgomery County are teaming up to launch three Workshops (1 ½ hours each, on a week night) at WVPL in Blue Bell starting in 2012. Poetry and Resilience is founded by 2011 MCPL Amy Small-McKinney. The mission is to use poetry as a positive tool for helping teens discover their voices through the use of poetry; a way for youth to discover their strength and resiliency in the face of challenges. Learn more information on this program here.


Abington Wild! Children's Art ExhibitChildren take over the Treetops Art Gallery this spring, as we present the opening of “Abington Wild,” a celebration of local plants and animals as artistically rendered by local school students. Come join us for a special reception featuring live entertainment and kid-friendly refreshments supplied by Whole Foods of Jenkintown. The Montgomery County Poet Laureate Program (MCPL) is inviting students to participate in a nature art show by submitting poems inspired by native plants and animals. We are looking for 15-20 student poems to be displayed in the gallery amongst fellow students artwork. Click here to learn more


Student Poetry NoirStudent Poetry Noir was developed as a resource for students to take part in the Poetry Noir challenges. These are film clips that universally speak to all age groups (obviously some in different ways then others). For more information visit the website -


Writing From WithinJoin us for an inspiring, welcoming and pleasurable guided writing circle led by Doris Ferleger, Ph.D. 2009 Poet Laureate of Montgomery County. Enter new and forgotten inner chambers and landscapes, voices and feelings. Be inspired by poems, prose, music, and each other. Learn new ways to spark your inner writer and quiet your inner critic. Writing circle provides a time and space to hone our human gifts of interconnection, contemplation, imagination, exploration and creation. Give yourself the gift of time for spontaneous writing, optional sharing, and respectful deep listening to one another. For more information, go here


Poetry & PercussionThis exciting performance combines voice and drum, two of the oldest instruments of human expression, in new and provocative ways. Poetry & Percussion attempts to combine words and sounds to touch the heart, conjure images in the mind's eye, and stir feeling in the soul. Use of the listener's imagination is not only encouraged, but necessary to fully appreciate the performance. In this way, a meditative mood is created in which all participants embark on a collective journey inward. This approach is very different from the style of presentation so prevalent in the music and art of today's popular culture. The only thing required is an open mind. For more information, go here


Montco Poetry PodcastsPoetry Podcasts hosted and recorded by 2007 Poet Laureate David Simpson. The Podcasts (rich media, such as audio or video, distributed via RSS) include interviews with past winners of the Montgomery County Poet Laureate Competition, as well as Celebrity Judge Marie Howe, and more. Go here to listen to the Podcasts.


Poetry blog from MCPL Executive Director Joanne Leva.


10th Year AnniversaryTo celebrate the 10th Year of the MCPL, 2007 Poet Laureate David Simpson invited all of the past poets laureate to produce a retrospective audio CD in honor of the program's first decade. The CD was completed for the 10th MCPL award ceremony, which was held at Arcadia University on Friday, April 11 2008. For more information visit the 10 Year Anniversary website -


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