Poetry contest presents finalists tonight in Cherry

Kevin Allen

Poetry lovers have something to look forward to tonight as the WKU English Club presents the 8th annual Goldenrod Poetry Contest awards ceremony.

The contest is run by students and features cash prizes up to $25 for the winner, said Fort Mitchell senior Will Hollis, who helped organize the event.

Hollis said it’s good to have a contest just for undergraduate students, so they can gain experience being in a contest.

“Undergraduates don’t usually get that many opportunities,” Hollis said. “Most contests are either won by graduate students or are only for graduate students.”

This year, there were 44 poets who submitted a combined 108 poems of any type or subject for the contest.

Each contestant had to submit one or more poems before March 25 and now the top 10 finalists have been chosen, Hollis said.

The awards ceremony will consist of readings from the 10 finalists followed by the announcement of the three winners by Adam Day, a poet and temporary faculty member at the University of Kentucky, Hollis said.

The night will conclude with a reading from Day.

The awards ceremony will be at 7 p.m. tonight in Cherry Hall 125, and the event is free and open to the public.