Georgia Poet Laureate Prize for H.S. Students

Poet Laureate’s Prize

 Georgia’s Poet Laureate, Judson Mitcham, in collaboration with Georgia Council for the Arts and Atlanta Magazine, is pleased to announce the creation of the Poet Laureate’s Prize, to be awarded annually for an original poem written by a Georgia high school student. A winner and four finalists will be selected by the poet laureate and announced in early April 2014. The winning poet and four finalists will have the opportunity to meet Governor Deal and the Poet Laureate and will be honored at the Georgia State Capitol in the spring. The winning entry will be published in the June 2014 print edition of Atlanta Magazine. All finalists will also be published at Entry details are included in the guidelines. The entry deadline is March 5, 2014. Contact Allen Bell at l address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions.

Georgia Poet Laureate Prize for H.S. Students

Effie Waller Smith- Poem-A-Day

Effie Waller Smith- Poem-A-Day


Effie Waller Smith was born in Pike County, Kentucky, in 1879. Her parents, both former slaves, insisted that Smith and her siblings receive the highest quality education available. After attending Kentucky State University, Smith began submitting her work, and published three volumes of poetry before her death in 1960.


Happy New Year to All Again

Happy New Year to All Again

As some of you may know, the celebration of  the Chinese New Year began a few days ago. We have been working with several talented writers/translators in that part of the world. I wanted to send good wishes and congratulations to CJ Anderson Wu and Chung Wenyin. 

    Also wanted share that Chung has been very busy, She released Ahmam’s Islands formerly known as Woman’s Island in 2012.

     The Book deals with a young woman coming to terms with her life doing the festivities of the Chinese New Year in Taiwan.

     The book can be downloaded from Amazon Kindle  Chung’s work will also be featured on PBS Taiwan,

     for those of you who speak Taiwanese the links can be found here.


      As we enter the year of the horse, you may want to investigate how the other side of the world celebrates their New Year.


Langston Hughes Let America Be America Again

Langston Hughes Let America Be America Again

February is Black History Month. Thought I would visit the poetry archives of #Academy of American Poets and share some of the greats found there. For more on Langston Hughes visit