4 p.m. DEADLINE: College Launches Search for the Next Bard of Bucks County

Residents are encouraged to submit 10 original poems to be considered the 2014 Bucks County Poet Laureate; entries must be delivered to the Newtown campus by 4 p.m. TODAY.

The search is on for the 38th Bucks County Poet Laureate, according to Bucks County Community College professors Christopher Bursk and Charlie Groth (pictured, left), directors of the longest-running poet laureate program in Pennsylvania.

Entrants must be a Bucks County resident over age 18 who has never previously served as poet laureate, explained Bursk (pictured, right), the 1978 poet laureate and a longtime professor at Bucks County Community College, which administers the program. 

Each entrant must submit 10 original poems along with an entry form to the college’s Department of Language and Literature. Entries must be received in the office by 4 p.m. today, Tuesday, September 9 (postmark deadline was September 5).

The winner of the competition will receive a $500 honorarium, a proclamation from the Bucks County Commissioners, and a reading at Bucks County Community College with 2013 Poet Laureate Alexa Gutter (pictured, second from right, with 2012 laureate Lara Adams Gaydos), and contest runners-up.

This year’s final judge is Kim Addonizio, the author of five poetry collections, two books on writing poetry, and a collection of stories. Addonizio's work has been honored with a Guggenheim Fellowship, two NEA Fellowships, two Pushcart Prizes, and many other awards, and has been translated into several languages.  

The preliminary judge is Kasey Jueds, author of Keeper, winner of the 2012 Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize from the University of Pittsburgh Press. Her poetry has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, appeared in numerous publications, and has also been featured on Public Radio International’s “The Writer’s Almanac.”

There is no charge for entry. Poetry of any style, form, or length is welcome. All work must be original, typewritten or word-processed on one side only, in black ink. The poems may be published or unpublished.

All entries must be accompanied by an entry form, which can be obtained online, at libraries and bookstores throughout the county, or by contacting the Dept. of Language & Literature at 215-968-8151. Entries must be delivered to BCCC Dept. of Language & Literature, 275 Swamp Rd., Newtown, Pa., 18940.

For more information, contact Dr. Christopher Bursk at 215-968-8156.

Jean Dolan
Assistant Director, Public Relations