Bucks County Poet Laureate
It's no wonder the Bucks County Poet Laureate program resides at Bucks County Community College, for this place has long been a haven for poetry. This is a place for readers and writers; speakers and audiences; those taking first steps on this path and those whose feet know each turn.
Bucks County Poet Laureate Program
The Bucks County Poet Laureate program, reaching back to 1977, is the longest poet laureate program in the state. For over three decades of history, the Commissioners of Bucks County have supported the program, which is funded by the BCCC Foundation.
The open competition begins each summer with submissions due in September and the new Poet Laureate named in the fall.
Bucks County High School Poet of the Year
Ninth, tenth, eleventh, and twelfth-grade students who live in Bucks County and/or attend Bucks County high schools are eligible to compete for this honor, awarded each spring. In addition, an anthology will be made from each year's entries; if students wish to have their work considered for the anthology, they simply check off the appropriate box on the entry form.
- The deadline for the 2021 contest is March 19, 2021.
- 2021 Submission Form
Bucks County Poet Laureate Events and Publications
The current and former Bucks County Poet Laureates have recently formed an Advisory Council to promote poetry within the county. Watch this space for details of events and projects.
Written by working poets recognized for their art, this book of ready-to-use prompts gives teachers new, creative tools to encourage poetry writing in their classrooms. Senior and middle school students will learn from the examples presented by more than 20 local Poets Laureate.
Fire Up the Poems inspires creative expression, demonstrates the power of poetry to create change, and enables a wider understanding of ideas. Edited by Mary Jo LoBello Jerome, PL 2019, with Katherine Hahn Falk, PL 2017, Luray Gross, PL 2002, Laren McClung, PL 2016, and Ethel Rackin, Director of the PL Program at BCCC, the prompt anthology will eventually be made available online to a wider audience.
Scholarship in Memory of Dr. Allen Hoey
A scholarship is being established in memory of Dr. Allen Hoey, 2001 Bucks County Laureate, former Director of the Bucks County Poet Laureate Program, and fondly-remembered BCCC Language and Literature Department professor. For details, please contact Chris Bursk (215-968-8156, firstname.lastname@example.org).