PATERSON, NJ - Saying that “engaging children through poetry allows them to discuss topics that are important to them, allows them a social-emotional expression, provokes critical thinking and encourages high level communication and collaborative discussions,” Talena Lachelle Queen, the city’s Poet Laureate, and organizer of the Paterson Poetry Festival, has announced the winners of the inaugural Paterson Poetry Festival contest.
The winners, and their families, have been invited to be recognized at the Poetry Festival to be held on Saturday. The Paterson Poetry Festival will take place outdoors at 77 Hamilton Street from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.
In addition to the poetry contest, the festival will feature live performances by several local poets including Queen, Lewis Cole, Manny Martinez, and Ralston Moore.
“Giving students an opportunity to express themselves helps build a better Paterson because a place with balanced social emotional beings who think critically and can communicate effectively is the basis for a civilized cultured environment.,” Queen told TAPinto Paterson. “ Who doesn't want that?”
TAPinto Paterson congratulates all of the winners:
1st Place The Decline, by Michael Depena RPHS
2nd Place Face of Beauty by Jennifer Guizar RPHS
3rd Place Feathered Thoughts by Kiara Guzman RPHS
Honorable Mention Untitled Jennifer Guizar RPHS
1st Place Sleep No More by Nathaniel Munoz Grade 6 School 18
2nd Place Feelings by Aaliyah Smith Grade 6 School 18
3rd Place Sleep Days in the Sunlight by Molly Avalos Grade 8 School 18
1st Place Thunder and Rain by Emilee Fernandez Grade 5 MLK
2nd Place Peace to the World by Romario Reid Grade 5 MLK
3rd Place Even Though We Speak Different Languages by Edward Easterling Grade 5 MLK
Honorable Mention Dark and Light by Yoharitza Becerra Grade 5 MLK
Honorable Mention Judging by Justin Aybar Grade 5 School 18
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