There once was a budding young poet
Who was wondering how he could show it.
So he sent in his tome
To the library’s home
In hopes that his style wouldn’t blow it.

That’s probably not a winner, but your poem could be, if you enter before the deadline Friday in the Evanston Public Library’s 35th Annual Jo-Anne Hirshfield Memorial Poetry Awards competition.

Open to all Evanston school students and adults throughout the Chicago metropolitan area, awards will be made in four categories: kindergarten through fifth grade, sixth through eighth grade, high school students, and adults.

There will be three cash awards made in each category: $100, $50, and $25. The awards are funded by an endowment to the library in memory of Jo-Anne Hirshfield.

This year’s judge will be Bruce Guernsey, who taught English for 25 years at Eastern Illinois University and served as the editor of the Spoon River Poetry Review.

The awards will be presented in the Evanston Public Library Community Meeting Room on Sunday, April 21, at 2 p.m.

Information about how to file your entry is available on the library’s website.

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...

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