|River of Words Environmental Poetry and Art Project|
Written by Curtis Rogers
Friday, 14 December 2007 12:32
River of Words (ROW), a non-profit organization, was founded in 1995 by then-US Poet Laureate Robert Hass and writer Pamela Michael. The South Carolina Center for the Book in affiliation with The Library of Congress Center for the Book encourages students to participate in this international poetry and art contest for students in grades K-12.
River of Words is an arts and environmental education program that:
Each April, eight US winners, one international winner, and a “ROW Teacher of the Year” are honored (during National Poetry Month) at an Award Ceremony at The Library of Congress in Washington, DC.
River of Words publishes an annual poetry book of winning submissions, selected by Robert Hass. Winning artwork pieces are exhibited at museums, libraries, conferences and other venues around the world. Through the website and many workshops and presentations around the country, the project provides students and teachers—and their communities—with tools, inspiration and incentive to begin exploring the natural and cultural history of their own homegrounds.
The contest is free, and every entry is acknowledged with a personalized “Watershed Explorer” certificate. Students may enter on their own or through schools, nature centers, libraries, youth clubs and other organizations. Girl Scouts can earn their “Water Drop” patch by entering the contest and fulfilling other requirements (www.epa.gov/adopt/patch/).
The contest deadline is: North American entries—postmarked by February 15 International entries—received by March 1A brief informational video is available at www.sccenterforthebook.org.
For more information, visit www.riverofwords.org.