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I started writing poetry when I was young. Rather shy, I found my outlet in poetry. It was my go-to when things didn’t make sense or when I felt sad, lonely or angry.

When my grandfather passed away in 2011, I wrote a poem and read it at Relay For Life ceremonies. Poetry was – and still is – how I am able to work through my feelings in my own space.

I have a binder full of half-finished, fully-formed poems, most that no other eye has read, and that’s okay because that’s how I express myself. It’s how I’m heard when I feel like there’s no other way to be heard. And that’s the power of literature, isn’t it?

Learn to connect, relate and grow through the written word.

April is Poetry Month and the Library celebrates by accepting poetry submissions from members of our community. It’s not a contest. Instead, submissions will be turned into a collection featuring members of the community. It’s telling your story, giving your truth. It’s your voice in poetry format.

Poems are accepted until the end of April. Then they will be linked in a collection of poetry organized by age category. Each contributor will receive a free copy of the book, and the collection will also find its place on the library shelves.

The age categories are 8 and under, 9-13, 14-18 and 19 and over. Everyone is invited to participate, whether you are new to poetry or not. Poems must be your original work and only one poem entry per person, please. No page or word limits. And, of course, you retain full copyright to your work, even if you grant the library publishing rights when you submit it.

Community members can drop off their submissions in the drop box located in the library lobby. You can also email them to our Adult Program Coordinator, Margo Holmes at [email protected]

This Saturday is also Enid Author Fest, and the library will have local poets, using typewriters, to create poems for people on site. Also be sure to stop and visit the Putnam Six Bookstore and Old Soul used and antique books. We are also delighted to host the Oklahoma Library for the Blind.

Visit the library from 1-5 p.m. and find your new favorite local author. Check out the full list of 30 authors who will be in the library on the EPL website:

Be sure to drop by in April and help the library celebrate our community with your poetry.

Malan is a communications specialist at the Enid and Garfield County Public Library.

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