For National Poetry Month, the Academy Library is holding a contest for original blackout poetry. Blackout poems are created using a discarded page from a newspaper, magazine or book. Mark around the words in the text to create a poem and strike out the rest. For ideas, see the examples below, visit Austin Kleon’s Newspaper Blackout site or watch a how-to video.
How to Enter
- Use a discarded newspaper or magazine page provided at the library*, or an old magazine or newspaper of your own.
- Mark around the words in the text to create a poem. Be as artistic as you like.
- Submit your blackout poem at the library with an attached entry form or a separate piece of paper with the following information: NAME, POEM TITLE, EMAIL. Do not put your name on the poem.
- Open to all members of the PEA community.
Deadline for Submissions – Sunday April 19th.
- All submissions must be turned in at the library help or circulation desk by Sunday April 19th.
- Submissions will then be displayed in the library and on the Class of 1945 Library’s Facebook page.
- Public voting will take place in person and online from April 20 – April 24th.
- Winners will be notified by early May. Winners will receive Grill Bucks.
If you have questions, feel free to contact Reference & Outreach Librarian Beth Rohloff.
*Only discarded materials can be used for this project. Please do not mark up any current materials.