Calling all local poets
by Jan Runions
Those who possess a gift for structuring words into rhyme have an outlet for their gift. Indiana poet Stacy Savage is spearheading an Ancestor Appreciation Day poetry contest.
“Many people are not aware that such a day exists to honor our ancestors, who went through so much to ensure future generations a place. They left their native lands, went through war, poverty, worked hard and raised their children with what little they had,” said Savage, adding she created the event to capture snapshots of pioneer lives and to honor their memories.
Savage, who nine years ago began the search for her ancestors, found roots deep inside Claiborne County. The poet and Claiborne County Genealogy Group founder Cindy Widner are cousins through three different branches of the family tree.
A prolific poet, Savage has published five nature poetry books. The royalties from four of those books are donated to wildlife and nature organizations. She has had several poems published in nature related magazines throughout the world.
The Words on the Go arts project honored Savage when her poem “Whispers of Poets Past” was published on the sides of 30 city buses in Lafayette, Indiana.
She has twice judged the poetry category during the Best Books of Indiana Competition.
Poets may submit up to three selections. Please include a cover sheet with name, address, phone number and titles either by email or regular mail.
Savage will narrow submissions to five finalists before handing the decision to the Claiborne County Genealogy Group. The winner will receive two hours of free genealogy research by Widner. The winning poem will be published on both the Claiborne Genealogy and Genealogy Center’s Facebook pages and on the Genealogy Gems e-newsletter.
The winner will also receive a copy of ‘The Civil War Research Guide’ and a CD of the 2012 back issues of Family Tree Magazine.
Submissions must be ancestor-related and limited to 40 lines. The deadline is Monday with the winner-reveal scheduled for Sept. 27 during Ancestor Appreciation Day.
You may mail your poems to Ancestry Poetry Contest, 3121 Mounds Rd., Anderson, IN 46016 or email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The contest is open to the general public and not limited to Claiborne County.
Claiborne Progress| Civitas Media
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