Poets living in NC, TN, VA, WV, KY and GA — pay close attention to this blog announcement, as YOU meet the criteria to enter the first ever Byron Herbert Reece Society Poetry Contest. For those unfamiliar with Reece, he was an Appalachian poet, fiction writer, farmer, and teacher. His life was too short, but he lived with great feeling, which is expressed through his poetry and fiction. You may learn more about Reece here: http://www.byronherbertreecesociety.org/bhr_theman.htm. Currently, the Reece property in Blairsville, Georgia, is being developed to house an amphitheatre, Reece’s writing studio, a visitor center, farm equipment of Reece’s, and nature trails.
It is the mission on the Byron Herbert Reece Society (of which I’m a member) to preserve, perpetuate, and promote the literary and cultural legacy of Byron Herbert Reece. For the contest, there is no theme, and all judging is blind (as a board member I will NOT be participating). The only requirement is that you live in NC, TN, VA, WV, KY or GA. Jim Clark will select the winning poem, and the poet will receive $300 and the opportunity to read her or his poem at the Society’s annual meeting in summer 2011. To enter, fill out the entry form, send three poems and your $15 entry fee. Details are here: http://www.byronherbertreecesociety.org/poetry_contest.htm. Send your best, postmarked by May 2, 2011.