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About Poetry

Derek Walcott, Nobel Prize winning poet and one of St Lucia’s most famous sons, is to deliver a reading and commentary on the theme, ‘A Heart with Two Homes’, as part of the island’s 25th Independence Day Celebrations. The event will take placeat London’s RFH Ballroom on 25th February at 7.30pm. Tickets are priced 9 25 (25 ticket includes invitation to a post show reception). To complement this reading, a FREE installation has been created on the RFH Ballroom by the Education Team, which will be open to the public from 21st February 1st March, 10am 10.30pm. It includes books, footage and writing about Walcott by his contemporaries and a new poetry film made with St Lucian born people living in London working with poet Maggie Harris and filmmaker Piers Leigh.

Campbell Corner Poetry Contest

Campbell Corner has announced its Sixth Annual Poetry Contest. Audio tapes of the readings will be publicly available at the Poets House Multimedia Archive. The poems will also be published on the Campbell Corner’s Language Exchange.

To enter the poetry competition, submit one to three poems to:

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All entries must be postmarked no later than 15th March 2004. Maximum length for submissions is 12 pages. Entrants must submit their poems in three printed copies. The entry fee is $25. Cheques should be made payable to Sarah Lawrence College. Previously published work is accepted, but when and where published should be noted on the cover sheet. V. On 7th February, CLMP hosts another in its series of national Literary Magazine and Small Press Fairs this time in Houston, Texas. Over sixty publishers are participating in
fake oakleys the Houston Fair, to take place from 12 5pm at the Brazos Bookstore Gallery on 2425 Bissonnet St. The Fair features a panel discussion, "Inside the Masthead", with editors from Houston based publishers Arte Pblico Press, Gulf Coast and Lyric Poetry Review. The event is free and open to the public. This year the conference takes place at the Palmer House in Chicago, Illinois, from 24th 27th March. There will also be a CLMP Membership Meeting and a CLMP member dinner. All AWP Conference attendees can attend the Literary Publishers Conference (however, there is a small registration fee for the workshops).

Zoo Press: Kenyon Review Prize in Poetry

The deadline for this year’s Kenyon Review Prize in Poetry is 15th March 2004. The recurring judge is David Baker. Now mind you, my niece had always been an avid reader of white romance novels since her early teens,
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