World Poetry Day 2017


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Happy World Poetry Day from all of us at YARN! In celebration, today marks the day we open for submissions to our Finding Home poetry contest, judged by Meg Kearney, Founding Director of the Solstice Low-Residency Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program. We can’t wait to read your entries!

The contest runs through Saturday, April 8th at midnight, so polish up those pieces and get them to our inbox by then. Winners will be announced (and published) on Wednesday, April 26th.

Later in the month, we’ll be featuring outtakes by Pam Laskin, whose verse novel, “Ronit & Jamil,” is a lovely and lyrical retelling of Romeo and Juliet, and by Meg Kearney herself, whose verse novel, “When You Never Said Goodbye” is about an adoptee’s search for her birth mother releases this week. We’re thrilled to be sharing these glimpses into both of these works with our readers.

Finally, we’re also launching our very full and rich poetry season by featuring work by four newcomers to YARN, including work by two teens whose images blew us away. As always, we’re looking forward to reading your poetry. Find out how to submit to us here.

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