Paperless Poetry Winners are Announced!

Awards will be given at the Rockport Poetry Festival on Sunday April 28th. See Schedule below for further details.

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The Paperless Poetry Contest is part of the Rockport Poetry Festival which will be held throughout the town on Sunday, April 28th to celebrate National Poetry Month. It is being done in collaboration with the Robert Frost Society, The John Greenleaf Whittier Home and Museum, The Boston National Poetry Month Festival, and the Newburyport Literary Festival.

The Paperless Poetry Contest was open to ALL students in Rockport. This included students who live in Rockport but who attend private schools. Here is the list of Rockport Public School Winners. There were up to 3 Honorable Mentions in each division.

K-1 Participation by Joseph Brackett, Ryan Coleman-Terzo, Ellis Collins, Sarai Dunwell, Leo Fortunato, Gunnar Fraelick, Onni Gibson, Aidan Hale, Benjamin Heller, Poppy Holmes, Willa Kinnunen, Van Knowlton, Mamie Loring, Emma Marshall, Jemma Moores, Caleb Murray, Bradly Nazere, Ana Julia Olivera and Khloe Sholds-Neal.

Primary 2-3  1st Kai Buchanan, 2nd Isabella Scherbarth and 3rd Owen Caucus

Elementary 4-5  1st Liam Fauci, 2nd Sally Elinska, 3rd Tessa Twombly and HM  Lillian Cunha

Middle 6-7-8 1st Alletta Valvano, 2nd Cameron Arndt, and 3rd Caleb Francis, HM Gavin Johnston Ransom, HM Gracie Burbank, and HM Zoe Tallgrass 

High School 9-10-11-12  1st Rosemary McNiff and 2nd Jessica White



Rockport Poetry Festival  SCHEDULE  for Sunday, April 28th, 2019

9-10am Breakfast at Brackett’s Brothers Brew (25 MainStreet) where poets will be reading where we have our Rockport Poetry Open Mic

11:00am – 1:00pm at Spiran Hall (corner of School Street & Broadway) the “Dead Poets Society” which will be visits from a younger John Greenleaf Whittier, Emily Dickinson, a younger Robert Frost, and an older Anne Bradstreet… (in period costumes) presenting at approximately half hour intervals. A string quartet will perform during intermissions.

1:15pm at Rockport Public Library (corner of School Street & Broadway) Paperless Poetry Contest Award Ceremony. Winners presented Awards by Poet Laureates of Rockport and Gloucester then they read their poems.

2:15pm “Poet Laureates Present” Several poet Laureates from towns/cities in the region will read their work

3:15pm “End of the Line Poets” readings by poets from Rockport

4pm Festival Ekphrastic Verse Contest Award Ceremony held at Rockport Art Association and Museum (12 Main Street)

4:15pm “Rockport Poetry Open Mic” open for sign up by anyone from Cape Ann, the Northshore, and beyond! Rockport Public Library

6pm “You can Call Me Light” Film at Little Art Cinema (corner of School Street & Broadway) followed by music and readings from the musicians and poets in the film at the Festival Closing Reception

Throughout the Day

For folks just coming to town and unaware of the Festival and for those who want to just saunter along and experience the spoken word, we will have a map with sequential times and places posted for an “Unexpected Poetry Tour” with individual poets reading at various businesses.