The Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets and the NEW Zoo & Adventure Park recently announced winners in their third annual Kids Animal Poetry Contest in two age groups.
In the 5 – 7 age group: Lion by Remington Lambert was recognized.
In the 8-10 age group: The Sleepy Bear by Abigail Manthey stood out.
Winners will receive a cash award and a broadside version of their poems. About the poems our judge said:
“The direct address to the lion in Lions is charming. It was a tough call but I applaud how the poet of The Sleepy Bear imagined what the bear would do if it were free.”
About our judge:
Poetry is her 911. She is a retired professor emerita of the University of Wisconsin, Parkside. She has been a librarian in a log cabin in the north woods, a volunteer EMT, but she has always been a poet. She has published poetry, literary analysis, and research in three countries. She also served as the advisor for the Native student organization, Sacred Circle, at UW-Parkside while teaching there.
The Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets and the NEW Zoo & Adventure Park thank all of the participants for entering this year and hope they will continue writing poetry and appreciating wildlife.
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The Sleepy Bear
ABOUT WISCONSIN FELLOWSHIP OF POETS (WFOP): The Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets (WFOP) has been celebrating and promoting poetry for over 65 years, through readings, conferences, support and other poetry events. See more at: www.wfop.org or regional reading series site www.houseofthetomato.com