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2017 State of the Word – December 16
Stories have the power to heal, to dispel misunderstandings, to inspire, and to build community. Join us on Saturday, December 16, for an evening celebrating Southern Word’s 10 years of lifting youth voice at the Tenth Annual State of the Word. The State of the Word will feature the region’s top college and high school writers, poets, emcees and spoken-word artists. Come out for a night of Stories That Bend Us. A panel of judges will also select the fourth Nashville Youth Poet Laureate, a program which aims to identify young writers and leaders who are committed to civic and community engagement, diversity and tolerance, and youth voice across Nashville.
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Poetry In Motion
As part of the 2018 Nashville Poetry in Motion®, eight youth writers will have their poetry featured on MTA buses. Inspired by the quest for improved public transportation, submitted poems should speak to the theme: The Power of Movement. The ability to move and a willingness to move often determines possibility in our lives. We are asking poets to explore this relationship between movement and possibility in their writing.
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