Lafayette Cultural Arts Commission and ARTS!Lafayette are proud to announce a call for entries to the 2017 Lafayette Youth Poetry Prize. All entries are due April 7, 2017; at noon. The Lafayette Youth Poetry Prize (LYPP) aims to cultivate and inspire poetry while celebrating Lafayette’s commitment to community arts. $340 will be given out in prize money.
The Lafayette Youth Poetry Prize is open to youth (K – 8th grade) living in or attending school in
Lafayette. The youth entries will be divided into three age categories, with a Spanish Language and English division at each age level. Cash prizes will be awarded at each level. All styles, themes and lengths are welcome. High school students and adults are welcome to enter the Michael Adams Poetry Prize later this year.
The finalists at all youth levels will be invited to read at a public event at The Collective Community Arts Center located at 201 N. Public Road at 2pm on April 29, 2017.
All entries must be received by April 7; at noon. Entries may be hand delivered to The Collective, mailed or emailed. Entry forms and additional info may be found atwww.cityoflafayette.com/LYPP
Michael Adams was a longtime member and chair of Lafayette Cultural Arts Commission, founding board member of ARTS!Lafayette, as well as a talented poet. Mike was a talented poet as well as a dedicated leader in the arts in Lafayette. He had a passion for poetry, the arts and community. He was an intelligent, thoughtful and guiding force for many. He had a huge heart and was a stellar volunteer. He lost his life to cancer in September 2013; this contest is held in his honor.
Lafayette, Colo. March, 2015 – – Lafayette Cultural Arts Commission and ARTS!Lafayette will host the 2015 Michael Adams Poetry Prize Reading and Reception on Saturday, April 18, 5:00 – 8:30 PM at the Church of the Arts, 110 Roosevelt St. in old town Lafayette. The event will recognize participants and winners of the 2015 contest named in honor of the poet Michael Adam. The Michael Adams Poetry Prize aims to cultivate and inspire poetry while celebrating Lafayette’s commitment to community arts. Over $1200 will be given out in prize money.
Youth poetry will be presented at the reading from 5 – 6:00 pm. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes will be awarded at elementary, middle, and high school levels. The event is open to all participants and their families.
A reception for all ages will be held from 6 – 7: oo pm. Refreshments will be provided. The adult poetry reading will follow the reception from 7 – 8:30 pm. Honorable mention and winners in the categories of “Social Justice” and “Natural Word” as well as the “Michael Adams Poetry Prize” will read their winning entries.
More than 100 poems were submitted. The contest was open to all Colorado adult poets as well as youth living in or attending school in Lafayette. All levels are eligible for cash prizes; with the grand prize earning $500. The 2015 judge is Martin Balgach.
Michael Adams was a founding board member of ARTS!Lafayette and longtime member and chair of Lafayette Cultural Arts Commission as well as a talented poet. Mike was a talented poet as well as a dedicated leader in the arts in Lafayette. He had a passion for poetry, the arts and community. He was an intelligent, thoughtful and guiding force for many. He had a huge heart and was a stellar volunteer. He lost his life to cancer in September 2013; this contest is named in his honor.
Contact Susan Booker (susanb at cityoflafayette dot com), Cultural Resources Coordinator for the City of Lafayette for more information
ARTS!Lafayette and the Lafayette Cultural Arts Commission are proud to announce:
Michael Adams Poetry Prize Reading & Reception
Saturday, April 18, 2015
Church of the Arts
110 Roosevelt St.
5:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Youth Poetry 5:00 – 6:00
Readings by 2015 Winning Youth Poets
1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place Prizes for three categories: elementary, middle, and high school
All participants and families welcome
Refreshments will be provided
Adult Poetry 7:00 – 8:30
Readings by 2015 Winning Adult Poets
1st Place and two Honorable Mention Prizes for the following categories “Social Justice” and “The Natural World” and the “Michael Adams Poetry Prize”
Named in honor of the poet Michael Adams, the Michael Adams Poetry Prize aims to cultivate and inspire poetry while celebrating Lafayette’s commitment to community arts.
• Poems must be previously unpublished
• Poets must be current Colorado residents
• Entries were submitted by March 22nd.
• Entries are limited to one poem per category (The Michael Adams Poetry Prize, Social Justice, The Natural World)
• Please include name, address, phone, and email on each poem (judging will be conducted blindly)
The 2015 Judge is Martin Balgach.
• Poets must live or attend school in Lafayette, Colorado.
• Entries were submitted by March 22nd.
• Entries are limited to two poems per poet. An entry form must be attached to each poem submitted.
• If you are a teacher submitting work on behalf of students, please pre-screen and only submit works you find exemplary.
• Please include name, grade, home or school address, phone, and parent or teacher email on each poem (judging will be conducted blindly)
The 2015 Judge is Martin Balgach.
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Founding Arts!Lafayette board member and dedicated volunteer for Lafayette, Colorado passed away on September 26, 2013. A celebration of Mike’s life will be held Sunday, October 6, 2013 at Boulder Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Lafayette at 2 p.m. Michael fought a long battle with cancer keeping a positive outlook for the entire time. We miss Michael and his poetry and dedication to the arts in Lafayette. Please join us in celebrating his life and memory on Sunday, October 6, 2013 at Boulder Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at 2:00p.m.
The published legacy obituary can be found here.
Read Michael’s poetry here.
The longer, more complete version follows:
Michael Adams died on September 26, 2013, surrounded by family and friends. He was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and grew up in the steel town of Homestead. Colorado has been his home for over 30 years.
Mike’s life and work were a reflection of his own intellectual curiosity and varied interests. He spent four years as a steelworker at the Duquesne works while he attended the University of Pittsburgh, where he received a Bachelor’s degree in anthropology, and a Master’s degree in planning. He continued his education at the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado.
After his stint as a steelworker, Mike worked as an urban planner, mountaineering guide, teacher, and natural resource manager. His recent career included work for Boulder County Open Space as a natural resource manager, and as a faculty advisor for the Masters’ program in Adventure Education at Prescott University.
Mike spent much time hiking and exploring in the mountains of Colorado. He especially loved being at the cabin he built in the Wet Mountains.
Mike was an accomplished and highly regarded poet and writer. The author of eight books of poetry and essays, Michael has been published in numerous journals, magazines and anthologies, and literary journals. Mike was also an accomplished musician and claw-hammer banjo player and often merged his poetry with music. Michael was very active in poetry and the arts, both locally and regionally. He was active in, and for a time chaired, the Lafayette Cultural Arts Commission . He was a Guest Artist with Art From Ashes, and performed on radio and television across the country, either alone or as part of the poetry group The Free Radical Railroad. He was the winner of the 2007 Mark Fischer Poetry Prize.
His diverse work experience and upbringing left him with a lifelong passion for issues of social, economic, and environmental justice and a love for the natural world. Throughout his life, Mike stayed true to his roots, his principles and his beliefs, and advocated tirelessly on behalf of justice and equality.
Everyone who knew Michael had a deep respect for his rectitude and intellectual honesty, and the thoughtfulness and integrity with which he approached everyone around him and everything he did. Those who knew him will always remember his wise counsel, his good cheer around the campfire, his hearty laugh, his poetry and his banjo playing and singing. His friends regarded his as their brother, and his community of family and friends will miss him deeply.
Michael is survived by his beloved wife Claire, mother Martha, mother-in-law Margaret, sister Jeanne and her partner Lavon, brother Mark and wife Lynne, sister-in-law Colleen and husband Ray, brother-in-law Dan and his wife Li-Piin, nephews Andy and wife LeeAnn, Kaleb and wife Loretta and great-nephew Jakob, niece Heather and husband Simon and great nephew Dylan, faithful canine companion Terra, a large extended family and his many, many friends.
A celebration of Mike’s life will be held Sunday, October 6, 2013 at Boulder Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at 2:00.
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