Poetry Contest Celebrates Saint Leo's 125th Anniversary
Saint Leo University announces poetry contest in celebration of 125th anniversary.
What about Saint Leo University's rich history impresses you – touches your heart or inspires you? Share your thoughts and feelings through poetry. Participate in Saint Leo University's anniversary poetry contest.
American poet James Tate said, "Poetry is everywhere. It just needs editing."
If that's true, then a profusion of poetry can be found in Saint Leo University's 125-year history – and English instructor Gianna Russo, a poet herself, is looking for members of the university community who would like to do some "editing."
To help commemorate Saint Leo's quasquicentennial, the university is conducting a poetry contest, and all members of the Saint Leo community – students, faculty, staff and alumni – are invited to create and submit a poem that embodies the spirit of Saint Leo.
Sponsored by the Department of English, Fine Arts and Humanities, Sandhill Review, Lightning Key Review, and The Sandhill Writers Retreat, the contest welcomes a broad range of reflections, experiences and memories in all poetic forms.
"Of all the art forms, poetry is probably the one that we most often turn to for significant occasions, such as weddings, funerals, presidential inaugurals, etc.," says Russo. "Saint Leo's 125th anniversary certainly qualifies. This contest provides an opportunity to celebrate all that Saint Leo is in poetry."
What is your personal experience of Saint Leo? What thoughts and emotions does reflecting on the university's extensive history – including Saint Leo's core values, mission and dedication to balanced growth in mind, body and spirit – inspire in you?
Russo says you don't have to be a University Campus student to answer those types of questions, which makes the poetry contest a great way for students enrolled in online degree programs and at education centers to be part of the anniversary festivities.
"Some elements of Saint Leo's unique history should be reflected, but the poems should also achieve some level of literary artistry," says Russo.
Here are the official guidelines:
First-, second-, and third-place winners, with possible honorable mentions, will recognized during the Founders Week celebration; winning poems will also be placed on plaques at a place of recognition at University Campus, such as the library, as well as on the 125th-anniversary web page, and will be included in the Sandhill Review and a Highlights in History e-mail and blog post.
In addition to Pioneer College and the Saint Leo University Chronicles, poets may find the document, Vision 2017, which describes the university's dreams and aspirations to be a helpful resource.
If you've never written a poem before, Russo encourages you to give it a try.
"Sometimes the best art comes from outside the establishment – in this case, the field of trained poets," says Russo.
For more information, contact Gianna Russo, instructor of English and editor-in-chief of Sandhill Review, at (352) 588-8282 or firstname.lastname@example.org.