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Poet Laureate

The Poet Laureate Competition is an annual county-wide poetry competition for high school students hosted by Forsyth Educator Partnership in conjunction with WS/FCS.

The competition augments the WS/FCS English curriculum, and serves as an opportunity for students to showcase spoken word skills to a broader audience. Winners receive a small monetary cash award, and publication of their works in the print journal Fresh Voices Rising.

The annual Fresh Voices Rising Chap book is illustrated by high school art students who are highlighted and recognized also.

The competition is in its ninth year and has created an avenue of creative expression for hundreds of students.

2017 Poet Laureate Competition Winners

  • First Place: Dani Coan
  • Second Place: Hannah Rose Mabe
  • Third Place: Lydia Wu

As a writer who grew up attending WS/FC schools, I know the importance of encouraging and praising young poets… That early encouragement gave me the confidence to pursue the writing that has become my career and a source of strength, hope, and healing in my life.

Rhett Iseman Trull

Editor, Cave Wall Press

More About This Program

This project is produced in partnership with WS/FCS. It augments high school English Curriculum while providing a creative avenue for students. Each year the poetry is published in Fresh Voices Rising chapbook that is illustrated by high school artists.

Buy the 2017 chapbook, Fresh Voice Rising.

Fresh Voices Rising

  • Price: $5.00 Quantity:
    Annual poetry journal from the Poet Laureate Competition. Includes all poems from the competition with illustrations by high school artists.
  • Price: $2.00 Quantity:
    Please include if you would like us to mail one to you via USPS. Otherwise, you can pick one up at the Educator Warehouse, 986 Hutton Street, Winston-Salem during hours of operation.
  • $0.00

2017 Poet Laureate Competition Gallery

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