The 29th annual “Day of Poet” poetry contest and open-mic will take place Saturday, November 25, 2017, at the William K. Sanford (Town of Colonie) Library. A top prize of $200 and additional Honorable Mention awards will be presented at the conclusion of the event.

Previous contest winners include J.J. ClarkeRoberta WaughPaul GenegaJudith SaundersFrank MurphyKym FlemmingJames Patrick CaseySylvia BarnardAnne GoodwinMargaret BlackTherese BroderickTodd BroomheadSerafina WhelenKathy O’BrienTimothy LakeAlan CaslineMiriam Axel-Lute, and Midnight.

MidnightThe day will begin with an open-mic at 10 am in the library’s main community room and will be followed immediately by the “Day of Poet” (Capitaland Cup) poetry contest. Depending on the number of entries, the contest will consist of either one or two rounds of poetry by each contestant. Poets may present up to four minutes of poetry in each round. During each four-minute round, contestants may present multiple pieces of poetry within the boundaries of the time allowed.  Poets may recite their work from memory or read from paper (or electronically). The contestants will be judged based on poetic quality, overall presentation, and adherence to the established time parameters. Most importantly, all work must be original. Contestants are not allowed to present poetry written by anyone other than themselves.  Admission and entry are both free.

Brian DornTo register, email Brian Dorn at  poetbriandorn@gmail.com and simply include your name and intention of entering the “Day of Poet” (Capitaland Cup) poetry contest.  Contestants may also register the day of the event (Sat., Nov. 25) at 10 am.  The William K. Sanford (Town of Colonie) Library is located off of exit 4 of I-87 at 629 Albany Shaker Rd., Loudonville, NY 12211.  For the complete official set of rules and continuing updates go to http://www.briandorn.com/.