Bucks County Community College Professors Ethel Rackin (left) and Christopher Bursk (right), directors of the Bucks County Poet Laureate Program, with 2017 poet laureate Katherine Hahn Falk (second from right) of Newtown, shown with 2016 poet laureate Laren McClung of Bensalem.

The search is on for a Bucks County poetry ambassador. Area residents are invited to submit ten original poems for consideration to be the next Bucks County Poet Laureate.

This is the 41st cycle of this contest open to any resident over the age of 18 who has not previously served as the county's poet laureate. This person will attend local writing events and be a conduit between the arts and Bucks County Residents. The winner will take over from 2017 poet laureate Katherine Hahn Falk of Newtown, the winner the previous year was Laren McClung of Bensalem.

Submissions must be postmarked by September 5 to Bucks County Community College. Entry forms and poems should be mailed to Poet Laureate Contest, Language & Literature Dept., Bucks County Community College, 275 Swamp Rd., Newtown, Pa., 18940.

Rules and entry forms are available at http://bit.ly/buckscountylaureate, at bookstores and libraries, and through Bucks County Community College’s Language & Literature Dept. by calling 215-968-8151. For more information, contact Prof. Christopher Bursk at 215-968-8156.
For over three decades of history, the Commissioners of Bucks County have supported the program, which is funded by the BCCC Foundation.


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