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Poetry for the Mind's Joy

Poetry for the Mind's Joy is Past Poet Laureate Kay Ryan's project that included a community college poetry contest administered by the Community College Humanities Association and a lively videoconference.

Winning Contest Poems

Winning poems were selected during a competition administered in the spring of 2010 by the Community College Humanities Association. Winners were chosen at the local level by the participating campuses. We hope this sampling will give you an idea of the literary creativity on today's community college campuses.

April 1, 2010 Celebration

U.S. Poet Laureate Kay Ryan anchored a one-hour videoconference from the Library of Congress to highlight Community College Poetry Day (April 1, 2010) across the country.

This videoconference and the day-long campus poetry festivities were part of Ms. Ryan’s “Poetry for the Mind’s Joy” project, sponsored by the Library in collaboration with the Community College Humanities Association (CCHA).

In the one-hour videoconference, the Laureate interacted with selected community college students revealing tips about writing poetry and aspects of her own writing process.

Video - Kay Ryan

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