Wilton Library’s amazing program, Poetry in Motion for Teens is nearing the deadline for poem submissions. Poetry in Motion is a poetry and performance-based program for students in grades 7-12. Have something to say? Like writing and/or performing? Want to meet some fun new people? If so, Poetry in Motion may be the program for you!

Each year a new theme is chosen by the student board to provide inspiration and allow for the creative juices to flow! This year the theme is ‘But Wait, There’s More!‘—There’s more to me! There’s more to say, see or do! There’s more to life! There’s more fun to come! There’s more beyond high school! There’s more outside of Wilton! Participants can use this theme to write a poem–short or long; comical or sad; insightful or inspirational. The 35 most creative and well-written poems will be selected for two March 2017 shows and paired with a performance art of choice–music, dance, photography.

Teens can choose to perform their own works but if they do not like to perform, they can choose to have someone else perform it; similarly, the program is also open to participation from teens interested in performing someone else’s poem. Along the way, participants will be helped with editing and performance workshops before they take to the Brubeck Room stage. Poetry editing workshops are run by Heather Candles, an English teacher at Middlebrook School. Nancy Ponturo is the program director.

All participants attend a performance workshop with National Poetry Slam champion and renowned lecturer, literary performer and educator, Regie Gibson.

Performances are March 24 and 25, 2017.

Poems can be submitted now through Monday, Oct. 31 via email. For more information, call 203.762.6342.