April is National Poetry Month!

To celebrate, Seven Bridge Writers’ Collaborative

and Thayer Memorial Library are holding

The Fifth Annual Student Poetry Contest.

“This program is supported in part by a grant from the Lancaster Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.”


Submission Requirements:


• Must be a student, 1-12, in the NRSD or Lancaster schools or live in Bolton, Lancaster or Stow.

• Only poetry, no prose.

• Maximum length is the number of lines that fit on one side of an 8” x 11” page.

• Name, grade, and best email and phone number

must be written on the back of each page, if submitted by hand, and on the second page if submitted online.

• Two copies of each poem must be submitted, if submitted by hand and not online.

• Submissions must be received no later than Friday, March 29, 2019.


How to Send Submissions:


Email submissions to: with “Poetry Contest” in the subject line, by March 29th, OR contact Paula Castner at about picking up handwritten poems before the March 29, 2019, deadline.


Submitted poems will be displayed

at the Thayer Memorial library.


Winning poems will be published online,

on the Seven Bridge and TML websites.


Students are invited to read their poems at the

Poetry Open Mic

Monday, April 29th, 2019

6:30 PM

103 Hollywood Drive, Lancaster, MA 01523

Meet Our Guest Judge:

Alan Feldman is the author of several collections of poetry, including Immortality (2015), winner of the Four Lakes Prize; A Sail to Great Island (2004), winner of Pollak Prize for Poetry; and The Happy Genius (1978), winner of the annual George Elliston Book Award for the best collection published by a small, U.S. non-profit press. His work has appeared in the Atlantic Monthly, the New Yorker, and Kenyon Review, among many other magazines, and included in The Best American Poetry anthology in 2001 and 2011. Feldman’s recent work appears in Hanging Loose, Cimarron Review, upstreet, Southern Review, Yale Review, Salamander, Southwest Review, Cincinnati Review, Catamaran, Worcester Review, and online in Boston Poetry Magazine and Cortland Review. His poem “A Man and A Woman” was featured in Tony Hoagland’s 2013 article for Harper’s, “Twenty Little Poems That Could Save America.”

Feldman was a professor and chair of English at Framingham State University, and for 22 years taught the advanced creative writing class at Harvard University’s Radcliffe Seminars. He offers free, drop-in poetry workshops at the Framingham (MA) public library near his home, and in the summer at the Wellfleet library.