2022 Celebrity Judge – Grace Cavalieri

2022 Celebrity Judge – Grace Cavalieri

Grace Cavalieri is Maryland’s Tenth Poet Laureate. She’s the author of 26 books and chapbooks of poetry. She’s had several plays, short-form and full-length, produced, most recently “Quilting The Sun,” NYC 2019. She founded, produces and hosts “The Poet and the Poem,”...
2021 Celebrity Judge – Ernest Hilbert

2021 Celebrity Judge – Ernest Hilbert

Ernest Hilbert is the author of Sixty Sonnets, All of You on the Good Earth, and Caligulan, which was selected as winner of the 2017 Poets’ Prize. His fourth collection, Last One Out, appeared in March 2019. He lives in Philadelphia where he works as a rare book...
Why Poets Write | by Melinda Rizzo

Why Poets Write | by Melinda Rizzo

Why Poets Write: An interview with Ona Gritz and Dan Simpson It’s tempting to write about the big things. Throughout time poets have been reliable historians – think The Epic of Gilgamesh from about 2100 BCE – it’s among the oldest surviving great literary...
Writing Poetry During the Pandemic | by Melinda Rizzo

Writing Poetry During the Pandemic | by Melinda Rizzo

MCPLs Autumn Konopka and Liz Chang on writing poetry during the pandemic As poets continue to wrestle with, sift through, and struggle against a global pandemic that has upended ordinary life, the ability to make sense of it all may prove elusive. Deadlocked or stuck....
Full Circle Microgrants | by Melinda Rizzo

Full Circle Microgrants | by Melinda Rizzo

  David Gaines knows it’s hard to explore your creative voice when you’re worried about paying the bills. That’s why the Montgomery County Poet Laureate supports his community outreach project to help other poets and writers pay their bills. “This idea came about...