Cornwall Public Library

April is Poetry Month!

April is Poetry Month!

Due to the threat of COVID-19, the annual Timothy Mumford Poetry Competition Awards Ceremony will be rescheduled at a future date and time. At this time, we would like the public to know that the submission deadline has been changed to May 15th. Competition rules can be found here: 2020 poetry rules. We ask at this time that submissions be only emailed to the library.  Thank you for your patience!

The contest honors the late Timothy Mumford, a 1999 graduate of Cornwall High School and a 2003 graduate of New York University’s Gallatin School. Tim was also the winner of the 1999 Orange County Day poetry contest. Those who knew him describe him  as a kind, sensitive, and artistic young man.

The Academy of American Poets is inviting poets to join in a new initiative called Shelter in Poems. To participate, select a poem from the collection and post a sentence or two about why the poem inspires you on social media with the hashtag #ShelterinPoems. The Academy will be considering responses and gathering the poems and testimonials in a special newsletter and sharing it online each week.

Listen to poets read their work, sponsored by the Poetry Foundation.