Congratulations to the 2014 Winners!

The Richmond Arts and Culture Commission is proud to present the selected prize winning Richmond Writes! Poets:

 

ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

 

First Place Winners

Devyn Mariah Barram, “Richmond Sounds”

Vanessa Garcia , “Downs Syndrome”

Keshia Isome, “Two Bad Little Girls”

Brandon Koo Chao , “Stay and Go”

Lucia Rios, “This is Me”

Second Place Winners

Atallah Allen , “Beautiful”

Felisha Gonzalez, “Untitled”

Geriyah Hood , “Welcome to My Life in Richmond”

Melanie Ramirez, “I Know a Lady”

Christian Saechao, “Watch Out”

Jade Anna Synnott Brandow, “Togetherness”

Third Place Winners

Natalie Guzman, “I Am From”

Lilyana Cavich Kazumi, “My Family Tradition”

Isabel Reyes, “Family”

Karla Rivas, “Lazzana”

Malaysha Williams , “Harmony”

Honorable Mentions

Bella Chavez Jackson , “Create”

Bella Chavez Jackson, “Friends”

Alondra Gutierrez, “I Pray”

Jose Perez, “My Role Model”

Gloria Zearett, “Cesar Chavez”

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL

 

First Place Winners

Carlos Abdiel Santiago, “Untitled”

Perla Arce Diaz, “Beautiful Mom” 

Second Place Winners

Jennifer Cardenas Arceo, “Tiny Dancer”

Veronica Lopez Delgado, “Untitled”

Third Place Winners

Hedsauth Bautista, “Change”

Abraham Obinyan, “The Skin”

Honorable Mentions

Jack Lin, “Untitled”

 

HIGH SCHOOL

 

First Place Winners

James Kraynik, “Grandmother”

Second Place Winners

Jekari Lynch, “Addicted to Laziness”

Third Place Winners

Enrique Hernandez, “Who Are You?” 

Honorable Mentions

Joshua Mania, “Brothers in Arms”

Neha Venkatesh, “Mother Knows Best”

Yajaira Sandoval, “My Identity”

  

HAIKU POETS OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA

 

Special Recognition Awards

Jennifer Cardenos Arceo

Brandon Koo Chao

Esther Le Nguyen

Fernando Rivas

Jade Anna Synnott Brandow

Dayanna Velazco

Angel Weaver

 

We invite the Richmond Writes! Poets, along with their friends and families to join us in honoring the winners at the Richmond City Council chambers on Friday, April 11, 2014 at 6:00 pm; 440 Civic Center Plaza, Richmond.  This presentation is to recognize and celebrate the tremendous talent and support demonstrated in this year’s contest.

Winners will be presented with their award certificates from Mayor Gayle McLaughlin as the city looks on with pride!  All other participating poets are invited to attend and bring guests as well.  Both the certificates of recognition and the 2014 Richmond Writes! Poetry books will be distributed to the poets who attend the awards ceremony.  The rest will be distributed by their respective schools.  Every poet who entered will receive a book and a certificate.

For more information, please e-mail the RACC at richmondwrites@gmail.com

Announcing the 2014 Richmond Writes! Poetry Contest

In October 2010 the Richmond Arts & Culture Commission (RACC) sponsored its first poetry writing contest, Richmond Writes!, in celebration of National Arts and Humanities Month, which takes place each October. Following up on the great success of the initial citywide contest, RACC held a second contest in October 2011, the themes of which were aligned with the Iron Triangle Legacy Project. Close to 200 students submitted over 300 poems in an inspiring display of their talents as writers.

Today we are proud to announce the 2014 Richmond Writes! Poetry Contest. This year’s theme is “Richmond Identities: Extraordinary Lives/Ordinary People.” Submissions of short poetry forms are welcome. For details, please read below.

DEADLINE
All poetry contest submissions must be received at the RACC office before 5:00 p.m. on February 10, 2014. The office is located at 440 Civic Center Plaza, 2nd Floor, Richmond, CA 94804. Electronic submissions are also welcome. Submit them by midnight of February 10, 2014 to richmondwrites@gmail.com.

ELIGIBILITY
Eligible students are those attending any schools in Richmond, whether public or private. Home-schooled students, and students who reside in Richmond but attend schools outside of the city limits, are also eligible. A special competition category has been created for students in LEAP (Literacy is for Every Adult Program).

HOW DOES IT WORK?
All short poems submitted by eligible students will be judged for originality, writing skills, and understanding of the chosen subject. Submission deadline is February 10th. Judges will pick three finalists for each category (elementary, middle school, high school, and LEAP). All participants will receive certificates of recognition, as well as a chapbook containing all submissions, and finalists will be honored by the Mayor at a celebration honoring their efforts during National Poetry Month in April 2014.

THE 2014 THEME – Richmond Identities: Extraordinary Lives/Ordinary People
Students are invited to write about “Richmond Identities: Extraordinary Lives/Ordinary People.”  Some possible topics include:

  • Which role models have?
  • What is your identity?
  • What is your favorite family tradition?
  • What is your favorite traditional family food served at the holidays?
  • Have you participated in a community project in Richmond?  If so, what did you learn?

FORMAT
Short poems of any form will be accepted. However, we find that haiku is a short-form poetry accessible and appealing to students of all ages; the majority of the 2010 Richmond Writes! entries were haiku. Haiku poetry is a lyrical form of unrhymed short poetry originating from Japan that consists of variable syllables, arranged in three lines, open to different arrangements of syllables in those lines. Because of its brevity, its flexibility, and its ability to express much and suggest more in the fewest possible words, haiku provides beginner as well as advanced writers with quickly satisfying results.

This year, our expanded category of short poetry will allow a variety of poetry works submitted on a single page to be judged. (Normal 12 font with lines skipped for easy copy is expected.) This category is intended for LEAP entries and High School Entries.

BACKGROUND OF 2014 THEME
The 2014 theme for this competition ties to a new mural called Richmond Identities: Extraordinary Lives/Ordinary People. This mural was just installed in June 2013 on the Senior Center wall at 2525 Macdonald Avenue near Civic Center Plaza. The mural’s content came from stories told by the people of Richmond, and includes all aspects of our diverse community. The Richmond Writes!  poetry contest builds on this theme, inviting students to tell their own stories about their own identities.

CONTACT INFORMATION
RichmondWrites! is sponsored by the Richmond Arts & Culture Commission. For more information contact Brenda Williams at richmondwrites@gmail.com or call the Arts & Culture Division Staff at (510) 620-6952.

Congratulations to the 2013 Winners!

The Richmond Arts and Culture Commission is proud to present the selected prize winning Richmond Writes! poets:

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL POETS

Arianna Acosta Award for Excellence
Ariella Benavides Award for Excellence
Carlos Cavez Award for Excellence
Elizabeth Contreras Award for Excellence
Grace Vincent Award for Excellence
Kealoha Pualani Award for Excellence
Loida Escalante Award for Excellence
Ria Singh Award for Excellence
Valeria Echeverria Award for Excellence
Alyssa Villanueva Honorable Mention
Cassandra Gomez Honorable Mention
Catalina Kemmer Honorable Mention
Christina Madsen Honorable Mention
Evan Clark Honorable Mention
Hazel Brubaker Honorable Mention
Jackson Osborn Honorable Mention
Jade Anna Synnott Brandow Honorable Mention
Karla Martinez Honorable Mention
Mariah Barram Honorable Mention
Yahir Vazquez Honorable Mention

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Announcing the 2013 Richmond Writes! Poetry Contest

In October 2010 the Richmond Arts & Culture Commission (RACC) sponsored its first poetry writing contest, Richmond Writes!, in celebration of National Arts and Humanities Month, which takes place each October. Following up on the great success of the initial citywide contest, RACC held a second contest in October 2011, the themes of which were aligned with the Iron Triangle Legacy Project. Close to 200 students submitted over 300 poems in an inspiring display of their talents as writers.

Today we are proud to announce the 2013 Richmond Writes! Poetry Contest. This year’s theme is “A Healthy Richmond.” Submissions of short poetry forms are welcome. For details, please read below.

DEADLINE
All poetry contest submissions must be received at the RACC office before 5:00 p.m. on March 14, 2013. The office is located at 440 Civic Center Plaza, 2nd Floor, Richmond, CA 94804. Electronic submissions are also welcome. Submit them by midnight of March 14, 2013 to richmondwrites@gmail.com.

ELIGIBILITY
Eligible students are those attending any schools in Richmond, whether public or private. Home-schooled students, and students who reside in Richmond but attend schools outside of the city limits, are also eligible. A special competition category has been created for students in LEAP (Literacy is for Every Adult Program).

HOW DOES IT WORK?
All short poems submitted by eligible students will be judged for originality, writing skills, and understanding of the chosen subject. Submission deadline is March 14th. Judges will pick three finalists for each category (elementary, middle school, high school, and LEAP). All participants will receive certificates of recognition, as well as a chapbook containing all submissions, and finalists will be honored by the Mayor at a celebration honoring their efforts during National Poetry Month in April 2013.

THE 2013 THEME – A HEALTHY RICHMOND
Students are invited to write about “A Healthy Richmond.” This could include the challenges or the rewards of their daily lives in the city, or what a healthy city might look like in the future. Some possible topics include:

  • What does love look like?
  • What does health feel like?
  • My world
  • Thoughts to live by…
  • How non-violence can change people and places
  • Tomorrow will be better than today

FORMAT
Short poems of any form will be accepted. However, we find that haiku is a short-form poetry accessible and appealing to students of all ages; the majority of the 2010 Richmond Writes! entries were haiku. Haiku poetry is a lyrical form of unrhymed short poetry originating from Japan that consists of variable syllables, arranged in three lines, open to different arrangements of syllables in those lines. Because of its brevity, its flexibility, and its ability to express much and suggest more in the fewest possible words, haiku provides beginner as well as advanced writers with quickly satisfying results.

This year, our expanded category of short poetry will allow a variety of poetry works submitted on a single page to be judged. (Normal 12 font with lines skipped for easy copy is expected.) This category is intended for LEAP entries and High School Entries.

BACKGROUND OF 2013 THEME
The 2013 theme for this competition is “A Healthy Richmond” and ties to Healthy Richmond, a 10-year partnership to create meaningful and lasting improvements in the health of children and youth in Richmond. Richmond is one of the 14 communities across California taking part in a statewide initiative called Building Healthy Communities, sponsored by the California Endowment. The vision of the 10-year initiative is to create communities in which all children are safe, healthy, and ready to learn. The initiative is working to ensure that all residents have access to quality health care; residents are safe in their homes and neighborhoods; children attend vibrant schools that promote health and success; and that economic revitalization is tied to healthy conditions.

CONTACT INFORMATION
RichmondWrites! is sponsored by the Richmond Arts & Culture Commission. For more information contact Brenda Williams at richmondwrites@gmail.com or call the Arts & Culture Division Staff at (510) 620-6952.

Congratulations to the 2011 Winners!

The Richmond Arts and Culture Commission is proud to present the selected prize winning Richmond Writes! poets:

E L E M E N T A R Y   S C H O O L S

First Place Winners
Emily La, “Untitled” (Mira Vista Elementary)
Ella Winchester, “The Protest” (Sheldon Elementary)
 
Second Place Winners
Imani Barnes, “Untitled” (Sheldon Elementary)
Benito Nazario, “Liopleurodon” (Mira Vista Elementary)
 
Third Place Winners
Casey Leonard, “Things in Life” (Washington Elementary)
Mercedes Mann, “Danger” (Washington Elementary)
 
Honorable Mentions
Afaf Alghazali, “Untitled” (Verde Elementary)
Khyre Bray, “II” (Sheldon Elementary)
Dijonae Denise Davis, “Untitled” (Sheldon Elementary)
Luzbeydi Morales, “Autumn” (Verde Elementary)
Verenice Ortiz, “Untitled” (Sheldon Elementary)
Anike Shambe, “Untitled” (Verde Elementary)
Bria Stephen, “Untitled” (Sheldon Elementary) 

H I G H   S C H O O L S  

First Place Winner
Alicia Rosales, “A Child’s Place” (Salesian High)
 
Second Place Winner
Adrienne Chainey, “What I Give to You” (Salesian High)
 
Third Place Winner
Frida Ceja, “She Will Be Remembered” (Salesian High)
 
Honorable Mentions
Sonya Mann, “Born” (Salesian High)
Christopher Mortensen, “A Legacy Beginning” (Salesian High)
Joshua Saetern,” Injustice Expression” (Richmond High)

L E A P
(Literacy for Every Adult Program)

First Place Winner
Antonia Yancy, “Untitled”
 
Second Place Winner
Janee Stokes, “Untitled”
 
Third Place Winner
Janee Stokes, “Untitled”
 
Honorable Mention
Antonia Yancy, “Untitled”

 
H A I K U   S O C I E T Y
O F   A M E R I C A

S E L E C T E D   W I N N E R S

Prize Winner
Mercedes Mann, “Butterfly” (Washington Elementary)
 
Honorable Mention
Yony Chilel, “Autumn” (Verde Elementary)
 
The Haiku Society of America will print these winning haiku poems in the Spring 2012 issue of Ripples, the Haiku Society of America newsletter.

C A L I F O R N I A   P O E T S   I N   T H E   S C H O O L S
( C P I T S )

Prize Winner
Richie Rodriguez, “My Neighborhood” (Washington Elementary)
 
Honorable Mentions
Arturo Gutierrez, “The Gangs of the City of Richmond, CA” (Washington Elementary)
Kieran Higgins, “Memory Lane” (Salesian High)
Blake Wyatt, “Not Forgotten” (Salesian High)

We invite the Richmond Writes! poets, along with their friends and families to join us in honoring the winners at the next Richmond City Council meeting on Tuesday, October 25th at 7:00 pm; 440 Civic Center Plaza, Richmond. This presentation is to recognize and celebrate the tremendous talent and support demonstrated in this year’s contest.

Winners will be presented at the City Council meeting, and will receive their certificates from Mayor, Gayle McLaughlin as the city looks on with pride!  All other participating poets are invited to attend, however their certificates of recognition and 2011 Richmond Writes! poetry books will be distributed by their schools.

For more information, please e-mail the RACC at richmondwrites@gmail.com.

Richmond Writes! 2011 Project Scope

What is Richmond Writes?

In 2010 the Richmond Arts & Culture Commission (RACC) held its first poetry writing contest, Richmond Writes!, in celebration of National Arts and Humanities Month, recognized each October. It was a great success, and the RACC looks forward to making this an annual event for all Richmond students of elementary, middle, and high school grade levels.

Who is eligible?

Eligible students are those attending any schools in Richmond, whether public or private, home-schooled students, and students who reside in Richmond but attend schools outside of the city limits. A special competition category has been created for students in LEAP (Literacy is for Every Adult Program).

How does it work?

All short poems submitted by eligible students will be judged for originality, writing skills, and understanding of the chosen subject. Judges will pick three finalists for each category (elementary, middle school, high school, and LEAP). All participants will receive certificates of recognition, and finalists will be honored by the Mayor at a City Council meeting.

The 2011 Theme

The 2011 theme for this competition ties to the Iron Triangle Legacy Project, which explores the story, issues, and meaning of the Iron Triangle’s evolving history and culture. Richmond Writes! builds on this theme to include the same range of subjects, including but not limited to architecture, buildings, and places; individuals or families; historical events; themes of work; World War II history; housing; migration; social justice; changing neighborhoods; environment; seniors, children, or teen life; or visions of what students want Richmond to be like in twenty years.  

Short poems only

Short poems of any form will be accepted. However, we find that haiku is a short-form poetry accessible and appealing to students of all ages; the majority of the 2010 Richmond Writes! entries were haiku. Haiku poetry is a lyrical form of unrhymed short poetry popular in Japan that consists of variable syllables, arranged in three lines, open to different arrangements of syllables in those lines. Because of its brevity, its flexibility, and it’s ability to express much and suggest more in the fewest possible words, haiku provides beginning as well as experienced writers with quickly satisfying results.

Background: East Bay Center for the Performing Arts & Iron Triangle Legacy Project

The East Bay Center for the Performing Arts (EBCPA) is a community-based arts training and producing institution. The mission of the Center focuses on creating opportunities for artistic excellence, personal growth, and open communication for youth from diverse backgrounds, and nurturing culturally distinctive performing arts as tools for civic engagement, social justice, and change.

The EBCPA Iron Triangle Legacy Project (ITLP) aims to build civic unity in the Iron Triangle community by the telling, and celebrating of stories, all linked to cultural practice or Iron Triangle history. In October 2011, East Bay Center for the Performing Arts will be presenting these projects at the Grand Opening of the Winters Building events.

RichmondWrites! is sponsored by the Richmond Arts & Culture Commission. For more information contact Brenda Williams at richmondwrites@gmail.com or call the Arts & Culture Division Staff at (510) 620-6952.

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