Poetic Power

A Creative Communication blog

Featured Student Author: Leah Genato

image1Leah Genato is a Top Ten Winner from our spring 2018 poetry contest for her poem “Night.”

I live in New Jersey with my family. I enjoy writing, reading and dancing. I decided to write a poem about the night because of its beautiful traits (the stars, moon, owls) and how calm it is. My goals for the future are to become an author and travel the world.

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Featured Student Author: Sienna Suznovich

Sienna Suznovichimage1Sienna is a Top Ten Winner in our spring 2018 national poetry contest for her poem “The Clouds.”

Sienna is a 12 year old girl and will be entering 7th grade at Sierra Oaks K-8 school in the fall in Sacramento, CA. Sienna enjoys playing soccer and competitive dance but has been recovering from a soccer injury for the past year. She loves cats and spends her free time volunteering at Happy Tails Pet Sanctuary, a cat and dog rescue center. Sienna is beginning her eighth year in girl scouts as a Cadette. She is taking a babysitting class with the Red Cross so that she can be a certified babysitter.

Sienna was inspired to write her poem about clouds due to the cloudy and rainy day weather. In her future, Sienna would like to become an Interior Designer. She would also love to foster cats.

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Featured Student Author: Valorie Fisher

IMG_20180515_155238191Valorie is a Top Ten Winner in our spring 2018 national poetry contest for her poem “To Run or Not to Run.”

My name is Valorie Fisher. I am an ambitious teenager with challenging goals for my future. I strive to reach these goals not only for the satisfaction of accomplishing them, but for the enjoyment provided in the process of doing so.

One dream of mine is to complete and have published a successful novel at some point in my life, preferably before the end of high school. This dream was inspired by my love of literature. I am an avid reader, and by reading so many stories, I learned how to write them. I still do so, and the dream of completing a novel as well as the joy I have in writing prompts me to continue.

Another goal of mine is to be accepted into one of my dream colleges: MIT, Princeton, and the University of Pennsylvania. I plan to pursue a science related career, so this goal is in place to help me receive the best preparation for such a career.

While my goals for my future are always on my mind, I still enjoy engaging in activities unrelated to them. Perhaps my greatest interest besides reading and writing is music. Making music is one of my favorite pastimes, and I am eager to learn to do so in many different ways. Currently, I play clarinet, piano, some string instruments, and I sing.

I strive for my goals, make music, and live my life in a small town in central Pennsylvania, where I live with my parents and three younger siblings. Being the small town that it is, my home doesn’t offer much (not even a Walmart). However, it was a nice place to grow up and I owe a great deal of my inspiration to the natural beauty of the Appalachian Mountains that surround it.

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Featured Student Writer: Sneha Parthasarathy

thumbnailSneha Parthasarathy is a Top Ten Winner from our Spring 2018 Poetry Contest for her poem “America Screaming.”

From the time I was 3, reading and writing have defined me. I was a bookworm from the start, enjoying losing myself in the wonderful world of words as soon as I learned how to read. As a child, you would never find me without my head in a book. My parents used to yell at me for reading too much, at the table, while walking home from the bus stop, and late in to sleepless nights. After I finished Harry Potter for probably the 36th time, I turned my attention to a new challenge: writing. I love to write poetry and creative nonfiction, and founded the Creative Writing Club at my own school.

As a ninth grader at George Mason High School in Falls Church, Virginia, current events play a large role in my life as I have grown up practically outside the White House doors. After witnessing the chaos of current political times, I was inspired to write my poem, “America Screaming,” to remind everyone of the ideals our nation was founded upon. I hope that my writing will, in turn, inspire others to speak up and protect our nation’s reputation as the “land of the free.”

In the future, I hope to continue using my words to fight for what I believe in. My dream is to become an accomplished author and use my writing to motivate others to stand up for their beliefs as well. Hopefully, when I grow up, tens of thousands of writers just like me will tackle the challenge of current generations: apathy. My goal is to involve everyone in society through my writing, so we can all live in a world where we feel free.

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Featured Teacher: Kim Straub – Red Bud Elementary School

IMG_1687Kim Straub is the 8th grade language arts teacher of Warren Stolte, a Top Ten Winner from our Fall 2017 national poetry contest for the poem “Band Classroom.”

This is my tenth year of encouraging my students to participate in Creative Communication’s poetry contest and the first year that a student’s submission has been selected for the top ten best poems. For my students, the contest has always generated an excitement and enthusiasm for writing. Even in this age of technology, students still love seeing their very own words, feelings, and ideas put into print and published in an attractive, hardcover book they can hold in their hands, share with their family and friends, and keep on their bookshelf. Beginning the school year with a poetry unit teaches students to understand the importance of word choice, tone, and mood in all of their writing throughout the year. Submitting their poems to Creative Communications for possible publication provides for my students an exciting conclusion to our poetry unit . Poetry projects come and go, but this is one I plan on continuing every year I teach.

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Featured Student Author: Oliver Adams

IMG_1423Oliver is a Top Ten Winner from our Fall 2017 national poetry contest for his poem “Flurries.”

I am a 12 year old boy, that likes sports and English class. My English teacher told me about the contest because she said we could write an entry for a class party. It was the Halloween party, but I was thinking about winter and snow because it was around the corner. I actually didn’t write it there though. The next week I was asleep, and woke up from a dream about snow. I got the idea right then and there. It was one in the morning and my parents told me to go back to sleep. I wrote the poem anyways.

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Featured Student Author: Sonya Dabbs

Sonya DabbsSonya is a Top Ten Winner from our Fall 2017 national poetry contest for her poem “The Old Elm.”

My name is Sonya Dabbs and I am 8 years old. I have always loved reading and writing—you can learn so much! Sometimes, when you write, you can imagine, feel, and teach yourself things you never knew before. That is an amazing thing to experience!

I was inspired to write “The Old Elm” when I saw and heard the story of the 1,000-year-old elm tree, which lives in my Mom’s hometown of Sliven, Bulgaria. It was such an amazing sight and story, that I knew I had to write about it to express the emotions I felt. I love nature and often write about it—it feels as if it comes alive on my page. I know that whatever I do in the future, it will always include writing.

Thank you for choosing me to be a Top Ten winner; my family and I are very happy.


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Featured Student Author: Ayaad Asghar

IMG_9477 (1)Ayaad is a Top Ten Winner in our summer 2017 national poetry contest for his poem “Rain“.

Hello Everyone,

My name is Ayaad Asghar. I am five years old and I’m in Kindergarten. I go to Coyote Ridge Elementary School in Broomfield, CO. I love going to school, I love my teacher, and I love playing with my friends. I have five friends and we all play soccer during recess. I love drawing, coloring, and writing poems, and my older sister Aiza Asghar is my inspiration. I am lucky that she is my sister. When I grow up, I want to be a doctor or a fire fighter. Last, I would like to thank Creative Communication for appreciating my hard work and honoring me with an award! I’m so excited!!! I want to write more poems now.


Ayaad Asghar

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Featured Student Writer: Anya Ambarish

File.aspxAnya Ambarish is a top ten winner in our summer 2017 national poetry contest for her poem “Puppets.”

My name is Anya Ambarish, and I live in Sterling, Virginia. I am in the eighth grade at Stone Hill Middle School. When I found out I was a top ten winner, I was beyond ecstatic. Poetry is one of my biggest passions, because of the beautiful things you can do with letters and words. To receive such validation for my poem was just incredible. I was inspired to write Puppets because I have always thought of letters and words as extensions of myself. I am able to manipulate them in any way that I want, to express any emotion. I wanted to put this feeling on paper, which led me to write this poem.

Some of my other interests are tennis, basketball, and robotics. I enjoy these activities because the feeling of hitting the ball perfectly, sinking a shot into a soft net, and the triumph of getting a robot to work are things even words fail to describe.

My goals for the future are to start my own business, write a novel, and publish my complete collection of poems. All of these things will be very challenging, but I will savor every moment of the journey.Image result for anya ambarish

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Featured Student Author Jenny Hu

IMG_2076Jenny Hu is a top ten winner in our summer 2017 national poetry contest for her poem “Forever.” 

I’m Jenny Hu. I’m thirteen, and in eighth grade at the Seven Hills School in Cincinnati, Ohio. I play piano, as well as another twenty-one-stringed instrument called the guzheng, or Chinese zither, and I play golf too. I am bilingual, speaking both English and Chinese fluently, but I also study Latin and Spanish. I love writing, and when not pursuing any of my musical or athletic endeavors, I like to crochet, travel, and read. My stories and essays have earned various recognition including publication in the Creative Kids Magazine and publication in a magazine in China. I placed fifth in a statewide short story writing competition called Power of the Pen as well.

My poem, “Forever“, was inspired by my English teacher’s assignment to write a poem about nostalgia. I thought of one of my oldest friends, a girl who used to live just down the street, but now lives in a whole different city from me. She was once my best friend, but now I see her only once a year as our lives are pulled in different directions. The poem was a glimpse back into my treasure trove of beautiful memories with her.
My goal for the future is to be a cardiologist, a doctor of the heart. Ever since I was very little I’ve wanted to go into the medical field, a career that I’ve always viewed as the most direct way to change someone’s life for the better. However, I know that writing will always be a central part of my life, in one way or another.

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