Poetic Power

A Creative Communication blog

Featured Student Writer: Alex Van

Through the crowd of comfortably unfamiliar faces, I see you.

It’s been years and I don’t know how to breach the time
that separates us now.
Despite the tension binding the breeze, the night refuses to pause.
In the silence, we both test the waters.
Are you the same? Am I?

Alex Van is a 16-year-old student and attended Cam Jr/Sr High School in Washington when she wrote her winning poem, “Memories“.

AlexVan“I’ve had my face hidden in a book for as long as I can remember, and always wanted to be a writer someday.” Alex explains, “I wrote ‘Memories’ when I was 15, about my childhood best friend who I ran into one late night.  Neither of us were brave enough to say a single word the entire night, and I couldn’t figure out what to do.  ‘Memories’ was the path of my thoughts, as I realized that no matter what the years apart had brought, he was still the same boy I knew.”

Alex is currently attending Clark College and is planning to major in English and become a publishing editor.  Her inspiration for writing mainly comes from her own experiences, her loved ones, or a recent dream. In her free time, Alex enjoys watching reruns of Friends, rock wall climbing, and listening to music.

To learn more about our national writing contests, visit http://www.PoeticPower.com.

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Featured Student Writer: Kayla Bjorn

Kayla2 copyKayla Bjorn was selected as a Top Ten Winner in our Summer 2012 national poetry contest for her poem, “Changes“. Kayla is in third grade and is homeschooled in California.  She has one brother and one sister and loves to draw and write.  One of her favorite hobbies is gymnastics.

Changes” was inspired by a friend of Kayla’s moving. “My mom and I were doing a writing camp.” Kayla explains, “My mom was teaching about poetry and so my friend and I took a time in life that had a lot of emotion.  I thought of when my friend moved away.” After editing her poem five times, she submitted it into the contest.

Kayla’s future plans include becoming an author and an illustrator like Patricia Polacco, and continuing to improve her gymnastic abilities.

To learn more about our national writing contests, please visit www.PoeticPower.com.

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Featured Student Writer: Mya Poluchov

“Your passions define you, your talents ignite you. Let your inner self shine, and you are unstoppable.”

imageMya Poluchov’s essay, “A World Away“, was selected as a Top Ten Winner in the Summer 2012 national essay contest.  This means that Mya’s essay was picked as one of the ten best out of hundreds of entries submitted in her age division. Mya attends Great Brook School in New Hampshire.

“I wrote this essay because one day I was sitting and thinking, why do people fall in love?” Maya explains, “How do we FEEL the affection we do? I never did anything about my question until I stumbled upon this essay contest and decided that that was what I should write about.”

Mya loves cheerleading, and writing comes naturally to her.  She also has straight A’s.  Although uncertain about her future plans, Mya’s goals are clear: “I can promise you that one day you’ll see my name in lights.”

To learn more about our national writing contests, visit www.PoeticPower.com.

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Featured Student Writer: Vanessa Djumo

“I walk to my classes, making sure to avoid the hallways and faces I know despise me, but no matter what I do and where I go, they seem to be everywhere, making my every waking hour a living nightmare…”

425946_3202506274989_432489236_nVanessa’s essay, “I Am Me, I Am Different”, was selected as a Top Ten Winner in our Summer 2012 essay contest.  Vanessa is a freshman at Sir Wilfrid Laurier Collegiate Institute in Ontario.  You can view her winning essay by clicking here.

A girl at Vanessa’s school inspired her to write this essay. “One day at lunch, I realized that there was a girl who spent her lunches in the washrooms every day.” Vanessa explained, “Back then I didn’t know better so my reaction was not necessarily supportive. Now that I look back at it, I am very ashamed. That day when I laughed at the girl’s circumstance, I went home and I tried to put myself in her shoes and realized that it wasn’t the best place to be. So I wrote this essay so that others with the same problem will know that they are not alone and find a way to get over their problem.”

Vanessa hopes others will be able to experience the joy and hope she feels when she reads this essay. Writing helps Vanessa cope with problems and helps her to see a brighter future.

To learn more about our national writing contests, visit www.PoeticPower.com.

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