Poetic Power

A Creative Communication blog

Featured Student Writer: Allan Purcell

Allan PurcellAllan Purcell recently graduated from First Academy in Florida with high honors.  While there, Allan  played football and soccer.  He is a member of the National Honor Society, as well as the National Forensic League.  Allan successfully debated in Boston at the Harvard Forensic Debate Tournament.

Allan is currently majoring in Popular Music with a minor in Creative Writing at Palm Beach Atlantic University.  He successfully auditioned to be in the University’s School of Music and Fine Arts and has received significant academic and music scholars.

Composing, arranging, and performing musical pieces are some of Allan’s passions.  He successfully won an international contest as a guest vocalist with the American rock group, Anberlin, by performing an original arrangement of one of their songs.  He also had the opportunity to sing on their newest release album, Vital.

“Importance and worth is dictated to us by the culture in which we live.” Allan explains, “In my essay, Dirty Dishrag, I challenge these cultural ideas.  Even if overlooked and often tossed aside, the work of the dishrag serves to enhance the crystal, china and other ‘stars’ of the dinner table.  All people and jobs are of worth; we all have something important to contribute and shouldn’t be overlooked or taken for granted just because society may deem it not to be pretty enough, rich enough or successful enough.  We need to look within and see the beauty and important contributions of everyone.”

Allan’s future goals include working within the music industry while pursuing a career in entertainment law.

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

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Classroom Rewards Program


Starting with our Fall 2013 contests, we are excited to announce the official launch of our new Classroom Rewards program.  This program gives points to teachers to fund much-needed school supplies or redeem free copies of our anthology.  Below you can find out more on how to earn points, how they are redeemed, and what the program can do for you and your school. You can read even more about our program or register as a new teacher online by clicking here.

A teacher can earn points in two ways:

  • Earn 50 points for each of your students who give permission to be published.
  • Earn 350 points for each teacher you refer to our program that has five or more students accepted for publication.

How do I redeem my points?

Each teacher can use his/her classroom rewards points for school supplies or free copies of our anthologies. Unlike frequent flyer miles, these points never expire and points from each contest carry over to the next one. If you switch schools, make sure to let us know so we can transfer all of the points your class has earned for your classroom.

And there’s more…

coinsAdditionally, to celebrate the launch of our new program, we are hosting a Teacher Referral Contest.  This contest will start Fall 2013 and end on May 1, 2014.  This is a contest for teachers who refer our program to other teachers. For each qualifying teacher referral a teacher makes during this period, he/she will receive one entry into a drawing for $250 cash.  The teacher with the most qualifying referrals by May 1, 2014, will receive two free flights to anywhere in the United States.

Start today!  The Teacher Referral Contest ends on May 1, so any teacher you refer with 5 or more students published in the Fall 2013 and/or Spring 2014 writing contests can help you win!  To start, click here to login or register as a new teacher online.  You will then see the option to Share Our Program on your teacher home page.  Here you will be able to share our program with others via email, Facebook, or by sharing a link on your blog or website.

If you have questions about our new Rewards Program or want to learn more, fill out the form below.


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