Salisbury’s Poet Laureate collecting poems from community for anthology

SALISBURY, Md. – Whether you’ve never written a poem in your life, or if you’re an experienced word smith, Salisbury’s Poet Laureate is asking for your help. Nancy Mitchell recently received a $2,000 grant from the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore. The money will help to publish an anthology of poems by Mitchell and community members. “What’s really an honor is that our community cares enough about poetry, and thinks it’s essential to everyone’s well being – to their hearts, bodies, and minds – to read poetry, to attempt it,” said Mitchell.

Mitchell says she’s hoping to hear from anyone in the community who has a poem to share. She tells 47ABC that poetry is more than just words, but a chance to reflect and bond together as a community. “It’s everyone’s attempt to express the inexpressible. It’s this grasping after being able to articulate an emotion, and it’s poignant, and it’s brave, and it seems like ‘Good grief. What can that mean in a world that means everything?” said Mitchell.

Mitchell says she’s accepting submissions until about November. She adds that she’s planning to have a reading celebration in April, which is National Poetry Month. You can submit your poems by emailing them to NMitchell@Salisbury.MD. You can also send them in on the Poet Laureate of the City of Salisbury, Maryland Facebook page.

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