Wildling Museum announces second annual Earth Day poetry competition



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Sojourner Kincaid Rolle (left) and Chryss Yost, both former Santa Barbara poet laureates, will judge the entries in the Wilding Museum’s Earth Day poetry competition.


STAFF REPORT

The Wildling Museum of Art and Nature is pleased to announce its second annual Earth Day
poetry competition with this year’s theme, “Climate Change: Our Impact.”
Santa Barbara County writers of all ages are invited to use poetry to interpret the effects of climate change and our role in a variety of ways, with separate judging categories for youth (ages 17 and younger) and adult writing submissions.
The competition is intended to honor Earth Day while highlighting the importance of standing up to protect the planet’s dwindling natural resources and working against the threats of climate change. The deadline to submit work for consideration is Monday, March 21, at 5 p.m.
Poetry entries will be judged by poets Sojourner Kincaid Rolle and Chryss Yost, both former Santa Barbara Poet Laureates.
Adult poetry entrants will have the opportunity to win First Prize ($200), Second Prize ($100), and Third Prize
(Family Membership to Wildling Museum). Youth poetry entrants will have the opportunity to win First Prize ($100), Second Prize ($50), and Third Prize (Family Membership to the Wildling Museum).
The competition will culminate at the annual Santa Barbara Earth Day celebration hosted by the Community
Environmental Council (CEC), taking place on Saturday, April 23, at the Arlington Theatre in Santa Barbara. The top three winning poems in both the Adult and Youth categories will be selected ahead of Earth Day with the chance for winners to read at the Santa Barbara Earth Day celebration. Top winners will also be featured on the Wildling Museum website in the Spring of 2022.
Competition entrants must reside in Santa Barbara County. No more than three works may be submitted per person. Complete poetry competition guidelines, prize details, and entry forms are available on the Wildling Museum’s website at www.wildlingmuseum.org/news/2022-earth-day-poetry-competition.
Please email info@wildlingmuseum.org or call (805) 686-8315 with any questions.