Last weekend, Parkmont School hosted its 33rd Annual Poetry Festival.
The Parkmont Poetry Festival was founded in 1982 as a way to encourage youth from all over Washington, D.C. to express themselves through the medium of poetry. It celebrates the voices and verse of student poets from public, charter, and private schools from all eight wards of the city. Hundreds of students from the Festival’s 33 years have been positively impacted and inspired by the Festival, many becoming re-engaged in school and reading, and others becoming seasoned poets. All become published in the festival booklet, and all read their poems each year at our Poetry Festival, which this year was held on May 2nd at the Edmund Burke School. We were thrilled to hear winners from so many schools: Parkmont, Ballou H.S., Washington Latin PCS, Sidwell Friends, Hart M.S., NCS, and much more. It is a wonderful celebreation of youth and their creative spirit!
The week preceding the Poetry Festival, we held a "pre-reading" at Politics & Prose Bookstore. Past winners read aloud their works and got us geared up for the 2015 reading the following weekend.
We are so proud of all 40 of our winners, and wish them the best in their future endeavors of all kinds!