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2016 Poetry Slam



Who knew? Allegany County has an unusually creative cadre of poets of diverse ages and backgrounds, several of whom gathered at the David A. Howe library last Thursday evening, April 21, for the 9th Annual Poetry Slam.


Published poets, young and “older” writers and brand new writers shared their best efforts at the Allegany Arts Association-sponsored event.


First Prize honors and a check for $50 was won by newcomer Vicki Grant of Houghton. Grant has been writing and sharing poetry for years but this was her first foray into “Slam” territory. Young poet Jasmine Schumacher (now in Grade 10 at Alfred-Almond High School) again amazed the audience with her brilliant writing, sharing Second Prize ($25). Also winning 2nd Prize was another newcomer Chuck Wiser of Scio. Wiser’s paean to his friend’s father, Ken Washburn, entitled “Within His Hands” was memorable.


Adam B. Gayhart of Alfred again won 3rd prize ($15). Adam consistently writes thoughtful and deeply felt poetry, as well as being a published author of “action” novels. Seldom does Adam go home without a prize, having won every category over the years!


New this year, the Allegany Arts’ Board decided to award a Fourth Prize because of the outstanding offerings. Fourth Prize ($10) was won by another newcomer, Daniel Fox of Belfast. Honorable Mention (a Robert Penn Warren poetry book) was won by Ronnie Schenkein of Pennsylvania, who shared her passion for nature and animals.


Others whose efforts were appreciated and rewarded with sincere applause were Chris Clow, Karen Dickerson and John Holland. Chris has been a supporter of the Poetry Slam since its beginning and for years has hosted the "Spoken Word" poetry evenings at Black-Eyed Susan Cafe in Angelica, which will find a new venue soon.


Gayhart sold and signed his poetry books at the end of the evening.

All poets are invited to prepare for the Tenth Annual Poetry Slam to be held April 13, 2017.


2016 Winners


2016 Poems -
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