Cash for poetry

Is rhyming your forte? Perhaps haikus are more your style? Either way, you are in luck. Applications are available at the department of English and Foreign languages for any CPP student interested in the Ted Pugh Poetry Award.

The Ted Pugh Poetry Award is an annual contest created by two local donors, Cedric and Lorraine Rogers, in memory of their friend and Cal Poly Pomona alumnus, Ted Pugh.

Pugh lived his entire life in Pomona and became known as the “Pomona poet.”

His career in poetry blossomed after his retirement from the Los Angeles Arboretum in which he used to work as a naturalist.

Pugh’s poems were mostly influenced by the beauty of nature.

“For students practicing poets this is the only opportunity on campus to help them financially. Some students like publication and fame in which they are okay with that,” said Liam Corley, an associate professor of English. “Then, there are other people that like money. We normally have between 30 to 40 applications having more will delight us.”

(Valerie Mancia | The Poly Post)

The winner of this poetry award is given up to $200 in prizes for best original poem or poems are judged as a body of work.

Participants have the opportunity to submit three of their original poems and the prizes will be announced at the annual EFL Outstanding Student Reception on May 29.

“I think any opportunity to be creative through writing and to be able to express yourself is great. Making it a contest is almost like being rewarded for your creativity and on top of sharpening your writing skills,” said Sarah Sandoval, a second-year transfer English student and social justice leader at the Women’s Resource Center.

The submission deadline to be part of the poetry award contest is April 27.

Make sure to pick up the application as soon as possible at the English and Foreign languages department and fill it out before the deadline.

Students participating must bring their application form and state financial need and poems to Christina Schwaller in Building 24-211, the department of English and foreign languages.

For more information contact (909) 869-3940.

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