Poetry contest

NEWTON. There will be a Poetry Festival at SCCC on June 8, with local poets, guest readings, and lunch.


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The Betty June Silconas Center at Sussex County Community College will be the setting for the Poetry Festival. The festival is set for Saturday, June 8 in the Performing Arts Center Atrium from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This event will include an all-day book fair featuring local poets, literary readings, and workshops. Registration and breakfast begin at 9:00 a.m.

9 a.m.-10 a.m.: Registration and Breakfast

10 a.m.-Noon: Workshops (registration required, more information below)

Noon-1 p.m.: Lunch and Open Reading – everyone invited!

1 p.m.-2 p.m.: Guest Poet Reading by Jen Ashburn, Robert Carnevale, Ysabel Y. Gonzalez, Jason Irwin

2 p.m.-4 p.m.: Launch Reading for The Stillwater Review, Volume 9

All-day Book Fair– Come meet local poets.

For those looking to share their own work, a free open mic session will be held from Noon-1 p.m., followed by readings from the featured poets, who will also be signing copies of their books.

The festival will close with the launch of the Betty June Silconas Poetry Center's Stillwater Review, Vol. 9, plus reading.

The Betty June Silconas Poetry Center at Sussex County Community College honors the memory of Betty June Silconas, a Sparta resident, who celebrated life in her poems. The joy and love she had for family, friends, and her home are evident in her work. Ms. Silconas never sought to be recognized. She wrote for the bliss she experienced as she chronicled the events in her life. With a generous donation from her family, the Silconas Poetry Center is a place where anyone can come to read.

Registration fee for the morning Writer’s Workshop is $15 and includes breakfast, lunch, and a copy of The Stillwater Review, Volume 9. Advanced registration is recommended to reserve a spot.

This year’s Festival will support the SCCC Foundation to include student scholarships and campus initiatives. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact foundation@sussex.edu for more information.

Mail payment to: Sussex County Community College, ATTN: Foundation

One College Hill Road, Newton, NJ 07860.

Make check payable to SCCC Foundation, include “Poetry Festival” in the memo line.

For questions, please email David Crews at, poetrycenter@sussex.edu.



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