Sengebau poetry competition on Oct. 16

The 15th Annual Valentine Sengebau Poetry Competition will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018, 6pm at the American Memorial Park Visitor’s Center.

The Northern Marianas Humanities Council would like to invite all the middle schools and high schools to participate and for all of the CNMI to attend.

Each year the junior division Recites poems from the book Microchild and the senior division recites their original poems that address the theme of culture, identity, and change. The prizes for both junior division and senior division is first place $250, second place $150, and third place $100. First place winners in each division will have their names and school names inscribed on perpetual trophies that will be housed at the winning schools until next year’s competition.

The late Valentine Sengebau was a Palauan turned Saipan resident who wrote poems about the personal, political and cultural life in Micronesia. In 2004, to ensure that his work will be enjoyed by future generations, the Northern Marianas Humanities Council published an anthology of his poetry, Microchild. The annual Valentine Sengebau Poetry Competition was established to support the work of young Micronesian poets and to honor the legacy of Micronesia’s foremost poet.

For more information on the competition, call the council at 235-4785 or email program officer Farah Younis at farah.nmhc@gmail.com. (PR)

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