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Aja Samone: DC Spotlight Fall Poetry Second Place Winner

Aja Samone:  DC Spotlight Fall Poetry Second Place Winner

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March 1, 2012
By Wendy Thompson
Editor-in-chief
Poetry
 
Aja Samone is a 22 year old native of the Eastern Shore of Virginia.  Having attended the University of Virginia, with a major in theater, Aja Samone decided that a degree in English from the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore, was a better complement to her current and future aspirations.

Aja Samone is a prolific poet, author, actress, and educator.  Drawing upon the inspiration of Edgar Allen Poe, Thea Monyee, and Langston Hughes, Aja Samone has penned [...]

Christine Grilliot: DC Spotlight Fall Poetry Third Place Winner

Christine Grilliot:  DC Spotlight Fall Poetry Third Place Winner

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March 1, 2012
By Wendy Thompson
Editor-in-chief
Poetry

Christine Grilliot is an English major student currently studying at the University of Mary Washington. Her permanent residence is in the DC area and she aspires to be a fiction writer. Her favorite poet is Elizabeth Barrett Browning, a Victorian era writer whose works were often of the romance genre.

DC Spotlight Fall Poetry Third Place Winner

Too Young to Marry
By Christine Grilliot
 
Rust covered wretches reverberate clanks
Perched on the gaudy glass church, up high;
Blank heads head towards French [...]

Kevin Brown: Using poetry to inspire hope for an “Opposite World”

Kevin Brown:  Using poetry to inspire hope for an “Opposite World”

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March 1, 2012
By Jordan Schatz
Reporter/News Writer
Living the Life

Kevin Brown, a 25-year-old account manager and new father from Ashburn, Virginia, won the DC Spotlight’s fall poetry contest.  His poem, which ponders a world turned upside down where everything is reversed from the norm, took first place in the competition.  The poem, “Opposite World,” begins by asking the question, “What would it be like to switch our left and right shoe? What if the sky was green and the grass was blue?”

“I [...]

DC Spotlight Newspaper – Fall Poetry Contest – Deadline December 31

DC Spotlight Newspaper – Fall Poetry Contest – Deadline December 31

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September 22, 2011
Wendy Thompson
Editor-in-Chief
Featured, Poetry Contest

Fall Poetry Contest

DEADLINE DECEMBER 31st

DC Spotlight Newspaper is happy to announce its fall poetry competition. Send us your poems.

Topic of poems: Open to the poet

Poetry prize guidelines:
Submission Period: September 1 – December 31, 2011
Deadline: December 31, 2011
Submission Fee: $5.00 per poem
Review Period: January 1 – 10, 2012
Announcement Date: Winners announced on January 15, 2012

Awards:
First Place
• $100 and front page photo announcement in the DC Spotlight newspaper
• feature article and video interview [...]

Spotlight on Poets: Fred Joiner – Solidarity

Spotlight on Poets:  Fred Joiner – Solidarity

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June 6, 2011
Featured Writers, Spotlight on Poets

 

Solidarity

By Fred Joiner

Every night a woman, at least as old

as my mother, with a walk labored like

my grandmothers last steps;

enters my office to clean.

Tonight is our last night in the building.

She and I talk like old friends parting ways

for the last time or new friends leaving

each other for the first.

She utters a few words to me in her

smiling Spanish and English. My tongue searches

for the right response in my labored Spanish.

we both laugh [...]

Spotlight on Poets: Fred Joiner – Song for Anacostia

Spotlight on Poets:  Fred Joiner – Song for Anacostia

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June 6, 2011
Featured Writers, Spotlight on Poets

 

Song for Anacostia

By Fred Joiner

The 94 hums
up the rough side
of Stanton.

open windows blare
drums in the pocket,
the breakdown
of the perfect DC groove.
Washington Views

The 90 salsas across town
into the forgotten
bottom of DC,

a car alarm echoes its
protest on MLK

two porch griots wail
their pain and pity.

two preachers can be heard
through the sanctuary walls,
one reading scripture,
the other raptured in a moan.

The smell of last night’s first drink
poured out in a crooning ballad
for the missed and missing
…………..a song [...]

DC SPOTLIGHT SUMMER POETRY CONTEST – Submission Rules

DC SPOTLIGHT SUMMER POETRY CONTEST – Submission Rules

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May 18, 2011
Poetry

DC Spotlight Newspaper is happy to announce its first poetry competition.  Are you a hot new poet waiting to be discovered?  Is your poetry more compelling and passionate than most?  Send us your poems.  Poets can submit a maximum of five poems.  Poets may reside within or outside the United States.

Topics of  the poems: Open to the poet

Poetry contest guidelines follow:

Submission Period: May 1- July 25, 2011
Deadline: July 25, 2011
Submission Fee: $5.00 per [...]

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