Poetry contest

Richardson and Shaw win RCC poetry competition

LUMBERTON — April was National Poetry Month and to celebrate Robson Community College’s English department and Friends of the Arts, they sponsored the ninth annual poetry contest.

There were two categories, one for students at Robeson Community College and one for faculty and staff. The writing themes this year were ‘The Power of Words’ and ‘True Beauty’.

Each winner received a medal and a gift bag containing gift cards and other items.

First place in the faculty and staff category went to Rebecca Shaw for her poem “Postcard Sestina,” and Anna Richardson took first place in the student category with the poem “Does a Rose Not Have Thorns?” The two received a check for $100.

Michaela Mickles with the poem “Real ‘Beauty’ which took second place, and Summer Bullard who placed third with the poem titled “Set Free”.

Arthur Hall, who wrote the poem “The Power of Words (Proverbs 18:21)”, ranked second among faculty and staff.

“Beauty Is Real,” a poem by Angela Lamb ranked third.

All winners have been invited to read their poems at the college’s inaugural Poetry Slam, which will take place in the fall 2022 semester at Robeson Community College.

“The English Department and Friends of the Arts would like to thank all participants,” read a statement from the RCC.