The English Department is delighted to present its 19th annual festival of original writing by COC faculty, university, and staff: the Poets and Writers Reading. It’s a chance for individuals who write to connect with others about their writing, poetry, or other fiction and their love for good writing! The festival is free and open to all students enrolled in English courses. However, children under the age of twelve (with parent consent) are not permitted to participate in the program. This award-winning festival draws hundreds of visitors to the English department every year. Here are some of the poet and writer favorites from past events:
2021 winner Michael Chabon: His poetry collection, Swords, is a gorgeous, poetic, and profoundly moving collection that will make you feel both inspired and rejuvenated. A poetic tale of loss and transformation, Swords takes you on a journey through time and space as it chronicles the poet’s spiritual and physical journeys throughout his life. Each poem is wonderfully illustrated with rich, high-resolution photographs accompanied by lively, descriptive texts. Chabon’s poems “Map of the Ages,” “The Naked Face,” and “Love,” will all draw the attention of both student and non-student guests. This is a wonderful workshop for poets looking to increase their writing ability and writers looking for inspiration and motivation.
2021 bronze winner: After her amazing win in the poetry slam, “A Time of Honeymoon and Twilight” author Jennifer Jeffries set off on a world tour, traveling to seven countries in six months to promote her book and increase visibility for her release. She enjoyed the experience so much she made a book tour schedule that will be similar in the future. This double act of public visibility and fanfare was a selling point for her and helped boost her reputation as one of the best poets in the country. Her poetry will always be appreciated by lovers of poetry and those who love to celebrate new beginnings. If you are a lover of poetry or an admirer of great literature, this is the right event for you to take part in.
2021 winner of the International slam poetry competition: This was a very close competition between four British poets who all received their slams at the same year and placed in the same division. Regarded as one of the best poets in the world, Matt Ball’s collection “God Save the Wolf” won him the award. Poets who enjoy the poetry of James Joyce have not given up hope of one day sharing the Nobel Prize with him. Ball is one of the most accomplished poets working today.
2021 winner of the International slam poetry competition: This was a competition between four British poets who all received their slams at the same year and placed in the same division. The poems were judged on style, sentimentality, originality, and originality in composition. The poems that won this competition went on to become the favorite poems of readers and have been featured in some of the most popular poetry books around the world. Vishwanath Tiwari, Ravi Verma, Amrita Sher-Gil, and Sukhwinder Singh are known as the “Godfathers of Modern Indian Writing”. These poets have gone on to receive many other awards for their poetry and have inspired many more poets.
2021 winner of the Satellite Award for Outstanding Achievement in Poetry: This award was presented by the Satellite Publishers and was presented to PV Sundaram, a prominent writer from India. The Satellite Awards aim at highlighting the contribution made by authors outside traditional publishing houses and highlighting one-man/woman publishing houses. It also aims to encourage authors and publishers to diversify their product offerings and build upon their previous success.
2021 winner of the Pushkar pulp prize: This award was presented by the Pushkar literary festival. The judging committee had selected Pushkar as one of the cities with the maximum number of books of prose written by poets. Pushkar was chosen from among over 500 poems in all. Pushkar was one of the three cities along with Delhi and Khajuraho, which was chosen as the cities with the maximum number of Pushkar temples. The poems written by these poets have inspired millions of people around the world.
The proliferation of self-publishing houses has increased the scope and impact of poetry in the Indian literary world. It has also increased the scope and impact of poets in the wider Indian audience. The popularity of poets like Kalid Ali, Mulk Raj Anand, Kamala Markandya, Amrita Sher-Gil, Manish Malhotra and others has increased tremendously. In this competitive and multicultural society, poets and writers are constantly under threat.