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Date(s) - 05/17/2021 - 07/12/2021
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Southeast Steuben County Library


Buffalo Soldiers Poetry Contest

Last year the Southeast Steuben County Library was given a grant in memory of Keith Vaughan, to create programming that educates people about the Buffalo Soldiers*. As part of those programs, the Library is sponsoring a poetry contest about the Buffalo Soldiers.

There will be two submission levels – teen and adult. There will be prizes, including a monetary award and a small physical prize.

1st – $75.00 + physical award
2nd – $50.00 + physical award
3rd – $25.00 + physical award

• The judges for the contest will be Akua Lezli Hope; Karen Alpha; and Wendy Low.
• Submissions should be emailed to Michelle Wells, Adult Services Librarian: wellsm@stls.org.
• She will number and send the poems to the judges for blind judging.
• Entrants must live in the five county area of Allegany, Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben and Yates.
• Entrants will have until the June 30 to submit their poem.
• The Judges will provide their choices to Michelle, who will make the public announcement of the winners on July 21.
• There will be an online program at 7:00 PM the evening of July 28th, National Buffalo Soldier’s Day, with a brief keynote speech about the Buffalo Soldiers and the winners will read their poems. The event will take place on the Zoom platform, and will be recorded. Please email Michelle Wells to get the Zoom link to join the event live: wellsm@stls.org

*Who were the Buffalo Soldiers? Buffalo soldiers were African American soldiers who mainly served on the Western frontier following the American Civil War. In 1866, six all-Black cavalry and infantry regiments were created after Congress passed the Army Organization Act. – History.com

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