Judges lined up for second Teen Writing Challenge

Poetry judge, Elizabeth KerlikowskeCover art judge, Paul Sizer

    DECATUR - A full panel of seven judges has been confirmed for the second annual Van Buren County Teen Creative Writing Challenge.
    Fiction judges include Bill Brieger, a writer and instructor for Western Michigan University’s  Academically Talented Youth Program; Meghann Meussen, a specialist in children’s and young adult literature at WMU; and Janie Lynn Panagopoulos, author of A Faraway Home: An Orphan Train Story and other works of historical fiction for young people.
    Poetry judges include Allison Kennedy, executive director at Fire Arts Collaborative in Kalamazoo; Elizabeth Kerlikowske, president of Friends of Poetry and author of Dominant Hand, a collection of poetry; and Joanna Parzakonis, owner and operator of Bookbug, an independent bookstore in Kalamazoo, and a “lifelong lover of wordcraft.”
    Paul Sizer, a Kalamazoo graphic designer and graphic novelist, is the Cover Art judge.
    Writers and artists may submit their works through Saturday, April 15, this year. Finalists are announced via Facebook and library websites on Monday, May 1. Winners are announced Tuesday, May 16, and the Awards Ceremony is Saturday, June 17, in the Antwerp Township Meeting Hall.
    The Challenge is made possible by the partnership of four library systems: Lawton Public Library, Paw Paw District Library, South Haven Memorial Library and Van Buren District Library. Significant funding is provided by the Friends of the Antwerp Sunshine Library, the Friends of the Van Buren District Library and the Friends of the Gobles Library.
    For more information and the complete guidelines, please visit the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/vbtcwc or call Jeffrey Babbitt at (269) 668-2534.

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