An Explosion of Creativity from Poet Tree Bird Houses

Indian Trail Cultural Arts Center, Kym Gordon Moore, Bird House Poetry

(L-R) Susan Didier, Fran Hedrick, Ryan Petty, Roger Fish, Ruth Roth, Christian George, Kym Gordon Moore, Isabella Fish and Kaavya Washington

By Kym Gordon Moore

I want to say congratulations to all of our participants and winners of the Poet Tree Bird House Contest, held on Saturday November 8, at the Indian Trail Cultural Arts Center. Susan Didier, Indian Trail Community Development Specialist and Kym Gordon Moore, Poetry Facilitator and Moderator, planned the first Poet Tree Bird House competition for children and adults. What an unbelievable night of fun, creativity and ingenuity that was displayed in an awesome parade of bird houses, woven with the free spirit of poetry and art.

Poetry compositions were written in any poetic form or expression the contestant desired. The poem had to represent the theme of their decorated bird house. Contestants were encouraged to let their imaginations go wild and think outside of the box. We would also like to thank Peddlers Marketplace, located in Indian Trail, who generously donated the unfinished bird houses for our contestants. During the ceremony, multi-media artist, Erin Penland, used an undecorated bird house to create her artistic interpretation of all entries that were presented and on display during the award ceremony.

Erin Penland, Indian Trail Cultural Arts Center, Poet Tree Birdhouses

Erin Penland, Multi-media Artist explains her rendition of the evening’s parade of Poet Tree inspiration

Contestants included:
Christian George, who recited his poem, The Cardinal. Roger Fish recited his poem, House for Wrent. Sarah Kloppardt who was not in attendance, wrote the poem Our Home, while Kim and Jeremy Palma collaborated on the poem World of Unlimited Possibilities.

Isabella Fish won the Best Poem award in the Children’s category, for her poem, When Pigs Fly. Kaavya Washington won Best Decorated bird house in the Children’s category. The name of her poem is Flying.

Ruth Roth won Best Decorated bird house in the Adult category. Her poem was entitled Bird Seasons. Fran Hedrick received Best Poem in the Adult category for her poem, A Cardinal’s Christmas Home Coming. Ryan Petty won Best Overall in the Adult category for his bird house and poem titled, Kindred Points.

Upon the conclusion of the awards ceremony, open mic continued with readings from Dwight Roth (What Sustains Me), Christian George (Undue Lovers – a Villanelle), Dr. Roger Fish (An Autumn Walk) and a surprise poem by a new audience member, Gaston Moise (Gaston’s Rap on Anti-Bullying). On the second Saturday of each month, the stage is set for free open mic events held at the Indian Trail Cultural Arts Center.

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Canned goods were also collected by Poets for Hunger© and the Cultural Arts Center. These food items will be donated to Common Cupboard, a local food pantry, who will distribute to families in need for Thanksgiving. Canned goods and non-perishable food items can still be dropped off at the Indian Trail Cultural Arts Center until November 20. Open mic readings and poetry events are open to the public. Anyone interested in signing up to read at any of our upcoming events can reserve their spot by calling Susan Didier at 704-821-2541.


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