Put poetry, the Pratt, and free opportunity for artists together, and what do you get? The Pratt Library’s Poetry Contest, now accepting entries through March 1.
The Pratt has offered this free contest, open to Maryland
residents age 18 and older, for eight years. At least 250 entries usually flow
in from at least 18 counties. A local journal judges the entries anonymously
and publishes the winning poem. This year we’re collaborating with Little Patuxent Review.
The 2019 winner will also enjoy the spotlight at Baltimore’s
CityLit Festival, on Saturday, April 27, and at a special library celebration
of the finalists one evening this summer.
Poems are like windows—ways of seeing new things—so how
great is it that a window sparked the idea for the Poetry Contest? The Poetry
Programming Work Group, a team of Central Library staff who coordinate the
Poetry & Conversation series and other events, were looking for ways to showcase
poetry. “We should have a contest and put the winning poem in the window!”
someone said, referring to the Central Library’s huge show windows. The contest
that developed makes waves through Maryland and beyond.
To learn the rules for the contest and read winning poems
from earlier years, please visit our Poetry
Contest page. The person who wins the 2019 contest could be you!
The Enoch Pratt Free Library and Baltimore County Public Library are pleased to offer Entrepreneur Academy. The innovative initiative is designed to serve the Baltimore region by providing access to training for small business entrepreneurs and solopreneurs.
For seven decades, Baltimore’s “First Lady of Jazz” delighted audiences with her singing. Ethel Ennis died in her Baltimore home on Sunday at age 86. The Pratt Library has a number of sources where you can hear and learn more about this legendary singer. From an illustrated biography about her life, to the music she was known for, you can learn more Ethel Ennis and her impact on jazz music in America.
The Periodicals Department is sharing in the excitement of the Oscar season by highlighting some of our film periodicals. The Magazine of the Month is Sight & Sound. This monthly magazine is a cinephile’s best friend. Known as “the international film magazine” and published by the British Film Institute (or BFI) since 1932, the publication contains in-depth features, reviews, interviews, columns, previews, and more.
If you want to delve deeper into “the art and politics of film,” check out Cinéaste. Peruse more on the subject with Film Comment andFilm Quarterly. Or for maximum fun, of course we subscribe to Entertainment Weekly. All these titles are available in both print and digital formats.