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The Carl Cherry Center for the Arts and The Monterey Public Library are pleased to announce the 2016 Monterey County High School Poetry Awards. As part of Thinking Out Loud, the Cherry Center’s annual exhibit devoted to high school arts, the high school poetry awards encourages the art and practice of poetry by offering educational workshops to high school students throughout Monterey County.The Awards provide students with an opportunity to master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn to write poetry. Now in its 23rd year, the poetry awards have inspired hundreds of high school students to discover classic and contemporary poetry.
Certificates of Merit, Cash Awards and Books of Poetry will be awarded at a reading and ceremony honoring the student poets beginning at 2:00 pm on Saturday, April 30th at The Carl Cherry Center for the Arts at 4th & Guadalupe. The awards are free and open to the public. Additionally, an anthology celebrating the work of contributing students will be published by the Cherry Center.

The poetry awards are held in conjunction with the Cherry Center’s annual high school art exhibit, Thinking Out Loud. The art exhibit runs from March 5 – April 1 at can be viewed at the Cherry Center.
Get Creative.
The world around us is a place of end-less fascination, fun and facts. We hope you will learn some new ways to explore your neighborhood, parks, schoolyard, backyard and wild places with the help of Monterey County High School Poetry Awards. To instigate the creative process, the Monterey County High School Poetry Awards offer workshops to help students make the connection between place and imagination, between language and landscape. For information on workshops please call 831-624-7491.


  1. Submissions must be original poetry in English, Spanish or a combination of both.
  2. The author must be presently enrolled in a Monterey County High School.
  3. No more than three poems allowed per author, and no poem may be more than 40 lines in length.
  4. There are no restrictions as to content, style, form or metrical device.
  5. All entries must be typed. Student’s name, address and phone number must be printed on each poem. Poets should also retain a copy of their poem.

Entries must be postmarked by March 27th and mailed to the Cherry Center for the Arts, PO Box 863, Carmel, CA 93921 or email entries to info@carlcherrycenter.org with the subject line “Thinking Out Loud”

This program is made possible, in part, through grants from the Arts Council for Monterey County through funding from the Monterey County Board of Supervisors, the Community Foundation for Monterey County, the Nancy Buck Ransom Foundation, the Pebble Beach Company Foundation, the Monterey Peninsula Foundation, Volunteer Services for Monterey County, Carmel-by-the Sea Rotary and the Yellow Brick Road Benefit Store.



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