Mike Coleman. (Citizen file)

Cowichan Foundation Poetry and spoken word contest honours late founder

Mike Coleman loved poetry

A spoken word/poetry contest is being held in honour of late Cowichan Foundation founder Mike Coleman.

“This competition will encourage young artists to promote their talents and showcase them within our community,” Cowichan Foundation president Daniel Varga said.

The contest is open to youth aged 16-20 who have graduated from or are attending a Cowichan Valley school. Contestants must submit an original poem or spoken word peice, along with a short bio. They’ll also have to submit a video of themselves reading their work.

“We are encouraging the contestant to be creative for this video, as there will be points for presentation,” said Varga.

A $2,500 cash prize will go to the winner, $500 for second and $250 for third but the deadline to enter is soon — May 30, so youth are encouraged to get to work — and fast!

Winners will be announced on Friday, June 17.

Coleman was a true Renaissance man, serving as mayor of Duncan for more than two decades, working as a lawyer — and writing and publishing poetry.

For contest scoring criteria and a submission form please visit https://www.cowichanfoundation.com/the-mc-poetry-spoken-word-competition/

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