Student’s poetry recognized

It seems words flow like water for Greenwich High School student Anne Merrill, who has been selected as a finalist in the 2013 River of Words International Youth Creativity Contest.

Anne’s winning poem will be published in the upcoming River of Words anthology.

Conducted in affiliation with the Library of Congress Center for the Book, the annual contest celebrates both National Poetry Month and Earth Day, and is the largest youth poetry and art competition in the world.

Poems for this year’s event were judged by former U.S. Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize recipient Robert Hass, who founded the contest in 1995 to celebrate poetry related to environmental themes.

“The mission of River of Words is to promote literacy, the arts, and environmental awareness. Our goal is to help children fall in love with the earth, and you can see in the works of these young artists a deep and respectful love of the world around them,” Mr. Hass said.

An award ceremony will be held in San Francisco for Earth Day, emceed by Mr. Hass as he honors the poets chosen from among thousands of entrants.

This is the second year that one of Anne’s poems has been selected for publication by River of Words; she has also received awards for writing from the prestigious Scholastic Art & Writing contest, including a national gold medal, two national silver medals, six gold keys, six silver keys and nine honorable mention awards for her poetry, short fiction and persuasive and journalism non-fiction.

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