This past Sunday all the Sarabandistas had the chance to sit back, relax, and enjoy a whole bunch of pie in celebration of some mighty fine Kentucky students. Every year we throw a party–yes, a pie-themed party–for the winners of our Flo Gault Student Poetry Contest. Thanks to a handful of local restaurants, pizzerias, and bakeries like Lilly’s, Café Fraiche, Proof on Main, Stellar Sweets, and Heine Brothers’ Coffee, we’re able to provide delicious pies of many varieties to our honored guests.
Each year we award the students with cash prizes; first place receives a printed broadside of his/her winning poem. Western Kentucky swept the competition in 2012 and Haley Edwards of WKU came away with First Prize and a broadside (see below) printed at Hound Dog Press for her poem, “Portrait of My Mother in Cigarette Ashes.”
A bonus to this year’s party was the appearance of duPont Manual high school students, Emily McConville and Zoe Schaver, editors of the The Red Pen. Emily, Zoe and other staff of The Red Pen were recently awarded the Courage in Journalism Award for thwarting censorship imposed by their administration to publish a volume of their publication based around LGBT issues. After reading about their struggle and triumph, Sarabande decided to lend a helping hand by awarding the staff with a small donation toward the Pen’s printing costs for their next issue.