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November 17, 2018
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
The Collective - Community Arts Center
201 N. Public Rd.
Lafayette, CO 80026
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2018 Michael Adams Poetry Prize

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Poetry Reading and awards night celebrating the Michael Adams Poetry Prize will be on Saturday, November 17, 7 - 9 pm at The Collective Community Arts Center. The event is free and open to the public. Light appetizers will be provided. Wine available for purchase.

The call for entries to the 2018 Michael Adams Poetry Prize is now open.  This competition will be open to all English and Spanish poets as well as English and Spanish Spoken Word poets.  All entries are due October 14, 2018.  Named in honor of the late poet Michael Adams, the Michael Adams Poetry Prize  aims to cultivate and inspire poetry while celebrating Lafayette’s commitment to community arts. Up to $1600 in prize money will be awarded at the public Michael Adams Poetry Prize & Reading on November 17. 

MAPP is open to all Colorado adult and high school poets. The theme of this year’s competition is, “Social Justice” and/ or “The Natural World.”   Prizes will be awarded in English Written Word, Spanish Written Word, English Spoken Word, and Spanish Spoken Word. 

The finalist poets, in both written word categories are invited to read at a poetry reading on November 17, 7:00 – 9:00 pm,  at The Collective, 201 N. Public Road. The first 6 spoken word poets to enter, in each language, will be able to perform their poems at the event on November 17. Winners will be announced at the end of the reading.   The event is free and open to the public. Light appetizers will be provided.  Wine available for purchase.

All entries must be received by October 14; and adult entries require $10.00 entry fee per poem; high school student entries are free.  Entry forms and additional info may be found at

Michael Adams was a founding board member of ARTS!Lafayette and longtime member and chair of Lafayette Cultural Arts Commission as well as a talented poet.  Mike was a talented poet as well as a dedicated leader in the arts in Lafayette. He had a passion for poetry, the arts and community. He was an intelligent, thoughtful and guiding force for many. He had a huge heart and was a stellar volunteer. He lost his life to cancer in September 2013; this contest is named in his honor.  The event is sponsored by LCAC and ARTS!Lafayette.