Creative Writing Club celebrates poetry month with first competition

A photo of Kenneth Wilson

The creative writing club at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville celebrated poetry month in April by sponsoring the club’s first poetry competition. Kenneth Wilson took first place for his poem “llabrorrim mirrorball” and honorable mention for “Haiku 379.” There were 25 entries submitted from eight competitors.

Wilson, of Judsonia, is a senior at Lyon College working toward a bachelor’s degree in English. He is also taking classes at UACCB through the Transfer and Exchange Collaboration agreement between the two colleges. He said the inspiration behind “llabrorrim mirrorball” was the concept of self-image.

“My train of thought for that poem was how we look at ourselves and often have a negative self-image. It focuses on how we deal with those issues,” he said.

“Haiku 379” was nature inspired. “I grew up in the middle of nowhere and have a deep appreciation for nature and the environment. I’d rather be in the woods than a town, even a small town. I hope when people read my poetry, it gives them a deep appreciation for nature and their place within it,” he said.

Wilson won a $25 gift card and two tickets to the Melba Theater for taking first place. Mirranda Hissong won second and third place for “Paper Doll” and “Practically Blind Cat” respectively.

The River Poets of Batesville, the local chapter of the Poet’s Round Table of Arkansas, served as the judges for the contest. Dr. Marla Bennett, faculty sponsor of the creative writing club, said because of the positive response to the first competition, club members hope to make the contest an annual event.