“Poetry: Crackin’ & Poppin at The Peanut Shoppe” is a monthly contest that gives young people ages 5 to 17 the opportunity to earn prizes from The Peanut Shoppe for their poetry.
Jason F. Blakely, owner of Poetry is Life Publishing, says he has worked with young people in after-school programs and summer camps for 15 years between the Firestone Park YMCA and what used to be the Canal Square YMCA.
Participants must use 15 key words in their poem, which are listed on the contest flyer, which may be picked up at The Peanut Shoppe or viewed on www.poetryislifepublishing.com under the Listen! To Us! field.
Poetry Is Life Publishing is a small book-publishing company whose purpose is to give poets who are wealthy in talent (but may face financial challenges in the quest to become published) the equal opportunity to make a valuable contribution to poetry by helping poets get their voices out to the world through affordable, quality, personalized, professional and genuine book publishing and related services.
Blakely says he decided to partner with The Peanut Shoppe because of its fun, family-friendly atmosphere and its unique history and importance to the city. “My experiences have always been pleasant, and I am always greeted with a smile and a kind word from the employees, and they have always treated our groups of kids very well,” he says. “I am very grateful for those experiences.”
He says that giving young people the opportunity to learn about The Peanut Shoppe and earn tasty treats through a monthly poetry contest would be something that would spark an interest in them and give them an incentive for sharing their poetry. It also is a creative way to express themselves while supporting a local business.
The contest requires those who are interested, ages 5 to 17, to write an original poem using 15 key words, locating on the contest flyer. Three winners will be chosen each month for the contest and they will receive a small box of popcorn and a small bag of candy and peanuts. Their poems will be hung in The Peanut Shoppe and posted online for people to see.