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Seventh grader’s poetry selected for student anthology: Bailey Hmielewski wrote poem ‘Words’ in response to hate speech | Community

A future eighth-grader at Core Knowledge Charter School is set to become a published poet this fall.

In February, Bailey Hmielewski, then a seventh grader, submitted a poem to the A Celebration of Poets competition for students in grades K-9 and was selected to be one of the poets published in the October collection. .

“At the suggestion of a friend who really liked it, I submitted my poem at the end of February,” Hmielewski told reporters. “I was inspired to write this poem by the amount of hate speech that was happening around us and the harm I saw it cause.”

The competition was organized by Utah-based Creative Communication.

“Creative Communication is dedicated to promoting writing, teaching, and appreciating student writing,” its website states. “The purpose of our student writing contests is to motivate student writers. The best entries are published in an anthology that will record the creative ideas of today’s student writers.

Hmielewski will be featured in an anthology that includes approximately 45% of the poems that were submitted.

“I enjoy creating in many forms – painting, music, writing poems, short stories, film scripts with my brother and more,” Hmielewski said. “When I write, I often think of current events or issues in our world for inspiration. Some of my favorite poets are Emily Dickenson and Amanda Gorman.

Creative Communication holds three competitions per year in the spring, summer, and fall for public, private, or home school students in the United States, from which the top 45-55% of entries are selected for publication in one of the three annual anthologies.

“For more than 20 years, Creative Communication has helped inspire and encourage student writers with our national writing contests,” its website states. “The founders of our company come from a family of artists and educators. We believe that school writing programs are the greatest motivator for young writers and that our contests and publications enhance the curriculum of your writing program. Our philosophy in judging entries is to be selective so that it is an honor to be published, but not so exclusive that it is daunting to enter the contest.

Poems can be 21 lines or less on any topic and written in any style. No registration or purchase fees were required to participate.

“Our goal is to help your student find their creative competition by expressing their thoughts and feelings with the power of writing,” the organization states on its website.